2016 SWEDISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 6 – July 10, 2016
- Norrköping, Sweden
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Day 3 of the 2016 Swedish Nationals brought plenty of exciting sprint action, including another win by Sarah Sjostrom in the women’s 50 free. Sjostrom hit the wall in 24.20 to give herself a 3rd individual title in as many days at this meet. That time was narrowly off her season best 24.17 from Austin Pro Swim, which currently ranks her 3rd in the world. Sjostrom wasn’t alone under the 25 second barrier, as 2nd place Therese Alshammar cleared that mark with a 24.91.
Some fast swimming on the men’s side brought a new meet record in the 50 breast final. Johannes Skagius cleared that mark, which he’d set at 27.86 in 2014. His 27.74 today knocked a tenth off of that and gave him a clear lead over Jacob Zeidler (28.52) and Erik Persson (28.84).
Stina Gardell, a former collegiate swimmer at USC, handily won the women’s 400 IM. Gardell built a 10 second lead throughout the race, touching in 4:47.55 to claim victory. Jaqueline Hopi (4:58.06) and Frida Berggren (4:58.20) also swam sub-5:00 to take 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Today’s relay for the men was the 4×100 medley, which was won by SK Neptun in 3:42.73. The team got off to a fast start with Gustav Hokfelt‘s 55.86 backstroke leg, and Simon Sjodin gave the team a major edge with his fly split, rolling to a 52.60. The 2nd place team, Helsingborgs S, was a couple seconds behind in 3:44.77 after Isaak Eliasson gave them the only sub-50 split with his 49.96.
Sparvagen SF took control of the women’s 4×200 free relay, setting a new Swedish Record of 8:06.00 on their way to gold. Michelle Coleman, the 2nd place finisher behind Sjostrom in the individual 200 free, was in a league of her own on the leadoff leg, clocking a 1:56.46. The only other sub-2:00 split came from Sjostrom, who swam a 1:54.71 on the 2nd leg for Sodertorns SS.
- Men’s 50 Breast: Johannes Skagius, 27.74
- Women’s 400 IM: Stina Gardell, 4:47.55
- Men’s 50 Back: Stefan Stojmenovic, 26.15
- Women’s 50 Free: Sarah Sjostrom, 24.20
- Men’s 400 Free: Adam Paulsson, 3:53.19
- Women’s 100 Back: Ida Lindborg, 1:02.11
- Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay: SK Neptun, 3:42.73
- Women’s 4×200 Free Relay: Sparvagen SF, 8:06.00