Day 4 of the Swedish Championships saw the men’s 50 free, 200 back, 100 fly and 800 free. The women battled it out in the 100 breast, 50 fly, and 400 free. Full results can be found here. Day 4 finals highlights:
Men’s 50 Free
Christoffer Carlsen won the first event of the evening and his finished the men’s 50 free in a time of 23.19. That was his 3rd finals appearance and his 1st gold medal of these championships.
Coming in 2nd, just .11 behind, was Oscar Ekström. He picked up another medal after winning the 100 free earlier in the meet. Petter Stymne touched the wall 3rd in 23.54.
400 free silver medalist Robin Andreasson took 4th in 23. 57. He was just ahead of Alexander Nyström, bronze medalist in the 50 back, who swam to 5th place in 23.61.
Women’s 100 Breast
Swedish record holder Jennie Johansson won gold again in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:07.40. After winning gold in the 50 breast and silver in the 200 breast, Johansson continues to show she’s one of the top breaststrokers in Sweden, if not the outright best.
2nd place went to Sophie Hansson. She was the only other woman to crack the 1:10 barrier, finishing well under that in 1:09.00. Behind her, Vilma Ekström took the bronze in 1:10.86.
University of South Carolina based swimmer Amanda Rutqvist finished in 1:11.29 for 5th place. The former NCAA athlete recently finished her 4 years of college swimming. She’s now looking to make waves on the international stage.
Men’s 200 Back
Mattias Carlsson, current Swedish record holder in the 200 back, won this event in 2:02.09. He finished over a full second ahead of the rest of the field.
Petter Fredriksson finished 2nd in 2:03.22, while Fabian Bergman took the bronze in 2:04.74.
Bergman narrowly evaded slipping to 4th after a hard charge from Oskar Ericsson. He finished 4th in 2:04.87, making up for a nearly 2 second deficit on the final 50.
Women’s 50 Fly
Sarah Sjöström crushed the women’s 50 fly field by over 2 seconds to win the event in a time of 25.07. That’s the 5th gold for her at this meet, adding to a long list of accomplishments this weekend after putting up a 50 free than ranked her 3rd in the world.
Magdalena Kuras took 2nd behind Sjostrom in this event after grabbing silver in the 50 free yesterday. She finished in 27.24.
University of Miami senior My Fridell earned the bronze medal in 27.91. That’s her first medal of the meet and her first finals appearance.
Emma Svensson added another championship final finish, placing 7th in 28.38. The FGCU-based sprinter has already competed in the 50 free and 50 back finals, showing versatility in the sprint events.
Men’s 100 fly
Oscar Ekström returned to the pool for his 2nd swim of the night. He earned another medal for this race, finishing on top of the podium in the 100 fly. Ekström recorded a time of 53.78 to win the event.
Alexander Nyström, who also competed in the 50 that night, won his first medal of the session with a 2nd place finish. He touched the wall in 54.47. Jesper Jonsson finished a few tenths behind for 3rd in 54.88.
Women’s 400 Free
USC’s Henriette Stenkvist picked up another gold in the women’s 400 free. Swimming to the wall in 4:17.84, the Trojan swimmer was close to 5 seconds faster than anyone else in the field. That’s the 3rd gold for a Southern California based swimmer at this meet.
In an intense battle for 2nd place, Erica Dahlgren and Frida Berggren hit the wall simultaneously. Dahlgren made a late surge in the final 100 meters, and managed to tie for the silver in 4:22.25.
Men’s 800 Free
Victor Johansson, Christopher Jedel, and Simon Plato battled it out again in the men’s distance event. This time it was Johansson who finished first. The victor posted a time of 8:15.11.
Behind him, Jedel won the silver in 8:18.22. He went out with the fastest split at the 400, but Johansson took off on the second half.
Plato swam to 3rd place in 8:23.66. He was the only other man under 8:30 in this race.
Notable 400 medley relay splits:
Sarah Sjöström 55.62 fly
Michelle Coleman 53.85 free
Louise Hansson 54.14 free
Stina Gardell 1:00.28 fly
Jennie Johansson 1:06.24 breast
My Fridell 1:01.45 fly