2016 Geneva International Challenge
The biggest swims on day two of the Geneva International Challenge came from American Madison Kennedy and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, who each took down two meet records. Cseh also moved up to seventh in the world rankings in his 200 IM.
Men 400 Free
The top three finishers in the 1500 returned, albeit in a different order, for top three finishes in the men’s 400. Yesterday’s 1500 bronze-medalist Andrea Mossini-Vellen of Switzerland took the win in the with 4:01.21, followed by the 1500 winner Logan Fontaine of France (4:02.84), and yesterday’s silver-medalist Max Murphy (4:03.48).
Women 100 Free
Last summer’s USA Swimming national champion in the 50 free Madison Kennedy hit a new meet record in the 100 free, clocking 55.19 to take down Camille Muffat‘s 55.33 mark from 2014. Kennedy went out fast, splitting 26.14, nearly a second ahead of the field. She came back in 29.05.
Swiss swimmer Maria Ugolkova added another medal to her bronze in the 100 fly, coming in second in 56.02, followed by British swimmer Hannah Burvill.
Men 50 Breast
Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic, reigning European champion in the short course version of this event, took down the 50 breaststroke record twice in one day. This morning, he grabbed the record with 27.78, and tonight he sped up to clip his prelims mark with 27.71. His swim tonight moves him up to fourteenth in the world rankings, just behind American Kevin Cordes.
University of Tennessee post-grad Brad Craig, yesterday’s 200 champ, came in second with 28.91. Jolann Bovey of Switzerland finished third in 29.32.
Women 200 Breast
After a silver and a bronze yesterday, British swimmer Constance Dean won a narrow victory over Swiss native Lisa Mamié, finishing 2:34.10 to Mamié’s 2:34.19. The duo held together throughout the race, but Dean’s third 50, a 38.88, ended up making the difference. Alexandra Froissart of Switzerland finished third in 2:38.26.
Men 200 Back
Yesterday’s 50 back winner Nils Liess of Switzerland scored a massive victory in the 200 back in 2:01.88, seven seconds ahead of the rest of his 19 and over field. However, some swimmers in the 18 and under competition clocked the second and third fastest times. Maxence Orange of France finished in 2:05.18, followed by James McFadzen of Great Britain in 2:07.90.
Women 50 Back
Kennedy took her second meet record of the day in the 50 back. She swam a 29.27 to come in a quarter of a second under Laura Letrari‘s 29.53 swim from this morning. Letrari herself, an Italian swimmer who won the 200 IM yesterday, finished second in the event in 29.47, also outdoing her morning swim. Switzerland’s Seraina Sturzenegger came in third with 30.85.
Women 800 Free
Isobel Jones of Great Britain won the 800 free in 9:03.86, closely followed by France’s Léa Marchal, who clocked 9:04.40. Fellow Frenchwoman Charline Mace finished third with 9:10.68.
Men 50 Fly
Laszlo Cseh of Hungary destroyed the meet record by nearly a second in the 50 fly, clocking 23.60 to move up to seventh in the world rankings for this season. The old record was a 24.59 set by Igor Marchenko back in 2009.
Russia’s Andrey Grechin, yesterday’s 100 free champion, matched the old record with 24.59. Vladimir Popov of Bulgaria finished third in 24.60.
Women 50 Fly
Swiss swimmers Svenja Stoffel and Sasha Touretski took the top spots in the 50 fly; Stoffel finished in 26.95 and Touretski clocked 27.12. Hannah Burvill of Great Britain grabbed third with 27.92.
Men 200 IM
Cseh destroyed his second meet record in the 200 IM with a 2:00.00, good for 12th in the world rankings. The old record was over five seconds slower, a 2:05.17 in 2009 from Germany’s Lucien Hassdenteufel.
Second place Dominic Polling of Great Britain finished over seven seconds back in 2:07.78, and the third-fastest swim came from fellow Brit James McFadzen in the 18 and under division (2:09.04).