26TH INTERNATIONAL MEETING USTER
- February 3rd & 4th
- Indoor Pool Buchholz, Uster, Switzerland
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The 2-day International Meeting in Uster, Switzerland kicked off with a new meet record at virtually every other turn, as this year’s men’s and women’s fields contained stellar talent from Europe, Japan and Canada.
World record holder Kylie Masse was among those record breakers, as the Canadian earned a new 200m backstroke mark en route to gold in the event tonight. After a solid morning effort of 2:10.35, the 22-year-old representing Toronto pushed her time to the 2:07.47 mark in finals to collect the gold in a new meet standard time. She owned the previous meet record mark in 2:10.35 from 2017, so the World Championship medalist was almost 3 seconds faster from last year to now.
Masse’s outing tonight represents the 4th fastest time of her career, giving a good indication of what she may be brewing come April at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. Her effort now ranks as #2 in the world, only behind her young countrywoman Taylor Ruck.
Her Canadian counterpart in Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak also got the job done big time in Uster, taking the women’s 100m freestyle in a new meet record. She positioned herself as the 2nd seed behind France’s Marie Wattel in the morning, but took things up a notch to earn gold tonight in 53.94, the only sub-54 second time of the field. Splitting 26.00/27.94, the 17-year-old overtook the old meet mark of 55.10 set by Swiss Maria Ugolkova last year. Wattel wound up touching in 54.53 for the silver behind Oleksiak, while bronze went to Ugolkova in 55.40.
However, in the pair’s next sprint duel in the session, Ugolkova wound up on top, taking the women’s 50m butterfly gold over Oleksiak. 26.03 is what it took Ugolkova to top the podium, out doing the old meet record of 26.42 Oleksiak set just this morning. Tonight, the Canadian finished in 26.11 for 2nd place.
Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi owned the women’s 200m butterfly race tonight, edging the field by a 3+ second margin when all was send and done. Szilagyi finished in 2:09.35 for a new meet record, while Great Britain’s Holly Hibbott settled for silver in 2:13.06.
Hibbott had already raced an impressive 400m freestyle earlier, however, lowering her own meet record set in the morning prelims. This morning the Stockport Metro swimmer clocked a time of 4:17.60 to lead the pack, while Hibbott dropped almost 7 seconds to notch a winning effort of 4:10.91. Hibbott has been as fast as 4:06.37 to take the national title in April of last year.
Kristof Milak of Hungary was another swimmer who took on the 400m free/200m fly double, coming away with 2 golds for his performances. In the former event, the World Junior Record holder notched a time of 3:55.92 to slide under the old meet mark of 3:56.22 set by Alex Di Giorgio last year.
In the men’s 200m butterfly event, Milak took on his elder Hungarian teammate in Laszlo Cseh, representing just one of the 3 fly events in which the pair will meet at this competition. Milak produced a solid time of 1:56.77, while Cseh finished just under the 2-minute mark as well in 1:59.64. Both men were the only swimmers to delve into sub-2 minute territory.
Finishing the night with a bang was Japan’s Shinri Shioura, who produced an impressive sub-49 second outing in the men’s 100m freestyle. Clocking the only time under 50 this morning, Shioura stepped things up in the final to rock a wining time of 48.89. That’s just off the 48.81 Shioura threw down at the Euro Meet Luxembourg, which currently sits as the 8th fastest time in the world this season.
Additional Winners on the Day:
- The women’s 200m IM saw the home country’s Maria Ugolkova take the win in 2:14.33, a new meet record, while Hungary’s Benjamin Gratz was the winner of the same event on the men’s side. He also overtook the men’s old meet record of 2:02.10 he held himself since last year.
- British national record holder Jocelyn Ulyett was tonight’s 100m breaststroke winner, touching in 1:08.90 for gold.
- A Brit also took the men’s edition of the same breaststroke race, as a bearded Andrew Willis topped the field in a modest 1:02.40.
- Masse was also tonight’s 50m backstroke victor, hitting the wall in 27.84, just .02 off of her own meet record from last year.
- Hungary’s Benedek Kovacs earned gold in the men’s 50m backstroke, albeit narrowly, beating Britain’s Daniel Cross by just .03 of a second. Kovacs touched in 25.87, while Cross hit in 25.90, as both men represented the only men of the field to dip under the 26-second threshold.