Sjostrom & Company Gear Up For Pre-Worlds Racing At Swedish Championships


The 2019 Swedish Swimming Championships are kicking off on Friday of this week, with the nation’s senior, junior and para athletes all competing together at Lindängsbadet in Malmö, Sweden. The competition spans 5 days, with heats starting at 10am local and finals at 5:30pm local each day.

Among the women slated to race are national record holders Sarah Sjostrom and Michelle Coleman, with the pair taking on sprint free, fly and back events. Sjostrom is entered in the women’s 50m back as the top seed, which is a race we don’t see the 25-year-old engage in all too-often.

Sjostrom actually holds both the 50m and 100m back Swedish National Records with her lifetime bests of 27.80 and 59.98 from the years 2017 and 2015, respectively. She most recently raced the 50m back at the Luxembourg Euro Meet this past January, taking the gold in a time of 28.66.

Breaststrokers Sophie Hansson and Jessica Eriksson appear on the entry lists for the women, while Erik Persson is scheduled to race in the discipline for the men. Persson is currently ranked 14th in the world this season in the men’s 200m breaststroke, holding a season-best of 2:08.75 cocked at April’s Stockholm Open.

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1 year ago

Anyone know what Sjostrom is like in the 200 im? Unless her breast is absolutely terrible I feel like she could be quite good at it.

Reply to  Bob
1 year ago

She would probably be able to sneak under 2.10, even with say a 40s breast leg, but 2.07/2.08 medal range would be tough with her breastroke. I’ve only seen a video of her SCM 200IM and the breast leg wasnt pretty ha.

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Your read’s similar to mine. She’d be good enough to be internationally competitive but that one weak leg would prevent her from bridging the gap to contender status. Given she already has sufficient events where she’s already a contender and has already basically shelved one of those, its not hard to see why she hasn’t chosen to pursue 200IM

1 year ago

Well she did manage to beat Katinka that one time.. but no, breast and distance… not gonna happen in the meats that really matters

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Noticed that Louise Hansson will not be in this meet.

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