2018 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR, BARCELONA
- June 13th-14th
- Barcelona, Spain
- Club Natacío Sant Andreu
- Meet Central
- Entry List
- Live Results
The opening session of the Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum Tour saw a ton of big names hit the water, including a few who weren’t at the first stop in Canet.
One of those swimmers is American Kathleen Baker, who dropped her previous season best of 1:00.20 down to 59.47 in the women’s 100 back, moving her into 7th in the world rankings and giving her the top seed for the final. It’s also notable that it’s her fastest in-season swim ever, having only gone faster at the 2016 Olympic Trials, 2016 Olympics, 2017 World Trials and 2017 World Championships.
Denmark’s Mie Nielsen took the 2nd seed in 1:00.35, slightly faster than she was in the prelims in Canet before she won the final in 59.88, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu made it through in 5th (1:01.03).
For Missy Franklin, who swam the 100 back in Canet in a time of 1:03.48, she opted to scratch out in Barcelona, only swimming the 200 free this morning. The 2013 world champion had a good swim there, making it through to the A-final in 4th in 1:59.36, over a second faster than she was in the prelims in Canet and not far off her time from finals (1:58.91).
Canadian teen Kayla Sanchez leads that women’s 200 free field, improving her lifetime best by a tenth in 1:58.17. Her teammates Rebecca Smith (1:59.29) and Taylor Ruck (1:59.65) had solid swims for 3rd and 5th, and Rikako Ikee (2:00.09) and Hosszu (2:00.29) also got through in 6th and 7th. Ruck won the race in Canet in a time of 1:55.68.
Ruck also swam the 50 free, where she took the top seed in 24.92 ahead of the Netherlands’ Kim Busch (25.20). Prior to 2018 Ruck had never broken 25 seconds, but has now done so nine times.
Also making headlines on day 1 was Michael Andrew, who took a pair of #1 seeds in the men’s 50 back and 50 fly.
While Andrew didn’t swim the 50 back on the first stop, he did do the 50 fly where he was 3rd, and took the top seed in that event this morning as well in a time of 23.46. That’s a tenth faster than Canet, but still a tenth off his season best of 23.37 which has him in a tie for 8th in the world. Andriy Govorov, who won the first stop in 23.04, sits 2nd in 23.70.
- After putting up some of the world’s fastest swims of the year in the 50 and 100 breast in Canet, Russian Yuliya Efimova had a decent preliminary swim in the 50 breast in Barcelona, posting the top time of 30.79. American Molly Hannis, who is 2nd fastest in the world this year (with Efimova 3rd), qualified 3rd in 31.21, and Katie Meili (31.38) is 4th. Efimova also swam the 200 breast, where she squeaked into the A-final in 8th (2:28.10) with Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero (2:27.01) leading the way.
- Shinri Shioura leads the stacked men’s 100 free field in 49.42, with Japanese countryman Katsuhiro Matsumoto 2nd in 49.68. Held also made the A-final in this event in 5th.
- Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki was the only man sub-1:00 in a stacked men’s 100 breast, checking in at 59.91. He was the runner-up to Adam Peaty on the first stop in 59.55. Notably making it to the final was Ilya Shymanovich, Anton Chupkov and Kirill Prigoda, while Andrew swam the 9th fastest time in 1:01.65 and will swim the B-final.
- Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki qualified 1st in the men’s 200 back in 2:02.23, just ahead of U.S. junior Bryce Mefford (2:02.46).
- Bence Biczo of Hungary topped the men’s 200 fly field in 1:58.88, followed by James Guy (1:59.09) and Viktor Bromer (1:59.26).
- Russia’s Svetlana Chimrova clocked 57.73 in the women’s 100 fly for the top seed, not far off her season best 57.39 from the Russian Championships in April. Rikako Ikee, winner in Canet, qualified 2nd in 58.30, and Rebecca Smith is 3rd in 59.05.
- David Verraszto leads the men’s 200 IM in 2:02.63, with Gunnar Bentz making his first appearance on the circuit in 2nd in 2:03.58.
- Norwegian Henrik Christiansen was the fastest in the men’s 400 free in 3:53.14, as he’ll look to improve on his runner-up finish in Canet. The winner there Naito Ehara easily advanced in 3rd.