Ottesen, Koseki Score Top FINA Bonuses from Mare Nostrum

With victories at all three stops and multiple meet records over the course of the competition series, Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark and Yasuhiro Koseki of Japan finished off the Mare Nostrum series as the top overall money winners.  Ottesen led all performers with 12,460€ in prize money, including six event wins, six meet records, and an additional bonus of 7,000€ for her performance across the three meets.  Koseki, meanwhile, took home the most money on the men’s side.

The top four athletes (including Ottesen and Koseki) across the three meets for both the men and women were awarded additional prize money:

  • 1st place: 7,000€ ($9,532)
  • 2nd place: 2,000€ ($2,723)
  • 3rd place: 1,000€ ($1,361)
  • 4th place: 500€ ($680)

The order for each gender was based on total FINA points from each swimmer’s “best” swim at each stop.  For example, Ryosuke Irie earned 936 FINA points in Monaco for his 53.08 100 backstroke, 928 for his 53.24 100 back in Canet, and 934 in Barcelona for his 53.12 for a total of 2798 points, good for second overall.  The top four finishers were:

  • 1st place: Jeanette Ottesen (2857 FINA points), Yasuhiro Koseki (2802)
  • 2nd place: Mie Oe Nielsen (2739), Ryosuke Irie (2798)
  • 3rd place: Kanako Watanabe (2689), Daiya Seto (2742)
  • 4th place: Kamiko Shimizu (2683), Nathan Adrian (2733)

A reminder of the prize money for each event:

  • 1st: 330€ ($449)
  • 2nd: 180€ ($245)
  • 3rd: 90€  ($122)

There are also bonuses available for record-breaking swims.  While there weren’t any European or World Records taken down in the series, with 30 new meet records and 14 overall series records set throughout the meet, plenty of additional funds doled out over the three-competition series:

  • Mare Nostrum Series record: 600€ ($817)
  • Monaco Meet record: 600€ ($817)
  • Canet Meet record: 300€ ($408)
  • Barcelona Meet record: 300€ ($408)
  • European Record: 3,000€ ($4,085)
  • World Record: 15,000€ ($20,425)

The full money list, both summarized and broken down by meet, is below:

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I asked this before, but didn’t get a response: does anybody have any idea why the Japanese swimmersare so fast in-season relative to the US? Do you think they taper a bit for Mare Nostrum or is it because they swim so much yardage like the Hungarians do and Phelps used to or is it just a focus on excellent stroke technique?

Nathan Adrian won a nice chunk of change too!

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