Meilutyte, Hafnaoui & Steenbergen Among New Names Confirmed For Mare Nostrum

2023 Mare Nostrum Swim Tour

The list of confirmed swimmers for the upcoming Mare Nostrum Swim Tour continues to grow as a provisional entry list for the Barcelona leg has been released.

Athletes will have up until May 3 to enter (and May 2 for Canet), so the official entries will be released then.

The initial entrants for Barcelona include several of the names who were confirmed to be competing in Monaco, including the likes of Siobhan HaugheyCate CampbellLydia JacobyThomas Ceccon and Michael Andrew, though there have been a number of new additions to the series (as these are provisional entries, it’s possible swimmers missing from certain meets will end up racing at them).

Among the new swimmers committed to competing in Barcelona include 2022 world champion and world record-setter Ruta Meilutyte, who came out of retirement to re-establish herself as one of the world’s premier sprint breaststrokers.

Meilutyte won gold last summer at the World Championships in the women’s 50 breast and added a bronze medal in the 100 breast, and she went on to claim the short course world title in the 50-meter event in world record fashion in December.

Her entry into the series sets up some marquee breaststroke matchups on the women’s side, with reigning 100 breast Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby and World Championship medalist Lara van Niekerk also in the field.

Japan’s Reona Aoki, the fastest woman in the 100 breast last year, will join them in Barcelona, and her countrymate Rikako Ikee is also entered.

Another intriguing addition is Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui, the Tokyo Olympic champion in the men’s 400 freestyle who has been quiet since his gold medal triumph, sitting out of the 2022 World Championships prior to heading to Indiana University in the NCAA last fall. However, Hafnaoui was ruled a partial qualifier and didn’t compete collegiately this past season, so he’s only raced a handful of times in the last 16 months.

A list of Dutch swimmers, including 2022 short course world champion and LC European champion Marrit Steenbergen and sprinters Kim Busch and Thom De Boer are entered for Barcelona, as is a group of British athletes that’s headlined by Freya AndersonLewis BurrasJames Guy and Anna Hopkin.

Other new additions on the men’s side that weren’t listed in the Monaco entry list include Dylan CarterAlessandro MiressiAlberto RazzettiDanas Rapsys, Nyls Korstanje, Simone Cerasuolo and Shane Ryan.

Other new names on the women’s side include Maaike de WaardBeryl Gastaldello and Ellen Walshe.

There are some key names who aren’t listed for Barcelona who are for Monaco, such as Sarah SjostromKristof Milak and the Canadian team, though athletes will have until May 3 to be entered.

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5 months ago

Stacked field 🔥🔥 Really excited for it

5 months ago

James Sutherland’s article is the ideal one; a strong candidate for next swim of the week (or perhaps month) is the 14.56.67 1500 LCM free by Kuzey Tuncelli at 15 year and (nearly) 8 months

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5 months ago

No surprise that Michael Andrew is entered. He will probably use this meet to springboard into Worlds.

Golden Summer
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5 months ago

That’s like what nearly all the competing swimmers are doing, with the exception of Cate Campbell who already said she won’t compete in Fukuoka even if she qualifies in trials.

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5 months ago

He has Trials 3-4 weeks after MN.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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