Sanchez & Zamorano Wrangle Up 2 Wins Apiece In Barcelona


Day 3 of the 61st Spanish Winter Short Course National Championships continued in Barcelona with the meet’s standout swimmers Marc Sanchez and Africa Zamorano continuing to make a statement. After having already collected multiple wins through day 2, both athletes scored an additional 2 golds tonight.

The national record holder Sanchez started with the 200m freestyle, clocking a mark of 1:45.03 to win by over 1 1/2 seconds. However, his time fell short of the RFEN-mandated qualifying time of 1:44.03 for the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen.

Sanchez came close to another Copenhagen-worthy time in the men’s 200m IM, where he took the meet title in a mark of 1:56.66. Although he won again by a solid margin of over 2 seconds, he fell short of the qualifying time of 1:55.77 needed for the main event in December.

As for Zamorano, the Spaniard was able to take the women’s 100m backstroke in the only sub-minute outing of the field. Stopping the clock at 59.65, Zamorano took gold, but was well-off of the qualifying standard of 57.84.

Zamorano also made her presence known in the 200m IM, where she took the win in a time of 2:11.16, just short of the Copenhagen-qualifying mark of 2:10.69. Of note, Olympic gold medalist Mireia Belmonte was slated to be in the women’s 200m IM field, but was a no-show during this morning’s prelims.

Additional Winners on Day 3:

  • Melani Costa Schmid registered a winning 200m freestyle mark just .33 outside of the qualifying standard. 1:56.58 is what Schmid produced tonight for gold.
  • National record holder Jessica Vall topped the women’s 100m breaststroke field tonight in a mark of 1:05.81, a time .18 outside of the 1:05.63 Euro Championships standard.
  • The men’s 100m backstroke field saw Jorge Martin win in a mark of 53.44, while Omar Ahmed took the gold in the men’s 50m butterfly (23.62).
  • Lidon Munoz raced the fastest women’s 50m butterfly time of 27.01 for gold tonight.

Below are the RFEN-qualifying standards for Copenhagen:

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