Bolles Alum Ryan Murphy Takes Third, SOFLO’s Pinon Gains Racing Experience

Bolles Alum Ryan Murphy Takes Third, SOFLO’s Pinon Gains Racing Experience

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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Led by two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov, South Florida Aquatic Club made a successful international debut Saturday on the opening day of the 2010 Mare Nostrum Tour stop in Monaco.

Against a world-class field, Polyakov of Kazakhstan finished fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 12.55 seconds.

His splits were 30.21 (50 meters), 1:04.05 (100 meters) and 1:37.94 (150 meters).

“Vlad is back,” said a pleased SOFLO coach Michael Lohberg. “He looked awesome. That is one of his best times in a long time. He is back on the same level with the best. I am very happy.”

Going into the race, Polyakov was seeded 13th with a time of 2:13.51.

Polyakov, expected to move up in the world rankings, was also second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.16 after the quarterfinal round of the two-day meet in Monaco. Russia’s Stanislav Lakhtyukhov was top seed in 28.13.

U.S. Olympian Eric Shanteau knocked off favorite Kosuke Kitajima of Japan to win the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.51 to 2:12.17. This year’s world-leading time is 2:09.21 by Japan’s Ryo Tateishi.

Shanteau was a second off his fourth-ranked season-best time of 2:10.59 he swam in Charlotte last month. Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta was third in 2:12.23.

Two other SOFLO swimmers also fared well on opening day.

Leo Andara of Venezuela was sixth in the B final of the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.25. His splits were 27.95 (50 meters), 1:01.92 (100 meters) and 1:38.01 (150 meters).

Marco Camargo of Ecuador was tenth in the preliminaries of the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.71. His splits were 29.07 (50 meters), 1:00.95 (100 meters) and 1:34.20 (150 meters).

In other Saturday action two swimmers set meet records.

American Rebecca Soni, ranked second in the world, set a meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.53. Russia’s Yulia Efimova was second in 1:07.24.

Camille Lacourt of France broke a meet record in the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 53.97. Olympic gold medalist Aaron Piersol was second in 55.21.

Other winners were:

Canada’s Brent Hayden, ranked fourth in the world, in the 100-meter freestyle in 49.18 while favorite Alain Barnard of France settled for a B final win in 49.84; Camille Muffat won the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:58 and became only the ninth swimmer in the world this year to swim 1:58; Markus Rogan of Austria won the 200 individual medley in 1:59.77 and Shanteau was second in 2:01.05; American Dana Vollmer won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.91; Canadian 16-year-old Sinead Russell won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.93; and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, who has trained in South Florida, won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.80.

Over a 10-day span, swimmers will compete in Monaco, Barcelona and Canet for prize money. For many it is a chance to face world-class competition without the pressure of the Olympic stage. It is also a training gauge for the upcoming Pan Pacific Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and FINA World Championships later this year.

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