2023 Mare Nostrum Barcelona Day 2 Prelims Recap: Chmielewski Clocks 1:55.04 200 Fly


Several swimmers put up notable performances in the morning heats on day two of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona, including Hong Kong’s dynamo Siobhan Haughey

The 25-year-old former University of Michigan Wolverine made her presence known across two events, the women’s 50m free and 200m free.

In the former, Haughey snagged the top spot with a morning outing of 25.01. That landed lane 4 ahead of French swimmer Beryl Gastaldello who clocked 25.13 and Aussie Cate Campbell who produced 25.19 as the 3rd-seeded swimmer.

British Olympian Anna Hopkin is also in the mix with an AM time of 25.24, hoping to land on the podium after missing the 100m free final yesterday.

Haughey put up a new Hong Kong national record in the 50m free event last week in Canet, posting a lifetime best of 24.56.

Haughey was also in control of the women’s 200m free this morning, posting a heats time of 1:58.45. That garnered her the 2nd seed behind Dutch standout Marrit Steenbergen who touched in 1:57.42.

Last week in Canet Haughey threw down a marker of 1:55.42 season-best to rank 6th in the world thus far.

Of note, Canadian Olympic multi-medalist Penny Oleksiak withdrew from this 2free event. Yesterday Oleksiak contested the 100m free where she finished 16th in 56.08.

American Michael Andrew was once again in the water. He forewent the 50m back and instead focused on the 50m fly and 100m breast events.

Andrew logged a time of 23.76 in the former to rank 4th, with his prelims result sitting .21 behind the top-seeded Abdelrahman Elaraby of Egypt who earned the pole position in 23.52.

Hungarian World Record holder Szebasztian Szabo was right behind Elaraby in 23.55 while newly-minted Norweigan 50m free national record holder Nicholas Lia is also in the mix in 23.75.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion in this event Ben Proud of Great Britain was well out of the final, hitting 24.37 for 16th while Florent Manaudou of France and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago withdrew from the race.

Andrew was the 7th-quickest performer this morning in the 100m breast, notching a prelims result of 1:02.12.

It was Lithuanian Adrius Sidlauskas who earned the quickest time, clocking 1:01.07 while Ippei Watanabe of Japan, Darragh Greene of Ireland and Olympic bronze medalist Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy also made the final.

The women’s 50m breast looks to be a potential scorcher with British record holder Imogen ClarkCommonwealth Games champion Lara van Niekerk and Lithuanian Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte all vying for gold.

Clark got her hand on the wall first this morning with a heats swim of 30.50 but that sits just .02 ahead of van Niekerk’s 30.52. Meilutyte cruised to the 3rd seed in 31.08 this morning.

American Lydia Jacoby withdrew from the 50m breast but earned the 2nd seed in the 200m distance here on day two.

Jacoby already nailed a season-best mark of 1:05.84 to grab gold in the 100m breast last night and followed up with a solid 2breast morning performance of 2:27.04.

Jacoby will flank top-seeded Thea Blomsterberg of Denmark who has been on a tear as of late.

Blomsterberg scored a time of 2:24.21 this morning but ranks 5th in the world with her Danish national record of 2:22.61 logged just last month.

Krzysztof Chmielewski of Poland put on a show in the heats of the men’s 200m fly, registering a time of 1:55.04.

This morning’s outing already beats the 1:55.95 the 18-year-old World Junior champion produced in Canet for silver last week behind Japan’s short course World Record holder Tomoru Honda

With the final yet to come, Chmielewski bumps himself up the season’s world rankings to now be positioned as the 8th fastest performer. Honda did not compete in this 200m fly race today.

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Additional Top Seeds

  • Olympic champion Ayoub Hafnaoui of Tunisia will try to double up on gold after winning the men’s 1500m free last night. The 20-year-old leads the 400m free field in 3:50.63.
  • Poland’s World Championships bronze medalist Ksawery Masiuk locked down lane 4 in the 50m back, posting 25.07. That got the edge over Irish national record holder Shane Ryan who touched in 25.10 this morning.
  • The top 5 women’s 400m IM competitors all landed in the 4:44 zone, led by Japanese 16-year-old Mio Narita. Narita earned the top seed in 4:44.40, but Canada’s Ella JansenHungary’s Boglarka Kapas, Ireland’s Ellen Walshe and Canada’s Marie Sophie-Harvey are all right there ready to chase for gold.
  • 17-year-old Polish swimmer Adela Piskorska earned 200m back gold last night in a Paris 2024-worthy effort and the teen will try to make it a double with the 100m back today. She picked up the top seed in 1:00.42 and will try to hold off Irish national record holder Danielle Hill and Dutch national record holder Kira Toussaint.
  • The men’s 100m free saw Spain’s Sergio De Celis Montalban grab lane 4 in 49.21, holding a .02 advantage over Carter who punched 49.23. The 200m free winner from last night, Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan is the 3rd seed in 49.26 and Ceccon of Italy is ready to pounce as the 4th seed in 49.29 for tonight’s final.
  • Switzerland’s Roman Mityukov clocked a time of 1:58.32 to lead the men’s 200m backstroke in the sole sub-2:00 result of the morning.
  • Swedish swimmer Louise Hansson led the women’s 100m fly field in 58.29 while Olympic gold medalist Maggie MacNeil of Canada is right behind in 58.75. Japan’s Rikako Ikee clocked 59.72 to place 9th, just out of the final.
  • The 400m IM winner in Canet, So Ogata of Japan, earned the 200m IM top seed in 2:00.25. He was off the podium in last night’s 400m IM, placing 4th overall.

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Lion Swim
10 months ago

Cole Pratt can’t even hit half of his 100 back PB in the 50 anymore, sucks to see as someone who was hoping he’d be Canada’s go-to backstroker on the men’s side post-Tokyo. Between that and the 59 yesterday, looks like his shoulder recovery isn’t going great.

10 months ago

Good call for oleksiak. Clearly not ready to anchor a world championship relay. Or make a second swim at US junior nationals for that matter. Average full recovery time for that injury is 3-6 months. Time to start maybe asking the hard questions as to why she isn’t fit. (And is getting free sunny vacay trips around the world on Canadian member families dime – the national team isn’t free money. It’s members and tax payers. Some people should remember that).

Reply to  Justanopinion
10 months ago

If I had to put money into someone to win an Olympic medal this cycle, she’s still higher on my list than at least 75% of the Canadians brought to this meet (perhaps all but Maggie, and then maybe Ingrid & Ella are close calls) based on her best times and proven ability to perform on the big stage. In my judgment, a much better chance of return-on-investment (if you define that as Olympic medals, like I, Own the Podium, and Swimming Canada do) to bring her to this training camp/meet, and even Worlds if she and her coaches feel it will facilitate her comeback chances, than putting that money into most of the current national team members.

Reply to  OldManSwims
10 months ago


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Reply to  111111111
10 months ago

at least 75% of the Canadians brought to this meet

Reply to  Justanopinion
10 months ago

Swim Canada seems to be in disarray.Their hpc Toronto must be close to empty and the swimmers who are there seem to be in a flatspin as far as improvement is concerned.The swimmers who are improving seem to be those who find good coaching elsewhere.Time for someone in Swim Canada to look into what’s going on.(or not going on).

Stanley Clark
10 months ago

Pole position? I was just getting used to my daily overdose of threw down

Reply to  Stanley Clark
10 months ago

Actually I think it was Krzysztof Chmielewski that got the Pole position

10 months ago

that is a rapid heats time, if he’s able to go even quicker in the finals, then it’s going to be real quick

Reply to  swimmerfromjapananduk
10 months ago

He was 1:55 high in the heats in Canet and didn’t drop time in the final.

Reply to  Troyy
10 months ago

why i said if he can, but it’ll be hard

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