2023 Mare Nostrum Barcelona Day 2 Prelims Recap: Chmielewski Clocks 1:55.04 200 Fly


By Retta Race on SwimSwam

Krzysztof Chmielewski


Several swimmers put up notable performances in the morning heats on day two of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona, including Hong Kong’s dynamo Siobhan Haughey

The 25-year-old former University of Michigan Wolverine made her presence known across two events, the women’s 50m free and 200m free.

In the former, Haughey snagged the top spot with a morning outing of 25.01. That landed lane 4 ahead of French swimmer Beryl Gastaldello who clocked 25.13 and Aussie Cate Campbell who produced 25.19 as the 3rd-seeded swimmer.

British Olympian Anna Hopkin is also in the mix with an AM time of 25.24, hoping to land on the podium after missing the 100m free final yesterday.

Haughey put up a new Hong Kong national record in the 50m free event last week in Canet, posting a lifetime best of 24.56.

Haughey was also in control of the women’s 200m free this morning, posting a heats time of 1:58.45. That garnered her the 2nd seed behind Dutch standout Marrit Steenbergen who touched in 1:57.42.

Last week in Canet Haughey threw down a marker of 1:55.42 season-best to rank 6th in the world thus far.

Of note, Canadian Olympic multi-medalist Penny Oleksiak withdrew from this 2free event. Yesterday Oleksiak contested the 100m free where she finished 16th in 56.08.

American Michael Andrew was once again in the water. He forewent the 50m back and instead focused on the 50m fly and 100m breast events.

Andrew logged a time of 23.76 in the former to rank 4th, with his prelims result sitting .21 behind the top-seeded Abdelrahman Elaraby of Egypt who earned the pole position in 23.52.

Hungarian World Record holder Szebasztian Szabo was right behind Elaraby in 23.55 while newly-minted Norweigan 50m free national record holder Nicholas Lia is also in the mix in 23.75.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion in this event Ben Proud of Great Britain was well out of the final, hitting 24.37 for 16th while Florent Manaudou of France and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago withdrew from the race.

Andrew was the 7th-quickest performer this morning in the 100m breast, notching a prelims result of 1:02.12.

It was Lithuanian Adrius Sidlauskas who earned the quickest time, clocking 1:01.07 while Ippei Watanabe of Japan, Darragh Greene of Ireland and Olympic bronze medalist Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy also made the final.

The women’s 50m breast looks to be a potential scorcher with British record holder Imogen ClarkCommonwealth Games champion Lara van Niekerk and Lithuanian Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte all vying for gold.

Clark got her hand on the wall first this morning with a heats swim of 30.50 but that sits just .02 ahead of van Niekerk’s 30.52. Meilutyte cruised to the 3rd seed in 31.08 this morning.

American Lydia Jacoby withdrew from the 50m breast but earned the 2nd seed in the 200m distance here on day two.

Jacoby already nailed a season-best mark of 1:05.84 to grab gold in the 100m breast last night and followed up with a solid 2breast morning performance of 2:27.04.

Jacoby will flank top-seeded Thea Blomsterberg of Denmark who has been on a tear as of late.

Blomsterberg scored a time of 2:24.21 this morning but ranks 5th in the world with her Danish national record of 2:22.61 logged just last month.

Krzysztof Chmielewski of Poland put on a show in the heats of the men’s 200m fly, registering a time of 1:55.04.

This morning’s outing already beats the 1:55.95 the 18-year-old World Junior champion produced in Canet for silver last week behind Japan’s short course World Record holder Tomoru Honda

With the final yet to come, Chmielewski bumps himself up the season’s world rankings to now be positioned as the 8th fastest performer. Honda did not compete in this 200m fly race today.

2022-2023 LCM Men 200 Fly


2 Tomoru
JPN 1:52.70 12/03
3 Chen
CHN 1:54.16 05/06
4 Ilya
CAN 1:54.49 03/02
5 Teppei
JPN 1:54.74 04/06
6 Takumi
JPN 1:54.81 04/06
7 Alberto
ITA 1:54.98 04/13
8 Niu
CHN 1:55.05 03/24
9 Leon
FRA 1:55.58 04/14
10 Federico
ITA 1:55.61 04/13

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Additional Top Seeds

  • Olympic champion Ayoub Hafnaoui of Tunisia will try to double up on gold after winning the men’s 1500m free last night. The 20-year-old leads the 400m free field in 3:50.63.
  • Poland’s World Championships bronze medalist Ksawery Masiuk locked down lane 4 in the 50m back, posting 25.07. That got the edge over Irish national record holder Shane Ryan who touched in 25.10 this morning.
  • The top 5 women’s 400m IM competitors all landed in the 4:44 zone, led by Japanese 16-year-old Mio Narita. Narita earned the top seed in 4:44.40, but Canada’s Ella JansenHungary’s Boglarka Kapas, Ireland’s Ellen Walshe and Canada’s Marie Sophie-Harvey are all right there ready to chase for gold.
  • 17-year-old Polish swimmer Adela Piskorska earned 200m back gold last night in a Paris 2024-worthy effort and the teen will try to make it a double with the 100m back today. She picked up the top seed in 1:00.42 and will try to hold off Irish national record holder Danielle Hill and Dutch national record holder Kira Toussaint.
  • The men’s 100m free saw Spain’s Sergio De Celis Montalban grab lane 4 in 49.21, holding a .02 advantage over Carter who punched 49.23. The 200m free winner from last night, Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan is the 3rd seed in 49.26 and Ceccon of Italy is ready to pounce as the 4th seed in 49.29 for tonight’s final.
  • Switzerland’s Roman Mityukov clocked a time of 1:58.32 to lead the men’s 200m backstroke in the sole sub-2:00 result of the morning.
  • Swedish swimmer Louise Hansson led the women’s 100m fly field in 58.29 while Olympic gold medalist Maggie MacNeil of Canada is right behind in 58.75. Japan’s Rikako Ikee clocked 59.72 to place 9th, just out of the final.
  • The 400m IM winner in Canet, So Ogata of Japan, earned the 200m IM top seed in 2:00.25. He was off the podium in last night’s 400m IM, placing 4th overall.

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