What you’ve missed from Mare Nostrum so far…

What you’ve missed from Mare Nostrum so far…

Canet Results 
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Photo Credit: @cate_campbell

Women's 100m freestyle - Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom nearly stole the show in the women's 100m frestyle final in Canet, clocking 52.08 for the two lap dash, to narowly miss stealing Cate Campbell's World Record (52.06) by just 0.02 of a second. Campbell touched in second place with a comfortable 53.03 while Emma McKeon was fourth in 53.52. 

Women's 200m freestyle - Emma McKeon was just pipped at the wall by Sweden's Michelle Coleman, settling for second place in the 200m freestyle in 1:56.29 behind Coleman's 1:56.22. Madi Wilson (1:58.60) and Maddie Groves (1:59.66) were sixth and seventh respectively. 

Men's 50m freestyle - The Men's splash and dash 50m freestyle final saw Aussie sprint duo Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen take second and third place respectively. McEvoy just got the better of Magnussen's 22.21 with a time of 22.17. 

Men's 100m freestyle - A similar result played out in the 100m freestyle final with Cameron McEvoy placing second in 48.96 ahead of James Magnussen in third with a time of 48.99. The winner was Mehdy Meltella from France who took top spot in 48.62.

Women's 50, 100 and 200m backstroke - Emily Seebohm took a clean sweep of the backstroke events in Canet, claiming victory in the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke finals. Seebohm finished over two second clear of her closest competitor in the 200m event with a speedy 2:06.66 for the win. In the 100m Seebohm hit the wall in 59.57 and finally 28.13 for the 50m back. 

Men's 50, 100 and 200m backstroke - In the corresponding men's events Mitch Larkin managed to steal the win in the 100m backstroke in 54.11 and claim two third places in the 50 (25.32) and 200m (1:58.93) backstroke finals. 

Men's 800m freestyle - In what will soon be an Olympic event, the men's 800m freestyle final saw Mack Horton take third place overall in a time of 7:54.53. Horton is currently in heavy training in Canet and will lighten the load as they move closer to the Budapest World Championships. Horton's teammate David McKeon was fifth in the same race with a time of 8:02.41. 

100m breaststroke - Jessica Hansen impressed in the final of the women's 100m breaststroke in Canet, stepping onto the podium in third place with her 1:07.06 effort. 

200m breaststroke - Russia's Yulia Efimova continued her dominant display in the women's 200m breaststroke, taking the title ahead of an in form Taylor McKeown, who clocked 2:24.41 to finish in second. 
 

Barcelona Results:

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Photo Credit: @cate_campbell

Men's 100m freestyle - James Magnussen is back to his winning ways after returning from shoulder surgery in 2016. After some time off from competition post-Rio, to ensure his shoulder could recover well, Magnussen has now won the past two international 100m freestyle events. His latest came in Barcelona and was significantly faster than Monaco with the Sydney-based swimmer clocking a 48.68 to grab the win.

Cam Mcevoy was fourth overall with a 48.86 and will be looking to consistently drop times as they lead into the FINA World Championships. 

Men's 50m freestyle - James Magnussen continued his run of success with victory in the 50m free on the second night of finals in Barcelona, taking the title in 22.15. 

Men's 50 and 200m backstroke - Dual World Champion Mitch Larkin continued his dominance in the 200m backstroke, taking the win in an impressive 1:57.48, the Simon Cusak coached star then went on to finish 2nd in the 50m back, with the 100 still to come. 

Men's 100m backstroke - After his win in the 200m backstroke on the first night of finals, Mitch Larkin added another gold to his tally overnight in the 100m back. Larkin stopped the clock at 53.76 for the win and will no doubt take confidence from his performances into Budapest. 

Women's 100m Backstroke - Emily Seebohm was too speedy for the rest of the field in the 100m back, the dual world champion clocked 58.99 for first place while her teammate Holly Barratt was 4th in 1.01.11.

Women's 50 and 200m Backstroke - On the second night of finals in Barcelona Emily Seebohm completed the backstroke trifecta, grabbing the gold in both the 50 and 200m events on the final night of racing. Seebohm blitzed the field in the 200, winning by over five seconds and clocking a championship record time of 2:07.30 while she just beat teammate Holly Barratt (27.97) to the wall in the 50 with a time of 27.80. 

Women's 50m freestyle - The women's splash and dash final saw Bronte Campbell finish third overall in a time of 24.66, Cate was just behind in 24.75 with the sisters now preparing for the 100m final tonight. 

Women's 100m freestyle - Older sister Cate Campbell got the better of bronte in the women's 100m free final, finishing second overall behind Sweden's Sarah Sjotstrom in a time of 53.43. Bronte was fifth in 54.03. 

Women's 200m freestyle - In a fast field Rio Olympic bronze medallist in this event Emma McKeon took third place in Barcelona, stopping the clock in 1:57.59 with Madison Wilson demonstrating her versatility for a fourth place finsih in 1:57.68. 

Women's 200m Breaststroke - Taylor McKeown is on fire in Barcelona, heatig up the pool with a 2:22.29 to take second place in the 200m breaststroke behind Russia's Yulia Effimova. McKeown will be one to watch in Budapest, where her younger sister Kaylee will also join the team. 

Men's 1500m freestyle - Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton notched his first win of the Mare Nostrum series, taking top spot in his pet event on the last night of finals in Barcelona, comfortably winning the 1500m free event in a time of 15:05.57

Women's 200m butterfly - Maddie Groves demonstated an impressive return to form, securing second place in the women's 200m butterfly in a time of 2:07.90.

Men's 200m freestyle - CameronMcEvoy stormed home to take third place in the final, stepping on to the podium with a time of 1:48.29.

Men's 400m IM - Australia's Tomas Elliott, who was a promising age group swimmer, swam his way onto the podium in the 400m individual medley, hitting the wall in a time of 4:26.76.

Monaco Results:

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Photo Credit: @koti_ngawati 

Men’s 100m freestyle - Commonwealth Games Champion James Magnussen (49.11) made a triumphant return to competition, winning the men’s 100m freestyle ahead of Russian Nikita Lobintsev (49.51) and teammate Cam McEvoy (49.53).

Fun Fact: Magnussen hasn’t beaten McEvoy since 2014 but Gold Coast based McEvoy still has a few weeks until he begins his taper for the FINA World Championships in Budapest, so keep an eye on his times as they start to descend.

Women’s 100m freestyle - In the corresponding women’s event Bronte Campbell (53.68) finished second behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (52.60) with sister Cate (54.06) in fourth place and Madison Wilson (54.63) just behind in fifth.

Fun Fact: Bronte Campbell is the defending World Champion in this event.

Men’s 100 and 200m backstrokeMitch Larkin was almost back on top, taking the win in both the 100 and 200m backstroke. The dual world champion touched the wall first in the 100 back in 54.08 and in 1:56.85 for the 200m back, with Belarussian Mikita Tsmyh second in both events (100m - 55.02, 200m – 1:59.83).

Fun Fact: Larkin changed clubs and coaches at the end of 2016 and the World Championships will be his first meet under new Coach Simon Cusack.

Women’s 100 and 200m backstroke – Defending World Champion Emily Seebohm was also back, close to her best, winning the 100 and 200m backstroke double over the weekend. Seebohm won the 100m back in 59.23 ahead of Anastasiia Fesikova (1:00.34) and the 200 in a time of 2:08.98 ahead of regular rival Katinka Hosszu in 2:09.37. Keep an eye on Seebohm and Hosszu as they battle in Budapest this July.

Fun Fact: Before leaving for Europe Seebohm and Larkin bought a house together in Brisbane.

Other…
Taylor McKeown finished on the podium in both the 100 (3rd place) and 200m breaststroke (2nd place)
Madi Wilson switched up her usual backstroke routine to take second place in the 200m freestyle
David Morgan was second fastest in the 200m butterfly
Mack Horton, who is currently racing off the back of a block of endurance training, still had enough in the tank to finish 2nd in the 400m and 3rd in the 200m freestyle.

 

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