The Mare Nostrum series’ Monaco stop – the final stop on the tour – has posted start lists that include some huge names, including the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu, the American SwimMAC contingent led by Ryan Lochte, and the rising group of Danish women including world record-holder Rikke Moller Pedersen.
A number of big swimming nations have sent some of their best athletes, including Denmark, Japan, Canada and Germany to what should be an outstanding conclusion to the Mare Nostrum series.
Hosszu’s name shows up the most, as it often does on start lists. The Hungarian sensation looks like she’ll contest nearly every event, and is the top seed in a good number of them.
Lochte is the biggest name, but American pro hub SwimMAC has brought most of its studs out, too. Breaststroker Micah Lawrence should be a force, and Zimbabwean backstroker Kirsty Coventry, making a career comeback, is also entered. Sprinter Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace is on a hot streak after a great Charlotte Pro Swim Series meet, and is the top seed in the 50 free. And high school senior Kathleen Baker, one of the nation’s best young swimmers, will also compete.
Then there’s Moller Pedersen, the world record-holder in the 200 breast who should go head-to-head with Lawrence and a host of others in that race. (That field also includes Japan’s Kanako Watanabe and Canada’s NCAA-winning Kierra Smith). Denmark will also be represented by flyer/freestyler Jeanette Ottesen, backstroker Mie Nielsen and sprinter Pernille Blume, among others. Flyer Viktor Bromer is in contention on the men’s side.
Watanabe is a part of a strong Japanese group, too, though the headliner has to be Kosuke Hagino, arguably the world’s best IMer at the moment. His teammate Daiya Seto is also entered, as is backstroker Ryosuke Irie.
One more huge name worth mentioning is South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who will look to stay on top of the world’s butterflyers in Monaco.
A few other big international names represented on the start lists:
- Japan: Miki Uchida, Kosuke Kitajima, Yasuhiro Koseki
- Germany: Steffen Deibler, Paul Biedermann, Christian Diener, Marco Koch
- Canada: Ryan Cochrane, Hilary Caldwell
- USA: Nic Fink, Mark Weber, Matt Josa
- France: Jeremy Stravius, Frederick Bousquet
- Australia: Matt Abood
The Monaco meet will take place June 13-14, with the other two stops (Canet, France and Barcelona, Spain) coming in the week prior.