Seeliger Posts Record In 50 Back At Swedish Nationals


The 2022 Swedish National Championships rolled through day 3, with two meet records and one national record biting the dust, both on the men’s side.

Penn State’s NCAA qualifier Daniel Räisänen completed his sweep of the men’s breaststroke events here in Linköping. He sealed the treble with a personal best of 1:00.36 in the 100m distance, falling just .28 shy of the Swedish national record. That standard still stands at the 1:00.08 Erik Persson put on the books in 2017.

Unfortunately for Räisänen, his performance here also sits outside of the 1:00.23 qualification time needed for the European Championships. However, he may get a bonus swim at Euros by way of the fact he has qualified in the 2breast.

Bjorn Seeliger clocked a new national record in the men’s 50m back to take the spotlight on day 3, touching in a mark of 25.10. The triple NCAA relay champion from Cal hit a new lifetime best, overtaking his previous career-quickest 50m back performance of 25.23 that was on the books since 2019.

This is Seeliger’s first Swedish national record in long or short courses and the 25.10 time dips under the qualification mark of 25.28 needed for Rome.

Seeliger was a member of the Swedish men’s 4x100m free relay at the just-concluded FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. The Cal Bear posted a time of 49.06 as lead-off, although the squad finished 11th and out of the final.

Additional Winners:

  • The women’s 200m fly saw Edith Jernstedt grab the gold in 2:16.79.
  • Lucie Hanquet scored a time of 4:19.83 to top the women’s 400m free field.
  • Julia Mansson posted a time of 2:28.16 to take the women’s 200m breast event in the only sub-2:30 outing of the field.
  • The women’s 100m back saw Elise Oberg get it done in 1:04.06 to top the podium.
  • The men’s 200m IM was decided by just over half a second, with William Lulek out-touching Emil Hassling. The former hit 2:03.25 while the latter secured silver in 2:03.87.

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