Argentine Julia Sebastian has broken her National Record in the 200 long course meters breaststroke for the 3rd time in the last year, going a 2:28.35 on Saturday at the Argentina National Championships.
The meet, being held in Mar del Plata that will host the South American Championships later this year, has now seen two National Records go down, both in the breaststrokes.
Sebastian does much of her racing, and much of her best racing at that, in Brazil, where at the Maria Lenk Trophy a few weeks ago she was a 2:28.53. Before that, she broke the record with a 2:28.99 at the Jose Finkel Trophy in 2:28.99.
Sebastian now becomes a huge favorite to repeat as the South American Champion in the event (she won by over three seconds in 2012), and may even shoot for a clean-sweep of the breaststrokes. In the last edition of that event, she was 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the 50, though Brazil’s Ana Carvalho will still be the slight favorite in the shorter races.
Other Saturday winners:
Men’s 50 free– Federico Grabich 23:00
Women’s 50 back – Cecilia Bertoncello 29:64
Women’s 200 breast – Julia Sebastian 2:28:35
Men’s 100 fly – Juanjo Gutierrez 54:33
Women’s 200 free – Julia Arion 2:08:79
Women’s 200 fly – Florencia Colombo Berra 2:20:27
Men’s 200 IM – Matias Chaparro do Paraguai 2:06:73
Men’s 1500 free – Martin Naidich 15:16:30