After breaking two World Records in Doha at the 2014 World Championships last weekend, Mireia Belmonte hasn’t slowed down through the first session of the all-timed-finals Spanish Short Course Championships in Barcelona, Spain that began Friday morning.
In that first session, she swam a 15:19.71 in the women’s 1500 meter free, which crushes the 15:22.68 done by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle in August of this year in New Zealand.
The women’s 1500 was one of the weaker records historically; Belmonte’s Friday swim is only the 7th World Record ever in the event. In total in 13 months, the record has now been improved by a whopping 7 seconds – Belmonte set it at this same meet last year in 15:26.95.
The women’s 1500, in short course meters, is a soft event primarily because it’s not raced all that often. The non-Olympic distance events in SCM aren’t on the schedule at the European Championships, the World Championships, or at the FINA World Cup: the meets where most World Records are set in short course.
That was Belmonte’s only individual swim of the session, though she also split a 25.2 on UCAM Fuenisanta’s 11th-place 200 free relay to end the morning.
The other star of the session was American-trained Miguel Ortiz, who won two individual events. His day began with a 53.01 to top the men’s 100 IM ahead of veteran Rafael Munoz (54.30) and come within half-a-second of the National Record in the event.
Later in the session, Ortiz was a 23.50 in the men’s 50 backstroke, again approaching the National Record and reaffirming his impressive versatility.
Duane da Rocha tied Belmonte’s Spanish Record in the women’s 100 IM with a 1:00.80. Belmonte did that same time back in April of 2011. Though it will only earn her a share of the National Record, that swim for da Rocha was a new Meet Record.
Further down in those standings, in 4th place, was Africa Zamorano, who at 16 was a 1:02.03 – a new National Age Record in the event.