Lidon Muñoz Breaks Women’s 100 IM Spanish Record on Day 1 of Spanish Champs

2019 SPANISH SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day one of the Spanish SC Championships kicked off yesterday, seeing a few automatic qualificiations for the European SC Championships, and one Spanish Record. Lidon Muñoz won the women’s 100 IM in a new Spanish Record of 1:00.68, with former University of Akron swimmer Paloma Marrero coming in 2nd in 1:00.93. Muñoz and Marrero both came in under the qualifying time to send one swimmer to SC Euros, but neither came in under the 1:00.57 cut for sending 2-3 swimmers. That being said, Muñoz has automatically earned a bid to the European Championships, and Marrero could earn a spot on the roster as well if RFEN uses their discretion to add her.

Albert Escrits Mañosa won the men’s 1500 with a 14:37.90, clearing the field by 6 seconds, and finishing just .39 seconds off the Championship Record. He came in well under the Spanish qualifying standard of 14:41.18, earning an automatic spot on Spain’s roster for SC Euros. Miguel Duran was runner-up in the race, clocking a 14:43.93. Paula Juste Sanchez won the women’s 400 free with a 4:05.36, touching as the only female swimmer in Day 1 to clear the maximum time standard set by RFEN. The qualifying standard for sending the maximum of 4 swimmers to SC European Champs is 4:05.90. Runner-up Ainhoa Campabadal Amezcua touched in 4:07.64, finishing just off the qualifying standard for 2-3 swimmers – 4:06.97. However, Campabadal and 3rd place finisher Africa Zamorano (4:08.43) both came in under the minimum standard for one swimmer (4:08.47), meaning it’s very possible RFEN exercises discretion to bring all 3 swimmers to SC Euros.

Bruno Ortiz won the men’s 100 IM in a final time of 53.33. He came away with the victory by .3 seconds, however he finished just off the minimum standard for SC Euros (53.29), meaning Spain may not send any swimmers in the 100 IM to SC Euros. Another event where no qualifying time was achieved was the men’s 50 breast, where Sergio Ortega won the race by a huge margin, clocking a 26.79. The minimum standard was 26.64. No swimmers qualified in the women’s 50 breast either, as longtime star Jessica Vall touched the wall first in 30.71. That time came in pretty significantly off the minimum qualifying standard of 30.38.

No automatic qualifications occured in the men’s or women’s 100 fly either. Adrian Curbelo won the men’s 100 fly with a 52.35. That time comes in well off the minimum standard for Euros of 51.00, making it unlikely Spain will send any representation in this event. Aina Hierro won the women’s 100 fly in 59.23, also coming in well off the minimum qualifying time of 58.10.

 

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