50e CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL DE GENEVE
- Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd
- Center Sportif des Vernets, Geneva, Switzerland
- Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 5:30pm local
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- Start Lists/Live Results (may not work unless you navigate to them through Meet Site above)
American Anthony Ervin swam a 50.25 to win the 100 free on day 1 of the 2017 Geneva International – the 50th anniversary of one of the first major long course meet on this year’s global calendar.
For the seemingly ageless Ervin, who won Olympic gold last summer in the 50 free at 35-years old, the swim is about three-tenths faster than the one with which he opened his 2016 season (at the Pro Swim in Austin).
Finishing 2nd in the race was Belarusian swimmer Artyon Machekin, who is a decade younger than Ervin, in 50.48. Scott McLay of Scottland won the 18-and-under division in a new Meet Record of 50.98.
Other familiar names to wind up atop podiums on day 1 included Katie Meili of the United States, who won the 50 breaststroke in 31.93 ahead of Martina Moravcikova (32.25) and Amit Ivry (33.41).
Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev, representing the home team Geneve Natation 1885 in the meet, won the men’s 50 backstroke in 25.20, which is a new meet record. The old record of 26.32 was done in prelims by Nils Liess, who also was under that standard with a 26.27 in finals.
Elena Di Liddo added in a Meet Record in the 100 fly with a 59.31, beating out the old record of Svenja Stoffel (59.53) set at the 2015 edition of the meet. Scotland Keanna MacInnes won the 17-and-under final in 1:01.50, breaking the record for that age group.
The final highlight of day 1 came when Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh won the 100 fly in 53.56 to defend his title – albeit a full second slower than he swam a year ago. American Tim Phillips was 4th in 54.99.