2015 Spanish Short Course Open Nationals, Gijon, Spain
Upon her return to competition Mireia Belmonte captured a win the women’s 1500 freestyle on the first day of competition at the Spanish Short Course National Championships. Her second day back was even better than the first.
On Saturday Belmonte captured wins in the women’s 200 butterfly as well as the 400 freestyle and 400 IM. Pushed by American Katherine Ann Mills she won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:06.32 placing her sixth in the world rankings. She won the 400 freestyle in a time of 4:00.80 which also places her sixth in the world rankings. In the 400 IM she posted a 4:33.14 which puts her ninth in the world.
Belmonte was not the only swimmer to crack the top ten. Konrad Czerniak took the men’s 50 freestyle in a time of 21.47 which places him eighth in the world rankings while Jessica Vall won the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:21.84 which puts her 10th.
Carlos Peralta set a new meet record in the men’s 200 butterfly winning the event in a time of 1:53.34. Peralta was only eight one-hundredths of a second off the national record of 1:53.26.
There were several age group records set on Saturday. The first came in the men’s 400 freestyle where 18 year old Joan Casanovas took the event in a time of 3:43.06. In that same race 16 year old Cesar Castro posted a 3:47.38 breaking the national age group record.
14 year old Javier Zorzano broke the men’s 200 breaststroke age group record hitting the wall in a time of 2:20.05.
13 year old Nadia Gonzalez broke the age group in the women’s 50 freestyle finishing in a time of 26.50. The final age group record was set by 17 year old Africa Zamorano who posted a 2:07.37 in the women’s 200 backstroke.
Other winners included:
- Women’s 50 freestyle – Fatima Gallardo – 25.10
- Men’s 200 breaststroke – Mario Cortes – 2:11.71
- Men’s 400 freestyle – Marc Sanchez – 4:10.09
- Women’s 200 backstroke – Duane Da Rocha – 2:05.90
- Men’s 200 backstroke – Hugo Gonzalez – 1:54.25