2022 Mare Nostrum Tour Barcelona – Day 1 Live Finals Recap


With just two days of competition per Mare Nostrum Tour stop, we have back-to-back stacked racing on the agenda each of those days here in Barcelona.

The fields have filled out a bit more than the first stop in Monaco, which means we have even more talent on which to keep an eye as the races transpire.

Already this morning we saw a solid morning swim from the reigning 200m free Olympic champion Tom Dean, with the British swimming logging a 2free top seed of 1:46.89. He’ll be chased by the likes of multi-Monaco title winner Matt Sates of South Africa and Olympic medalist Fernando Scheffer of Brazil, not to mention World Championships medalist in the event Katsuo Matsumoto of Japan.

A highlight of the women’s prelims came in the 100m breast, with German national record holder Anna Elendt staking her claim on the event with a big-time 1:05.82. That results sits just .24 outside of her national standard and lifetime best of 1:05.58 the Texas swimmer logged just this past March.

We’ll see what Elendt has in store tonight when she races in the final against the #1 swimmer in the world in the event right now, Reona Aoki of Japan, the reigning Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States and the rest of the field.

A showdown in the men’s 50m free among some of the best in the world is also a marquis race, with Bruno Fratus (BRA), Ben Proud (GBR), Thom De Boer (NED), Michael Andrew (USA) and more in the mix.


  • GOLD – Joris Bouchaut (FRA), 7:53.03
  • SILVER – Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA), 7:53.53
  • BRONZE – Daniel Wiffen (IRL), 7:55.16

The French earned the first gold medal of this Barcelona stop of the 2022 Mare Nostrum Tour, with Joris Bouchaut getting to the wall in a time of 7:53.03 in this men’s 800m free.

That gave him the edge over teammate Marc-Antoine Olivier who was exactly a half second behind in 7:53.53 while Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen grabbed bronze in 7:55.16.

Bouchaut owns a lifetime best of 7:52.37 in this event, so tonight’s swim checks in less than a second away from his career’s quickest performance.


Reminder, whereas the stroke 50’s were contested as skins at the Monaco stop, the 50’s here in Barcelona are swum as prelims/finals.

Canada went 1-2 in this women’s 50m back, with national record holder Kylie Masse clocking a time of 27.47 to lead Ingrid Wilm who touched in 27.85.

Masse owns the national record in a swift 27.18, a mark she produced at this year’s Canadian Trials. The 26-year-old Masse has broken this record 3 times in 2022, having swum a 27.62 at the Trials Prep Event in March to take out her own 27.64 from the 2017 World Championships. At that same meet, Masse posted a 27.52 to bring down the time by another 0.10. before settling into the 27.18.

We also saw our first tie of the meet, with both French swimmer Analia Pigree and Italy’s Silvia Scalia earning bronze in 27.89. Pigree owns the French standard in 27.39 while Scalia’s Italian record stands at 27.66.


  • GOLD – Michael Andrew (USA), 27.06
  • SILVER – Joao Gomes Junior (BRA), 27.18
  • BRONZE – Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA), 27.26

The United States snagged its first medal of this 2nd stop of the Mare Nostrum Tour, courtesy of multi-Olympic finalist Michael Andrew.

23-year-old Andrew fired off a time of 27.06 to get the edge over Brazilian Joao Gomes Junior who touched in 27.18. Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi was right behind in 27.26.

These 3 men all fall among the top 5 performers in the event so far this season, with Martinenghi owning the top time of 26.49. Andrew is #2 in the world with his newly-minted 26.52 American Record while Gomes Junior checks in as the world’s 4th fastest performer this season with 26.62 from April’s Brazil Swimming Trophy.


The top 2 finishers of this women’s 50m fly each notched a time under the 26-second threshold tonight. Leading the charge was Melanie Henique of France who fired off a time of 25.57 to beat out Egypt’s Farida Osman by just .16.

Behind Osman’s 25.73 was Swedish standout Louise Hansson who touched in 26.03. Hansson represents Loughborough, as that is where the former USC Trojan moved her training base as of 2020.

For perspective entering this meet, Henique ranked as the 4th fastest performer in the world in this event, owning a season-best of 25.62. As such, the 29-year-old managed to shave another .05 off of that result to remain in that spot.


18-year-old Matt Sates keeps improving times whenever he swims this men’s 400m IM, dropping his 4:12.74 from Monaco down to now a new lifetime best of 4:11.58.

The former University of Georgia Bulldog nearly cracked Hungarian icon Laszlo Cseh’s long-standing meet record of 4:11.22, a time that’s been on the books since 2008. Sates’ head-turning effort here also nearly overtook the reigning South African national record. That time stands at the 4:11.11 former Florida Gator Sebastian Rousseau logged in 2011.

Spits for Sates’ effort here are below, with Hungarian mainstay David Verraszto coming in with 4:13.54 for silver while two-time Olympic finalist in this event, Max Litchfield of Great Britain rounded out the top 3 in 4:16.21.


  • GOLD – Marrit Steenbergen (NED), 54.16
  • SILVER – Kayla Sanchez (CAN), 54.24
  • BRONZE – Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 54.38

Dutch Short Course European Championships gold medalist Marrit Steenbergen got it done for the top prize in this women’s 100m free, producing the fastest time of 54.16.

Opening in 26.22 and closing in 27.94, 22-year-old Steenbergen of the Netherlands just put up the 5th fastest performance of her career. Her personal best rests at the 53.97 she hit at the inaugural European Games in 2015. She then took a break to focus on her studies while tonight’s 54.16 result marks her fastest in the past 2 years.

A pair of Canadians Kayla Sanchez and Maggie MacNeil were right in the mix for silver and bronze, respectively hitting times of 54.24 and 54.38.

For world champion MacNeil, this meet marks her first racing appearance since having suffered a fractured elbow earlier this year.


The top trio of men all got under the 54-second threshold with ease in this 100m backstroke, led by 21-year-old Olympic relay medalist Thomas Ceccon,

Ceccon comfortably got to the wall ahead of the field with a mark of 53.18, not terribly off his season-best of 52.99 he established this past January. He owns the Italian national record with the 52.30 he notched at the Olympic Games.

32-year-old veteran Ryosuke Irie landed on yet another podium, creeping in with a time of 53.46, about a half second off of his 52.88 notched at the Japan Swim in April to qualify for next month’s World Championships. That rendered Irie ranked 4th, one slot ahead of Ceccon, in this season’s world rankings.

As a testament to Irie’s longevity, the man still owns the overall Mare Nostrum record in this event with the 53.08 he produced over a decade ago.

As for Coetze, at 17 he represented South Africa’s youngest swimming Olypian last year in Tokyo. Now an 18-year-old, he has qualified for his first senior World Championships for Budapest and came in with 53.72 here for the bronze. That’s a new season-best for the teen.


As mentioned above, Elendt of both Germany and the University of Texas fired on all cylinders this morning, registering a super quick prelims time of 1:05.82 in this women’s 100m breast.

The 20-year-old toned it down a tad tonight, although she still wound up on top with a mark of 1:06.07.

Japan’s Reona Aoki, who currently ranks #1 in the world in this event, settled for silver in 1:06.43, while Sophie Hansson of Sweden rounded out the top 3 in 1:06.60.

Of note, the reigning Olympic champion in this event, Lydia Jacoby of the United Stated, clocked a time of 1:06.66 to fall just .06 shy of the podium.


Although last week was the lightning round skins format of the stroke 50’s, the winner there in Monaco, Bruno Fratus of Brazil, collected another gold here.

Punching a time of 21.78, Fratus was slightly off his final mark of 21.49 from Monaco but was still speedy enough to hold off British national record holder Ben Proud.

Proud produced 21.89 for silver while Andrew secured his 2nd medal of the night with a 22.06 for bronze.

Andrew has been as fast as 21.45 this season, which slotted him as the #2 swimmer in the world this season behind teammate Caeleb Dressel. Fratus’ swim from Monaco inserted him as the 3rd fastest performer while Proud remains 10th with his 21.72 time from the Edinburgh International meet.


  • GOLD – Regan Rathwell (CAN), 2:09.54
  • SILVER – Eszter Szab0 (HUN), 2:09.62
  • BRONZE – Aviv Barzelay (ISR), 2:11.68

Greater Ottawa’s Regan Rathwell threw down a big personal best to win this women’s 200m back. Opening in 1:03.66 and bringing it home in 1:05.88, the University of Tennessee commit nabbed the gold just .08 ahead of a charging Hungarian.

In the process, Rathwell became Canada’s 4th fastest 17-year-old in history.

Eszter Szabo was a fingernail too late, but still secured silver in 2:09,62, the only other time of the field under 2:11. Szabo’s result here also represents a personal best, slicing .10 off of the 2:09.72 she collected at the 2021 European Championships.

Israeli swimmer Aviv Barzelay was tonight’s bronze medalist in 2:11.68.


Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands nabbed the men’s 200m breast victory here in a time much quicker than Monaco.

Just days ago the 26-year-old national record holder put up a time of 2:10.91 at the first stop while he was 2:08.65 here to beat out a pair of Japanese swimmers.

Racing on the Mare Nostrum Tour for the first time in 3 years, the Japanese squad brought many members who will be representing the nation next month in Budapest. Two of those swimmers are Yu Hanaguruma and Ryuya Mura, who finished with the silver and bronze, respectively here.

Hanaguruma touched in 2:10.79 while Mura posted 2:11.86 behind him. As a reminder, Hanaguruma notched a time of 2:07.99 at the Japan Swim to qualify for Worlds, becoming Japan’s 7th fastest 200m breast performer in the process.


Laura Stephens of Great Britain nearly put up a personal best en route to winning this women’s 200m fly. The once-Plymouth Leander, now Loughborough athlete, stopped the clock tonight in 2:07.12, just .08 shy of the 2:07.04 PB produced last year.

Japan’s Kina Hayashi snagged silver in 2:07.27 while American Emma Sticklen of the University of Texas nabbed bronze in 2:08.41.

For Hayashi, she represents Japan’s 3rd faster performer of all time via her 2:06.41 title-winning effort at the Japan International Trials this past April.

Sticklen checked in with a personal best in this event, with her 2:08.41 surpassing the 2:08.88 she logged at the U.S. International Team Trials meet.


Among the likes of Hungary’s Kristof Milak, Switzerland’s Noe Ponti and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, it was Japan’s Naoki Mizunuma who got his hand on the wall first for 100m fly gold.

Mizunuma produced a winning effort of 51.46 to out-touch 200m fly world record holder and Olympic champion Milak, with the Hungarian sliding into silver in 51.51.

Just .20 later it was the 100 fly Olympic bronze medalist Ponti who scored bronze in 51.71.

In March of this year, 25-year-old Mizunuma became the first Japanese swimmer ever to delve under the 51-second barrier in this event. At his nation’s International Trials meet, Mizunuma ripped a lifetime best of 50.86 to break the historic barrier.


Israel’s national record holder Anastasia Gorbenko was the fastest woman in a very tight 200m IM field, one which saw the top 3 finishers separated by only .34.

Gorbenko soared to 2:10.65 to edge out Hungarian multi-Olympic medalist Katinka Hosszu. Hosszu was the runner-up in 2:10.75 while yet another Olympian, Abbie Wood, earned bronze in 2:10.99.

Gorbenko remains as the 4th fastest performer in the world with her slightly quicker 2:10.43 from April, while Wood’s season-best of 2:10.64 from March also keeps her as #8 in the world this season.


Although Great Britain’s Tom Dean entered this final as the newly-minted Barcelona meet record holder, it was 18-year-old Sates of South Africa who broke through to lower the mark once again on the same day.

Registering a mark of 1:45.91, Sates not only delved under the 1:46 barrier for the first time in his career, but the teen also outperformed Dean’s morning outing of 1:46.89.

Dean still shined with a silver medal-worthy time of 1:46.27 while Japan’s Katsuo Matsumoto rounded out the top 3 in 1:46.46.

For Sates, the 2free is added to his 4IM victory from earlier in the session, with both results representing personal bests. You can read more about Sates’ 2free record here.


  • GOLD – Simona Quadarella (ITA), 4:06.18
  • SILVER – Gabrielle Roncatto (BRA), 4:08.91
  • BRONZE – Miyu Namba (JPN), 4:09.59

Italy’s distance queen Simona Quadarella wrapped up this first finals session with a win in the 400m free. Clocking 4:06.18, the 23-year-old Olympic medalist kept her space from runner-up Gabrielle Roncatto of Brazil and 3rd place finisher Miyu Namba of Japan.

Roncatto touched in 4:08.91 while Namba hit 4:09.59 to fill out the podium.

We’ve seen this women’s 400m free event get a major overhaul just recently, with Australia’s Ariarne Titmus breaking the legendary Katie Ledecky’s World Record at the just-concluded Aussie Championships. Titmus is now the fastest woman ever in 3:56.40.

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1 year ago

swimswam photo curse strikes again.

Reply to  olivy
1 year ago

Photo curse was thoroughly destroyed during Australian trials

I guess they must have restored it.

Reply to  Swimswamswum
1 year ago

The photo course only works in the northern hemisphere. Like most things, it works in reverse in the southern hemisphere.

Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

States going 4:11 and 1:45 in the same day. That’s pretty close to Phelps-esc. Anyone ever go under 4:10 and 1:46 on the same day? Seems bonkers to me

Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

I think Hagino has done it on the same day.

1 year ago

These 54 sec 100m Free will scare the crap outta those Aussie 15 year old girls

1 year ago

I thought Hosszu was about done but looks like I was wrong.

Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

I was thinking the same thing… after the first 50 fly, she was behind already. I thought that it’d turn into another cringeworthy swim for her. Went to the kitchen to get a glass of water and got a surprise when I came back into the living room.
There are so many, many things to admire about this woman! She’s really old for a 400IMer, but that’s probably the Hungarian in her. They can bear pain like nobodoy else! And she is just so determined. Doesn’t matter how many times people have written her off, she still has brilliant swims in her.

1 year ago

Would very much like to see what Sates could do in the 400 FR…I’d guess at least a 3:44. And the 200 IM, I could see him at 1:56 this season, dare I say 1:55. Sneaky pick for him to win an event at WCs?

Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Didn’t he only qualified in the 2 IM?

1 year ago

50 fly World Record in the Men 100 fly Final B???
21,89 – Jacob Peters
I can’t believe.

Last edited 1 year ago by MZ/X
Scuncan Dott
Reply to  MZ/X
1 year ago

That’s definitely a timing error.

Reply to  MZ/X
1 year ago


1 year ago

1:45.9 after going a 4:11 in the 400 IM in the same session is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen.

The list of dudes who could pull that off is incredibly short.

-Prime MP
-Prime Lochte…?
-Duncan Scott?????

Bing Dong
Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago

Carson Foster

Reply to  Bing Dong
1 year ago

A little premature to say that a guy who has gone 1:45 twice in his life could do it after 2 4IMs and another 200 that day.

Reply to  oxyswim
1 year ago

Wait hasn’t Sates only been 1:45 once though…

Reply to  PNW
1 year ago

Yes, which is why Riccardo is highlighting it as one of the most impressive things he’s seen and putting him in the company that he did. Going a best time or even being near your best time at the end of the day like that should not be expected.

Last edited 1 year ago by oxyswim
Reply to  PNW
1 year ago

Yeah but that once was immediately after a 400IM

Reply to  oxyswim
1 year ago

Yeah but what about 4:09/1:46 low?

In my mind, any session in which Carson can do a 4:08 in the 400 IM is a session where he can do 1:45 in the 200 free. Just doesn’t seem to me like “the double” has been his problem. If he’s on he’s on.

Nathen Drake
Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago

Cseh László in 2009

Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago


1 year ago

At his best probably. Good call.

1 year ago

He definitely has done it

Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago


There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago

Bobby Finke (after 1300 warm up before the 200 free of course).

I’m not sure there’s actually ever been a 400 IM/200 free double at this level before. Not quite the same but there was MP in 2008 who led off the 4×200 free relay in 1:43.3 about an hour after a 1:52.0 leaky goggles 200 fly.

Reply to  Riccardo
1 year ago

Hagino has done it

1 year ago

Haha 🙂

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