2015 MARE NOSTRUM SERIES
- Canet-en-Roussillon, France – June 6-7
- Barcelona, Spain – June 10-11
- Monaco – June 13-14
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The first two events of the second night of the Mare Nostrum Series in Canet-en-Roussillon resulted in two meet records.
For the second day in a row Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte posted a world’s number one time, yesterday it was the 100 breaststroke and today she did it again in the 50 breaststroke. Meilutyte took the women’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 29.88, setting a new meet record in the process.
Just as she did yesterday she took the world’s number one ranking away from Yulia Efimova who had recorded a 30.39 earlier this year.
Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands finished second posting a time of 30.77 followed by Australian Sally Hunter who recorded a 31.36.
Jenna Laukkanen of Finland and American Melanie Magalis tied for fourth in a time of 31.45. Amit Ivry of Israel finished sixth in a time of 31.52 followed by Mariya Liver (31.58) of the Ukraine and Veera Kivirinta (31.88) of Finland.
World record holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain took down the second meet record of the evening winning the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 26.89. Peaty just missed bettering his own season’s best of 26.88 which sits atop of the current world rankings.
With Peaty showing that he can consistently put up some incredibly fast times it should be exciting to see what he can do in Kazan when fully rested.
South African Cameron van der Burgh took the silver in a time of 27.35 followed by Yaushiro Koseki of Japan who finished in a time of 27.56.
Mark Tully of Great Britain finished fourth in a time of 27.79 followed by Giacomo Perez Dortona (27.80) of France, German Hendrik Feldwehr (27.85), Caba Siladji (27.91) of Serbia and Canadian Richard Funk (28.21).
Women’s 50 butterfly
Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark picked up her third gold of the competition taking the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 25.53. The Danish star won both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly on the first day of competition. Ottesen was not far off her season’s best of 25.48 which she recorded at the Danish Open in March.
Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the silver in a time of 25.98 followed by Frenchwoman Melanie Henique who finished in a time of 26.10.
Therese Ashammar of Sweden finished fourth in a time of 26.11 followed by Fran Halsall (26.16) of Great Britain, Rikako Ikee (26.39) of Japan, Canadian Katerine Savard (26.39) and Siobhan Marie O’Connor (26.58) of Great Britain.
Men’s 50 butterfly
Hungarian Laszlo Cseh took the men’s 50 butterfly in a time of 23.68. The race for silver was a tight one between Mehdy Metella of France, Ben Proud of Great Britain and Konrad Czerniak of Poland. Metella took the silver in a time of 23.81 followed by Proud who posted a 23.82 and Czerniak who recorded a 23.85.
American Matthew Josa finished fifth in a time of 23.97 followed by Krisztian Takacs (24.15) of Hungary, Adam Barrett (24.23) of Great Britain and Markel Alberdi Sarobe (24.36) of Spain.
Men’s 1500 freestyle
The men’s 1500 freestyle was a relatively close race with no one swimmer pulling away from the pack significant at any point during the event. Daniel Jervis of Great Britain took the event in a time of 15:05.65 followed by German Soren Meissner who posted a 15:07.90.
Pal Joensen of the Faroe Islands collected the bronze in a time of 15:09.17.
Spaniard Marc Sanchez finished fourth in a time of 15:10.80 followed by German Ruwen Straub (15:11.73), British swimmers Stephen Milne (15:13.06) and Jay Lelliott (15:15.46) and Antonio Arroyo (15:32.98) of Spain.
Olympic silver medalist Canadian Ryan Cochrane was entered in the event, but did not swim.
Women’s 200 butterfly
Canadian Audrey Lacroix had an excellent summer last year winning the women’s 200 butterfly at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a time of 2:07.61. Her time in Glasgow was the fastest that she had swam in four years, today in Canet Lacroix won the women’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:07.63.
With Lacroix swimming that fast at this point in the season is a good sign for what she may be able to accomplish in Kazan.
Natsumi Hoshi of Japan finished second in a time of 2:08.15 followed by Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos who posted a 2:08.58.
Jakabos teammate Lilianna Szilagyi finished fourth in a time of 2:09.20 followed by fellow Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who recorded a 2:09.60.
Alys Thomas of Great Britain finished sixth in a time of 2:09.68 followed by Lara Grangeon (2:09.70) of France and Jemma Lowe (2:11.43) of Great Britain.
Men’s 200 butterfly
The men’s 200 butterfly was a thrilling race between Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, Matsato Sakai of Japan, Viktor Bromer of Denmark and South African Chad le Clos.
Cseh, who won the 50 butterfly earlier in the evening, took the lead in the first 50 meters. Bromer than held the lead through the halfway point up until the 150 meter mark which is when both Sakai and Cseh increased their speed to pace the Dane. Cseh had a little bit more in the tank out touching Sakai by two one-hundredths of a second.
Cseh took the event in a time of 1:56.12 followed by Sakai who collected the silver in a time of 1:56.14. le Clos had the fastest final 50 in the field, splitting a 29.43, but it was not enough to catch Bromer who hit the wall in a time of 1:56.26. le Clos finished fourth in a time of 1:56.36.
- Cseh – 25.94/56.15 (30.21)/1:26.48 (30.33)/1:56.12 (29.64)
- Sakai – 26.01/56.13 (30.12)/1:26.28 (30.15)/1:56.14 (29.86)
- Bromer – 26.31/56.05 (29.74)/1:26.27 (30.22)/1:56.26 (29.99)
- le Clos – 26.09/56.53 (30.44)/126.93 (30.40)/1:56.36 (29.43)
Hungarian David Verraszto finished fifth in a time of 1:57.88 followed by Belgian Louis Croenen (1:58.79), Kosuke Hagino (1:59.08) of Japan and Alexandru Coci (2:00.40) of Romania.
Women’s 400 freestyle
Commonwealth Games and European Championships gold medalist Jazz Carlin of Great Britain won the women’s 400 freestyle with relative ease posting a time of 4:05.43. 2013 World Championships silver medalist Spaniard Melanie Costa finished second in a time of 4:08.32.
Dong Fuwei of China won the bronze in a time of 4:09.65.
Hannah Miley of Great Britain finished fourth in a time of 4:09.72 followed by Chihiro Igrashi (4:11.78) of Japan, Jessica Thielmann (4:14.30) of Great Britain, German Antonia Massone (4:15.66) and Eleanor Faulkner (4:17.33) of Great Britain.
Women’s 100 backstroke
Mie Nielsen of Denmark took the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 59.40. Nielsen was off her lifetime and season’s best of 59.14. Her time from this evening is the fourth fastest that she has ever put up.
Hosszu collected her first medal of the evening recording a time of 1:00.06. She was followed by Kirsty Coventry who finished in a time of 1:00.64.
Three British swimmers finished fourth, fifth and sixth. Fran Halsall posted a time of 1:01.19 followed by Elizabeth Simmonds who recorded a 1:01.20 and Georgia Davies who hit the wall in a time of 1:01.38. German Jenny Mensing finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Davies touching in a time of 1:01.39.
Canadian Hilary Caldwell finished eighth in a time of 1:02.10.
Men’s 100 backstroke
Ryosuke Irie of Japan took the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 53.39 followed by Frenchman Jeremy Stravius who posted a 54.03. Christopher Walker-Hebborn of Great Britain, who currently sits atop of the world rankings with a time of 52.88, took the bronze in a time of 54.36.
Masaki Kaneko finished fourth in a time of 54.45 followed by German Jan Phillip Glania (54.67), Camille Lacourt (55.12) of France, Radoslaw Kawecki (55.38) of Poland and David Gamburg (55.46) of Israel.
Women’s 200 breaststroke
The women’s 200 breaststroke was an incredible race between the two top ranked women in the world as Kanako Wantanabe of Japan and Danish star Rikke Moller Pedersen head to head in Canet. Pedersen took the event in a time of 2:22.54, 19 one-hundredths of a second ahead of Watanabe who hit the wall in a time of 2:22.73.
The race for the bronze was also a thriller between Spaniard Jessica Vall Montero and Canadians Kierra Smith and Martha McCabe. Montero collected the bronze in a time of 2:25.71 followed by Smith who finished fourth in a time of 2:25.99 and McCabe who touched in a time of 2:26.05.
Molly Renshaw of Great Britain finished sixth in a time of 2:26.23 followed by Spaniard Marina Garcia (2:27.20) and American Melanie Margalis (2:28.04).
Men’s 200 breaststroke
Germans Marco Koch and Christian Vom Lehn finished first and second in the men’s 200 breatstroke. Koch, who coming into the race ranked fifth in the world with a 2:08.69, moved into fourth in the world rankings winning the event in a time of 2:08.57. Vom Lehn took the silver in a time of 2:09.69.
Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson of Great Britain collected the bronze hitting the wall in a time of 2:12.79. Fellow Brits Adam Peaty and Craig Harry Benson finished fourth and fifth. Peaty recorded a 2:13.51 while Benson touched in a time of 2:13.50.
Yan Zibei of China finished sixth in a time of 2:13.51 followed by German Max Pilger who finished in a time of 2:15.46.
Yasuhiro Koseki of Japan was disqualified in the final.
Women’s 100 freestyle
Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands, who is tied with Cate Campbell for the world’s top 100 freestyle time of 52.69, won the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 53.63. Heemskerk led the race from start to finish. Her teammate and Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo finished second in a time of 53.99.
Vanderpool-Wallace took the bronze in a time of 54.29.
Pernille Blume of Denmark finished fourth in a time of 54.42 followed by Canadian Chantal Van Landeghem (54.74), Andrea Murez (54.82) of Israel, Siobhan Marie O’Connor (54.90) of Great Britain and Miki Uchida (55.32) of Japan.
Men’s 100 freestyle
For the second event in a row a Dutch swimmer came away with gold. Sebastiaan Verschuren won the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 49.06. He was followed by two Frenchmen Metella and Stravuis. Metella took the silver in a time of 49.16 while Stravius collected the bronze in a time of 49.33.
Katsumi Nakamura of Japan finished fourth in a time of 49.41 followed by Russian Andrey Grechin (49.61), German Christoph Fildebrandt (49.67), Lithuanian Mindaugas Sadauskas (49.72) and Jasper Aerents (50.07) of Belgium.
Men’s 200 IM
In the final men’s event of the competition Kosuke Hagino of Japan set a new meet record in the men’s 200 IM winning the event in a time of 1:56.82. Hagino was not far off his world leading time of 1:56.30.
The battle for the silver was between the men who sit second and third in the world rankings. Daiya Seto of Japan did not have quite enough to take the hardware from American Ryan Lochte who hit the wall in a time of 1:57.98. Seto won the bronze in a time of 1:58.01.
Henrique Rodrigues of Brazil finished fourth in a time of 1:59.45 followed by Cseh (1:59.97), Daniel Wallace (2:00.89) of Great Britain, Diogo Fillipe Carvalho (2:01.48) of Portugal and Max Litchfield (2:02.64) of Great Britain.
Women’s 400 IM
The women’s 400 IM had the top four swimmers in the world going head to head. Hannah Miley, who is currently ranked number with a time of 4:32.15, took the event in a time of 4:33.51.
Hosszu, who is ranked third in the world, won the silver in a time of 4:34.17 while Aimee Willmott of Great Britain, who is ranked second, came away with the bronze touching in a time of 4:35.69.
Lara Grangeon of France finished fourth in a time of 4:40.28 followed by Sakiko Shimizu of Japan, who is ranked fourth in the world, finished fifth in a time of 4:41.66.
Rosie Rudin of Great Britain finished sixth in a time of 4:45.70 followed by Catalina Corro Lorente (4:45.83) of Spain and Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:46.05).