Mityukov Clocks 1:56.49 200 Back, Harvey Logs 1:57.50 200 Free In Nice

2024 MEETING NICE – CAMILLE MUFFAT – GIANT SERIES

The penultimate night of action unfolded at the 2024 Meeting Nice – Camille Muffat, part of the French Giant Series.

The men’s 200m back saw visiting swimmer Roman Mityukov of Switzerland command the field, firing off a time of 1:56.49 for the victory.

23-year-old Mityukov opened in 57.55 and closed in 58.94 to hold off Frenchman Antoine Harlem who was next in line. Harlem settled for silver in 1:57.21 while Mewen Tomac rounded out the top 3 in 1:57.40.

Mityukov earned bronze in this men’s 2back last year in Fukuoka and improved to a silver medal this time around in Doha. The prior World Championships was when he produced his lifetime best and national record of 1:55.34.

Of note, the men’s 100m backstroke winner here, Yohann Ndoye-Brouard, finished well back in 7th in an uncharacteristic time of 2:03.32. He’s been as quick as 1:55.62 in his career.

Mityukov’s teammate Noe Ponti was too quick to catch in the men’s 50m fly. The 22-year-old stopped the clock in 23.15 to beat 24-year-old Maxime Grousset of the host nation.

Grousset, the 2023 world champion in the 100m fly, settled for silver in 23.23. Meiron Cheruti of Israel collected bronze in 23.50.

Ponti’s effort here was just off his lifetime best and Swiss national record of 23.04. That PB was notched in the heats at the 2022 World Championships.

Grousset has been under the 23-second barrier 5 times throughout his career, highlighted by a lifetime best of 22.72 from Fukuoka.

Michael Andrew of the United States found success in the men’s 100m breaststroke. He put up a time of 1:00.85 for the win but was actually about a second faster in the semi-finals.

24-year-old Andrew notched a time of 59.82, a result within striking distance of his season-best 59.52 from December’s U.S. Championships.

Canada’s Mary-Sophie Harvey continued looking strong and in her best form, taking the top seed in the women’s 200m free.

24-year-old Harvey registered a time of 1:57.50 (57.90/59.60) to lead the field, one which included 17-year-old Nikolett Padar of Hungary.

Padar, who earned 5 golds at the 2022 World Junior Championships, turned in a time of 1:58.32 to flank Harvey for tomorrow night’s final. On the other side will be Anna Egorova who posted 2:00.35 for the 3rd seed.

Harvey’s semi time was just off the 1:57.26 personal best established at last month’s Quebec Cup.

The Canadian was also in the water to contest the semi-final and final of the women’s 100m fly. Harvey got to the wall in a time of 58.61 to turn in the 2nd-best time of her career in the semi. Harvey owns a PB of 58.12 also from the Quebec Cup.

Harvey’s hectic schedule caught up with her, however, as she mustered a 5th-place finish in 1:01.17 in the final.

That left Sweden’s Sara Juvenik to top the podium. Juvenik hit 58.66 while Lilou Ressencourt was only .01 behind in 58.67. Teammate Marie Wattel touched in 1:00.31 as the bronze medalist.

Additional Winners

  • Veteran David Verraszto of Hungary topped the men’s 400m IM in a time of 4:19.22.
  • Cyrielle Duhamel out-touched Charlotte Bonnet in the final of the women’s 200m IM. Duhamel grabbed gold in 2:13.71 to Bonnet’s 2:13.96.
  • Florine Gaspard of Belgium produced a winning effort of 30.85 in the women’s 50m breast. That was within striking distance of her lifetime best of 30.53 notched last year.

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Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

MA 59.82?

The 🐐 is back, 200 IM WR at US Trials

Last edited 2 months ago by Beginner Swimmer at 25
Swemmer
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

Good one buddy

Last edited 2 months ago by Swemmer
Anonymous
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

The 50 free is same day as 200 IM so it would be tough double. However in practice his free for 200 IM is improved and looks solid. If he goes to Tyr San Antonio it would be great to see 200 IM

Beginner Swimmer at 25
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

I’ll be there, willing to pay extra to see the goat do a 200 IM

phelpsfan
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

59.8 in semis*

1:00.8 in finals

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

Uh guys, I think that second parts sardonic…

Dee
2 months ago

PB +4s for Wattel in the 100fl is a tad alarming – Did she cramp or something?

BC Swammer
2 months ago

Feels like something big for MSH this summer is brewing. Excited for her

CanSwimFan
2 months ago

Nice to see Mary-Sophie Harvey swimming so well. She seems happier and healthier – and it’s showing in her swimming. Looking forward to seeing how she swims at Canada’s Olympic trials in May.

KRB
Reply to  CanSwimFan
2 months ago

She was such a good junior swimmer, and then she seemed to plateau somewhat, so her recent times are really encouraging. I think she is going to have a great Trials. Should qualify for a couple of relays, and a good chance in some individual events.

CanSwimFan
Reply to  KRB
2 months ago

Agreed. In addition to relays, she has a real shot in 200 FR and 200/400 IM.

Justin
Reply to  CanSwimFan
2 months ago

That 200/400IM at trials is going to be a dog fight to make top 2. Time is irrelevant because there’s so many girls that can make the cut. Harvey for sure will be a key component to the 4×200 relay though. She can definitely pull out a 156 split.

Swemmer
2 months ago

The seller of the century Michael Andrew went a 59.8 in the 100 breast semifinals and then went a 1:00.8 in the finals.

Bro has not learned A THING since the 2021 OT’s but I’ll confess 59.8 is kind of a good sign

Last edited 2 months ago by Swemmer
Hank
Reply to  Swemmer
2 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. With prelims, semis and finals all in one day and the doubling up 100BR/50FL this is a solid result. He’s looking more like a top 2 breaststroker for USA again. What do you think about 100fly vs 200IM for trials? Does he need to pick one?

Anonymous
Reply to  Swemmer
2 months ago

You do realize that your goal for him to progress down times in prelims, semis, finals swum in one day are not his goals for this meet. He only has 1 hour between semis and finals and about 7-10 minutes between 100 stroke final to 50 final. The most impressive aspect of the 100 breast 59.8 is that despite being very fatigued his stroke looked smooth and strong and he maintained his stroke rate throughout the swim.

Swemmer
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

ok

Last edited 2 months ago by Swemmer
Anonymous
Reply to  Swemmer
2 months ago

In 2000 Sydney Olympics both Van de Hoogenband and de Bruinjn swam the semis for time setting world records but raced the finals for the Gold medal and were a little slower in the finals. This was their strategy on all their races.

Swemmer
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

I don’t think Michael Andrew has any real goals right now

Anonymous
Reply to  Swemmer
2 months ago

Definitely he is working on his stand up start. There is a goal right there. I hope he swims the 100 free and 50 back tomorrow but he may be too fatigued for the free. His 100 free stroke has been looking.good in practice.

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

Practice makes habit. No one cares if you run a pb in the heats if you do poorly in the final round that determines who wins the competition. Mentality matters, Andrew seems like he may just want to go on vacation, I’m not buying this slump isn’t reflective of him not putting in the same work he did before Tokyo. I don’t believe in him because I’m not sure he’s as overconfident deep down as he says and what every top level athlete needs.

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Rob
Reply to  Swemmer
2 months ago

I would usually agree but hey wie gehts swam 100br and 50fly heats finals and semis in a day with 10min between the semis… that is quite hard

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
2 months ago

It’s possible MSH chose the semi for her 100 Fly to focus on since the timing wasn’t great to do a good time in the final after her 200 Free. She also scratched the 200 IM, so maybe just wanted the 200 Free to be her main focus.

Hank
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
2 months ago

This is almost like a Skins competition with Prelims Semis and Finals all in the same day. Especially if you’re doubling.

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