With the World Trials approaching, the name “Mare Nostrum” is also in the air. But what is this “Mare Nostrum” that everyone is talking about? Well, the Mare Nostrum is a series of swim meets in different locations around the Mediterranean held in June annually. In 1994, Monaco (Monaco) joined forces with Barcelona (Spain) and Canet (France) to create this series. This has become the first international circuit in the 50-meter pool. Present at previous Mare Nostrum events were Mark Spitz, Janet Evans, Ian Thorp, and Kosuke Kitajima, amongst other great swimmers. This year, we are in for a treat as the best in the sport are lined up to swim these next few weeks.
Athletes will compete in three different countries, as stated above, over a span of three weeks. The first stop in this circuit is Monaco, Monaco.
(Photo found on visitmonaco.com)
Monaco is located on the French Riviera in Western Europe, which makes it a beautiful first stop for this tour. The meet will be held June 8-9. Live results can be followed here from the official website. An exceptional amount of prize money will be given at the Monaco stop. For the first World Record broken in an A final, validated by FINA, the winner will receive 15,000€ (aka: around $22,980.75!). There are also standards for other records:
- European Records broken: 3.000€ or ($4,596.15)
- Mare Nostrum Records broken: 600€ or ($919.23)
- Meet Records (Monaco) broken: 600€ or ($919.23)
In Monaco, there will be a total of 50,000€ rewarded (or a whopping $76,602.50 US!).
For more information about this meet, visit Monaco’s official Mare Nostrum page. Though it’s mostly in French, Google Chrome does give the option to Translate the page for you, thank goodness.
The second stop on this tour is Barcelona, Spain.
(Photo found on the Barcelona International Trophy website)
As the equivalent to USA’s New York City (the city that never sleeps), Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain behind Madrid. Along with the Mare Nostrum, Barcelona has been the host of the 1992 Olympic Games, the 2003 FINA World Championships, and will be the host for the upcoming 2013 World Championships as well. This meet will be held June 11-12. We will see some big names, such as Spain’s Mareia Belmonte Garcia and South Africa’s Chad le Clos, though the full list of registered swimmers and their events can be found here.
Trophies and Medals will be awarded to the top three swimmers in each event.
For more information on the Barcelona stop, visit the official website here. Like Monaco’s site, this is not in English. Google Translate IS able to translate whole websites to English, though, so never fear!
Our last stop on the Mare Nostrum tour is Canet-en-Roussillon, France. (Or just Canet, France for short.)
(Photo found on Canet’s main page for Mare Nostrum.)
This year will mark the 26th Anniversary for the International Swim Meet in Canet. On June 15-16, more than 355 athletes from 26 countries on 5 continents will come together to compete in the one thing they love: swimming. Canet is located in southern France and will be the last stop before swimmers travel back to Barcelona for World Championships. Amongst the group of swimmers, we’ll be seeing Japan’s Kenta Ito, le Clos, Belmonte Garcia, and New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders.
A start list of all of the swimmers can be found here: START LIST CANET 2013 (1)
More information about Canet, including event line-up, can be found here. Again, the website may be in French, but Google Translate is a beautiful, beautiful creation.
At the end of this series, a trophy will be awarded to the top male and female swimmers at the end of each meet (Monaco – Barcelona – Canet). At each meet, and for each swimmer, the best performance will be considered (not taking into consideration stroke or distance).
Men and Women can receive up to:
- First Place – 7000€ or $10724.35
- Second Place – 2000€ or $3064.10
- Third Place – 1000€ or $1532.05
- Fourth Place – 500€ or $766.03
These awards will be presented at Gala dinners on the last day of competition. More information on this award system can be found here.