Hosszu Clocks 200 IM Meet Record At Mare Nostrum Prelims In Barcelona


Katinka Hosszu threw down a new meet record during day two prelims at the Mare Nostrum stop in Barcelona, posting a time of 2:09.07 in the women’s 200 IM.

Hosszu’s swim breaks the record previously held by Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who had been 2:09.56 in 2015.

The 30-year-old Hosszu was just half a second off her season-best time of 2:08.55 which sits atop the world rankings this year.

American Alex Walsh was the #2 qualifier back in 2:13.70.

Prior to this swim, Hosszu cruised through the 200 back heats en route to a finals berth, qualifying second in 2:12.09 behind U.S. junior Phoebe Bacon (2:11.66).

Another notable swim from the session came from the great Adam Peaty, who finished just a tenth off of his 2016 Barcelona meet record in the men’s 50 breast in 26.78. Felipe Lima, who set a Mare Nostrum Series record in Monaco at 26.33, qualified second in 27.13.


  • Silvia Scalia of Italy and Georgia Davies are the top two qualifiers in the women’s 50 back, putting up times of 28.50 and 28.58 respectively, while the rest of the finalists were all sub-29 as well. The eight swimmers who advanced are only separated by 0.42.
  • Jeanette Ottesen, who only recently made her return to the sport after giving birth, took the top spot in the women’s 50 fly in a time of 26.31.
  • Michelle Coleman (54.42) leads Kayla Sanchez (54.64) and Anna Hopkin (54.71) into the final of the women’s 100 free, as the three of them were the only ones sub-55 in the prelims.
  • A negative split from Evgeny Rylov earned him the top seed in the men’s 100 back, splitting 27.26/26.84 en route to a time of 54.10. Guilherme Guido was second in 54.71, and Michael Andrew, who won the event at the first two stops, is third in 54.73.
  • Chasing after the female breaststroke sweep across the entire Mare Nostrum Tour, Russian Yuliya Efimova cruised through the heats of the 100 in a time of 1:07.80 for the top spot. She split 33.53/34.27.
  • Kristian Gkolomeev (22.15) leads world #1 Bruno Fratus (22.27), Ben Proud (22.50), Marcelo Chierighini (22.62) and Andrew (22.63) into the final of the men’s 50 free.
  • Marco Koch was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 breast in 2:11.14.
  • Hungarian Boglarka Kapas (2:10.53) leads Brits Laura Stephens (2:10.70) and Alys Thomas (2:11.02) into the final of the women’s 200 fly.
  • Kristof Milak topped the men’s 100 fly field by half a second this morning in 52.64.
  • Nils Liess of Switzerland posted a 1:48.95 in the men’s 200 free to lead 400 winner Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:49.04) and 100 winner Breno Correia (1:49.07).
  • Delfina Pignatiello will eye down the women’s 400 free win tonight after breaking the 1500 South American Record on Saturday, as she qualified first in a time of 4:10.59.

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“Russian genius” in action in these heats.
Rylov (in quite heavy training considering his 100 free yesterday), swam a huge negative split with a 26.84 in the back-half. At the last Worlds nobody was under 27″, with the fast back-half in the final from Grevers in 27.09.
Efimova swam a 34.27 in the second 50m, faster than the quickest finalist at the same Worlds2017, i.e. Lilly King (34.33).


Rylov and spajari went quite ok on b finals, rylov 49,06 spajari 49,17


Ok, but Rylov was 49.97 in yesterday 100 free heats and, above all, the meaning of my comment was simply giving a reference about how fast were Rylov’s and Efimova’s returns (obviously the first 50m matter, so no comparison about the whole 100m).
Sometimes I wonder why it’s so difficult to understand the meaning of comments here, and thence I wonder why I keep writing (I don’t refer to you, Rafael).


When you figure it out, please let me know 😀


That…. or meldonium….

Ol' Longhorn

To be fair, Efimova’s start and pullout are so poor, despite Shoeman’s tutelage last year, that back-halfing is expected.

bear drinks beer

Rylov’s split at last year’s Euros was 26.11/26.63 and he lost to Kolesnikov(25.53/27.00). He went out too slow and failed to catch up despite having an amazing back-half.


Yes, Rylov’s backstroke races have often been memorable.
Goodbye Bear and everybody.


WERE serious about that?
The whole idea of posting regularly on anonymous web forum trying to find people who are thinking your way or can appreciate your knowledge and dedication to beloved sport is not right from the very beginning. By its nature such public discussions are mostly offensive and hostIle for some unclear to me reasons. People whose opinion you will respect are rarely here and nevertheless your postings are never 0-0. You haven’t been ignored.
Well if it is important for you there is always at least one reader who is waiting for your comments. You will be missed if you are not here.

bear drinks beer

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Pleasantly surprised to see Cam Kurle going 1.49.2 this morning – I don’t think he has been under 1.50 outside of a major target meet before. Good signs for him pushing on this year as he had plateaued since 2016.

Thomas Selig

Yes it would be good to see Kurle starting to kick on again. With Guy looking more like his old self over the Mare Nostrum series and Dean seemingly swimming very well indeed the signs are starting to look a bit more positive for the 4×200 free.


4×200 looks packed; USA a step ahead, then there will be a real scrap behind.


Will be interesting to see who competes for GB in final. I think Guy, Dean and Scott are certain. Who gets the fourth spot? Litchfield, Jarvis or Kurle.


Litchfield hasnt looked as good as he was a few years ago since returning from injury; Don’t doubt he’ll get back though. Agree on the 3 certainties; Fourth man will be fastest from heats if they qualify.


Agreed. I reckon they will have them 3 swim in prelims with Guy anchoring.


Michael Andrew went 53.85 100 Back in final for the win no one else under 54 then next event 50 free went 22.3

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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