2021 SWIM OPEN STOCKHOLM
- April 8-11, 2021
- Eriksdalsbadet, Stockholm, Sweden
- LCM Format (50m)
- Start Times (Local Time): Heats: 9:30 AM, B/C Finals: 4:30 PM, A Finals: 6 PM
- FINA Olympic Qualifying Standards
- Meet Site
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Available for €4.99/Session)
- Day 1 Recap
The second day of the 2021 Swim Open Stockholm is now in the books at the Eriksdalsbadet Aquatic Center in Sweden. Highlighting the session were 24-year-olds Louise Hansson of Sweden and Felix Auboeck of Austria, both hitting top-five times in the world, lifetime bests, and dipping under the FINA Olympic A cuts.
After hitting 57.38 this morning to hit the 57.92 Olympic A cut, Swede Louise Hansson put up a new 100 fly lifetime best of 56.73. That took down her lifetime best of 57.10 from the 2019 World Championships, making this her first time under 57 seconds. Hansson’s time currently ranks No. 4 in the world this season, passing countrymate Sarah Sjostrom (57.34).
The NCAA champion is now tied as the 16th-fastest performer in history and the 5th-fastest European performer all-time. Hansson is also the 2nd-fastest Swede in the event behind national record-holder Sjostrom (55.48).
All-Time European Performers — Women’s 100 Fly LCM
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 55.48 — 2016
- Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 56.51 — 2014
- Inge de Bruijn (NED), 56.61 — 2000
- Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 56.69 — 2009
- Louise Hansson (SWE). 56.73 — 2021**
Greek Anna Ntountounaki placed second at 58.03, just off her 57.86 season best from the Nice stop of the FFN Golden Tour. After winning the 50 fly yesterday, Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann took third in the 100 distance at 58.12, gaining 0.11s from her 58.01 season best from this year’s Danish Championships.
2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Fly
During this morning’s preliminaries in the men’s 200 free, Estonian Kregor Zirk set the national record of 1:47.06. Winning the championship final later in the day, however, was Austrian Felix Auboeck, setting a new lifetime best of 1:45.70. Auboeck’s time broke his own Austrian national record, which now ranks 5th in the world for the 2020-2021 season.
Zirk settled for second at 1:47.19, just 0.13s slower than his morning record swim. Placing third was German Jacob Heidtmann at 1:48.31. While Auboeck easily swam under the FINA Olympic A cut of 1:47.02, Zirk’s morning swim was just four one-hundredths off the standard.
2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Free
Breaking 15 minutes in the men’s 1500 free to rank second in the world this season was 21-year-old Alexander Norgaard of Denmark, touching in at 14:54.11. Norgaard’s No. 2 time ranks only behind Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri‘s 14:40.38. The entire top five men’s 1500 free times this season are all under 15 minutes. Norgaard’s swim also achieved the FINA Olympic A cut of 15:00.99.
Placing second in the event was German Ruwen Straub, whose swim of 15:05.58 is now No. 11 in the world. Denmark’s Anton Ipsen rounded out the top three times at 15:16.22.
2020-2021 LCM Men 1500 Free
Also putting up top-10 times in the world this season were Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Swede Sophie Hansson. Hosszu won her signature 400 IM in a season best of 4:38.85, which now ranks No. 8 in the world. Hansson then went on to win the 50 breast final at 30.46, ranking No. 6 in the world. Hansson’s swim also marked a lifetime best, taking down her 30.72 from the 2018 European Championships. Her swim now ranks 13th all-time in European history.
Finishing off the evening was the women’s 800 free relay, where Israel put up a solid effort of 8:06.91, defeating Sweden (8:12.48) by nearly six seconds. Leading off the Israeli relay was Andi Murez, breaking Anastasia Gorbenko‘s national record (1:58.99) from yesterday with a time of 1:57.97. Murez now ranks No. 54 all-time in European history. Following Murez were Gorbenko (2:01.84), Lea Polonsky (2:04.18), and Daria Golovaty (2:02.92).
Swimming on the Swedish relay were Hanna Eriksson (2:03.25), Emma Magnusson (2:01.75), Alicia Lundblad (2:03.96), and Sofia Astedt (2:03.52).
More Day Two Highlights:
- German Lucas Matzerath won the men’s 100 breast at 1:00.02, touching 0.62s ahead of Austrian Christopher Rothbauer (1:00.64) and Denmark’s Tobias Bjerg (1:00.81). The FINA Olympic A cut rests at 59.93.
- Finland’s Mimosa Jallow won the women’s 100 back in a time of 1:00.81, just three one-hundredths ahead of Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (1:00.84). Czech Republic’s Simona Kubova placed third at 1:01.42.
- Another German taking a men’s event win was Philip Heintz in the 100 fly, touching the wall at 52.42. Finishing four one-hundredths behind Heintz was Czech Jan Sefl (52.46), who touched out German Marius Kusch (52.47) by one one-hundredth.
- Giving the Czech Republic a win was Tomas Franta, who won the men’s 50 back by 0.05s at 25.30. Going 2-3 for Israel were countrymen Michael Laitarovsky (25.35) and Yakov Toumarkin (25.45).
Day Two National Record Round-Up
- Women’s 200 Free: Israeli record, Andi Murez (1:57.97)
- Men’s 200 Free: Austrian record, Felix Auboeck (1:45.70)
- Men’s 200 Free: Estonian record, Kregor Zirk (1:47.06)
- Women’s 50 Breast: Estonian record, Eneli Jefimova (30.93)
- Men’s 100 Fly: Estonian record, Alex Ahtiainen (52.68)
Is there a sub-1:00 minute backstroker in Sweden?
Hansson on back could be good too. She was 1:00.6 in prelims at Swim open and didn’t swim finals to focus on 100 fly. She could potentially break the minute, but pretty sure Coleman was unrested for her 1:00.8. I guess it just depends on who breaks the minute first!! Coleman has always said she would love someone else to do backstroke.
Realistically they will decide between:
Loughborough training looks to be going well!
First Marie Wattel came over from France and transformed from a good swimmer to a world class one. Now Hansson & Auboeck setting PBs after moving over from major collegiate programmes. This is a big opportunity for Lboro to really further their international reputation – Perhaps as the place for European swimmers to go after finishing up collegiate careers in the US.
This bodes well for Ms. Hansson. From everything I can tell, she loves to race.
Very nice! Bodes well for putting her on the fly leg of the medley relay and Sjostrom on free (hoping she recovers well). Sophie Hansson also put down a 1:06.0 in the medley relay on Day 1 so the Swedes are putting a good team together!
Unforunately while Michelle Coleman is a solid swimmer, her back leg is a two second loss on the better teams. The latter half of the team is high class though, especially if Sjostrom is in 51-form.