Christoffer Carlsen Hits Worlds Standard on Relay Leadoff in Sweden


In 7 individual finals on Saturday, day 4 of the 2018 Swedish Short Course Championships, no new swimmers cleared the Swedish qualifying standards for the 2018 World Short Course Swimming Championships that will be held in December in Hangzhou.

Few of the country’s biggest names swam on Saturday. That includes Michelle Coleman, who after setting a National Record in the 100 back on Friday skipped the 200 on Saturday – an event in which she’s also the National Record holder in both SCM and LCM.

The biggest name to race was veteran 32-year old IMer Simon Sjodin, who won the men’s 200 IM in 1:55.99. That was still 7-tenths of a second away from the qualifying standard in the event, and was 3 seconds away from his Swedish Record in the event.

Overall, the day was marked by event champions coming up short of their best times. The highlight of the day was a tentative Worlds qualifying time from Christoffer Carlsen.

Helsinborgs Simsallskap won the men’s 400 free relay in 3:15.56, including a 47.42 leadoff from Carlsen. If he can repeat that time in the individual final, he would sneak .01 seconds under the requisite qualifying standard for Worlds.

Other Day 4 Results:

  • Hannah Eriksson won the women’s 200 free by almost 4 seconds, finishing in 1:57.16. That’s half-a-second away from her best time, set at this meet last year, of 1:56.61.
  • 18-year old Bjorn Seeliger won the men’s 50 free in 21.89, which was also short of his best time.
  • 14-year old Emelie Fast and 17-year old Hannah Brunzell tied for the win in the women’s 50 breaststroke in 30.96. Brunzell was one of only two event winners on the day to go a lifetime best (previously 31.49).
  • Martin Nilsson won the men’s 100 backstroke in 53.20, which made him the other personal-best champion.
  • Kristian Kron, who swam in college at Utah, won the men’s 1500 free in 15:09.63. This race was without Swedish Record holder Victor Johansson, who is out of the water for at least a few weeks with a back injury.
  • Angelholms Simsallskap won the women’s 200 medley relay in 1:51.95.

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Any reason why Michelle skipped the 200 free and Back? Is it because she swam the heats, and already has the time from SWC. Or is it because she is in the team she will get to swim it anyways?

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