By Sharon Robb
June 12, 2014
American Ryan Murphy finished third in the 100-meter backstroke Thursday on the final night of the Mare Nostrum Series in Canet-en-Roussillon, France.
On a night where Japan and Denmark dominated, Murphy was among a handful of American swimming highlights.
Murphy, a Bolles alum, was third in 54.84. He was second fastest qualifier in prelims in 55.47.
Japan’s Ryosuke Irie dominated the backstroke field to win in 53.24. He has swept the backstroke events at both Mare Nostrum circuit stops. Murphy’s Cal teammate Jacob Pebley won the “B” Final in 55.78.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Julien Pinon, 15, representing his French club team Canet 66 Natation, swam the prelims of the 100-meter freestyle in 53.96 enabling him to get in another day of international racing experience.
On the final day, Denmark’s women’s team won five events and Japan’s men’s team went 1-2 in three races.
In Thursday championship finals at Canet:
Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 27.19.
Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: Rikke Moller Pedersen, Denmark, 31.00.
Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Konrad Czerniak, Poland, 23.59.
Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, 25.49. Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tied for second in 26.00 with Brit Francesca Halsall.
Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Camille Muffat, France, 4:04.58.
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Mie Nielsen, Denmark, 59.85.
Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Yasuhiro Koseki, Japan, 2:09.77.
Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Rikke Moller Pedersen, Denmark, 2:19.67.
Men’s 100-meter freestyle: U.S. Olympian Nathan Adrian, 48.43.
Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Pernille Blume, Denmark, 53.86.
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Daiya Seto, Japan, 1:57.32.
Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Aimee Willmott, Great Britain, 4:35.41.
Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Pawel Korzeniowski, Poland 1:56.12.
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: American Cammile Adams, 2:08.54.
The Mare Nostrum series moves to Barcelona where it will conclude on Saturday and Sunday.
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