The 2017 Mare Nostum tour is going to kick off in Monaco this weekend, running June 10-11. The second stop will be June 13-14 in Barcelona, with the circuit wrapping up in Canet-en-Roussillon on June 17-18. The tour is set to start with a bang, with the psych sheet absolutely loaded with some of the biggest names in swimming from across the globe.
Most notable from the psych sheet are the sprint events, which feature not only the Australian duo of Cate and Bronte Campbell but the Swedish star Sarah Sjostrom. All three are entered in the 50 and 100 free, and all three have been known to throw down some fast in-season times in the sprint events. But Sjostrom has been on fire in 2017, and with Cate Campbell sitting out this year’s world championships the Swede has a chance to set herself up as a dominant sprint power going into the next Olympic quad.
The Campbells will be accompanied by some of their Australian teammates, including Emily Seebohm and Brittany Elmslie. Another big name on the psych sheet is Hungarian Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu, who is entered in every single event on the schedule and the top seed in six events. Other women to watch out for will be Russian breaststroke Yulia Efimova and Japanese sprinter Rikako Ikee.
On the men’s side, Australian James Magnussen will be making his big return to international competition, entering in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles. He will be going head to head with teammate Cam McEvoy, who is entering the meet as the top seed in the 50 and 100 free events. Fellow Aussie and 2016 Olympic Champion Mack Horton will also be in Monaco swimming the 400 free, the event that earned him a gold medal in Rio.
Hungarian Laszlo Cseh will also be in the mix as well, entering the meet with the top seed in all three butterfly events and the 200 IM. Other names to watch for will be South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh and Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki, who are the top seeds in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. You can see the full psych sheet for the first stop of the 2017 Mare Nostrum tour here.