By Sharon Robb
June 11, 2014
Despite a little jet lag from his Monday night flight from Miami to Europe, Julien Pinon competed on the opening day of the Mare Nostrum Series meet in Canet-en-Roussillon, France.
The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer is competing for the next two months overseas for international experience.
On Wednesday, Pinon, 15, representing his French club team Canet 66 Natation, swam the prelims of the 50-meter freestyle in 25.56 and 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.28.
Pinon will compete on Thursday in Canet before moving on to the series’ third leg in Barcelona, Spain on June 14-15.
Pinon last competed overseas in April 2014 when he won his first national age group title for France in the French Long Course National Championships in Chartres, France. Pinon won the 15-16 age group title in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.08.
Pinon will be a junior at American Heritage Plantation in the fall for the defending boys state 2A champions.
In Wednesday championship finals at Canet:
Danish sprinter Jeanette Ottesen broke two national records winning the 50-meter freestyle in 24.40. Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was second in 24.69. Ottesen also won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.96, the first Danish woman to swim sub-57.
South African freestyler Devon Myles Brown also won two events. Brown won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.93 and 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.70.
American sprinter Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.68 ahead of France’s Florent Manaudou in 22.00 and Anthony Ervin in 22.21.
South African Karin Prinsloo won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.84, winning by a full second over Iceland Olympian Eyglo Gustafsdottir.
Japan’s Ryosuke Irie won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.97. Bolles alum Ryan Murphy was third in 1:58.33 and his Cal teammate Jacob Pebley was fourth in 2:00.10.
Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.32.
Brit Ross Murdoch out-touched countryman Adam Peaty, 1:00.19-1:00.23 to win the 100-meter breaststroke.
Japan’s Sakiko Simizu won the 200-meter individual medley by .04 seconds in 2:12.58.
Japan continued its IM domination in the men’s 400-meter individual medley with Daiya Seto winning in 4:13.06.
Poland’s Konrad Czerniak won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.31.
Frenchwoman Camille Muffat got a rousing ovation from the home crowd after winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.26, fifth fastest time in the world this year.
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