By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2014

Julien Pinon of South Florida Aquatic Club took home two medals at the XXX Mediterranean Swimming COMEN Cup in Netanya, Israel.

Pinon, 16, representing France for his French club team Canet 66 Natation, anchored the second place 4×100-meter freestyle relay and third place 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the newly-built Wingate Institute Olympic Swimming Pool.

Pinon anchored the 4×100 that finished second to Italy (3:27.17) in 3:29.98. Pinon’s opening split was 25.14 and he finished in 53.11. He was joined by teammates Alexandre Derache, Remi Meresse and Mathieu Allemandet.

He also anchored the 4×200 that finished third in 7:42.72. Spain won in 7:36.16. Meresse, Ramon Fuchs and Mathieu Bernardini were other relay members.

The French national age group champion was shut out in the individual 200-meter freestyle finishing sixth in 1:55.73. Pinon went out in 27.07 for the first 50, 56.18 for 100 and 1:26.02 at the 150-meter mark.

Pinon had qualified for the major international meet with a victory in the 15-16 French Long Course National Championships in the 200 in 1:54.08.

Pinon served as team captain of the 28-member French team.

The COMEN Cup was hosted by the Israel Swimming Association and features swimming, synchronized swimming, open water and masters swimming.

Italy swept the girls and boys team titles. The girls won with 173 points and boys finished with 163 points. Spain was second and France was third in both divisions. More than 210 athletes from 18 countries competed.

Pinon has now competed in three international meets since going overseas to train with the French team. Pinon will now return to training camp in France until the July 25-29 French nationals for 16-year-olds and older in southeastern France.

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