By Sharon Robb
June 27, 2014–Julien Pinon of South Florida Aquatic Club will make his debut at the XXX Mediterranean Swimming COMEN Cup which gets under way Saturday in Netanya, Israel.
Pinon, 15, will represent his French club team Canet 66 Natation.
The French national age group champion qualified for the prestigious meet with a victory in the 200-meter freestyle 15-16 French Long Course National Championships in Chartres, France. He won the event in 1:54.08.
Pinon is the top seed in the 15-16 200-meter freestyle in the 25-swimmer event scheduled for the final session on Sunday. His teammate Remi Meresse is seeded second.
Pinon is team captain of the 28-member French team that will compete at the newly-built Wingate Institute Olympic Swimming Pool.
The COMEN Cup is hosted by the Israel Swimming Association and features swimming, synchronized swimming, open water and masters swimming. It will be the first major international competition held in the new Olympic pool at Israel’s National Center for Physical Education and Sport.
More than 210 athletes from 18 countries are entered. Meet organizers said they will provide live broadcasts and official online results.
Two participants per event and one relay team will represent each country. The timed final meet features two sessions per day.
Pinon is spending most of his summer overseas competing in several meets and training. He has already competed in two Mare Nostrum Series meets in France and Spain.
After the COMEN Cup Pinon will continue training camp overseas until the July 25-29 French nationals for 16-year-olds and older at Pierrelatte in southeastern France.
Pinon will be a junior at American Heritage Plantation in the fall. The Patriots are defending boys state 2A swimming and diving champions.
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