After Friday and Saturday at the 2015 Eindhoven Swim Cup belonged to the home team and veteran Femke Heemskerk (here and here), she shared the spotlight with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom on Sunday in the Netherlands.
Sjostrom started the evening session with a 24.69 in the women’s 50 fly, which ranks as the second-fastest performance in history and the fastest time ever indoors (read more and watch race video here).
She would finish that event with a title later in the session, and though her time slid to just a 25.5 in the final round, she had good reason: the swim was just a few minutes after she swam and broke the Swedish National Record in the 100 backstroke.
In that event, Sjostrom’s 59.98 made her the first swimmer in her country’s history to ever go better than a minute in that event. The old record was a 1:00.58 done last year by Michelle Coleman in France. Despite Sjostrom’s swim here, she still probably makes the most sense as a butterflier on a medal-potential Swedish medley relay, but she continues to improve her versatility as she ages from a one-trick 100 fly pony in 2009 at 14-years old to one of the world’s best all-around swimmers in 2015.
100 back race video:
Meanwhile, Heemskerk capped off her meet with another lifetime best and a new Dutch Record in the women’s 100 free. She swam a 52.69 to improve her semi-final swim by a tenth of a second. That moves her up into 5th-place on the all-time rankings and surpasses her younger countrymate Ranomi Kromowidjojo as the fastest Dutch swimmer in history.
- Britta Steffen, Germany, 52.07
- Cate Campbell, Australia, 52.33
- Libby Trickett, Australia, 52.62
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 52.67
- Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands, 52.69
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands, 52.75
- Bronte Campbell, Australia, 52.86
- Fran Halsall, Great Britain, 52.87
- Amanda Weir, USA, 53.02
- Jiaying Pang, China, 53.13
Kromowidjojo took 2nd in the race in 53.88, and Maud van der Meer was 3rd in 54.85. All three swimmers train at the Dutch National Training Center – PSV.
Hungarian Peter Bernek continued his run of success with another Meet Record, this time in the men’s 400 free. He swam a 3:47.31, holding off the defending European Champion Velimir Stjepanovic (3:48.85) for the win.
At the other end of the men’s freestyle spectrum, Hungarian sprinter Krisztian Takacs swam 22.19 in the semis and 22.22 in the finals to win the men’s 50 free ahead of Christoffer Carlsen (22.80).
Hungary’s third win of the day came in the men’s 100 back where Gabor Balog swam 54.78 to win.
In the women’s 200 breaststroke, back to the home-team success, Moniek Nijhuis swam a 2:29.61 to win ahead of Michelle Lambert (2:30.07). That’s Nijhuis’ first time under 2:30 in this event, and as her country’s primary sprint breaststroker that’s a bit of icing-on-the-cake.
Finally, another Swede, Erik Persson, won the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:11.98, which is half-a-second short of his personal best. He was able to hold off 100 breaststroke World Record holder Cameron van Der Burgh, who took 2nd in 2:12.23.