Swedish star Sarah Sjostrom had a very strong first evening of competition at the Bergen Swim Festival in Norway.
In the very first event Sjostrom took the women’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:54.77. She was just off of Femke Heemskerk‘s world leading time of 1:55.75. It is a season’s best for Sjostrom who put up a 1:55.75 at the Swedish Grand Prix in April.
Katinka Hosszu finished second in a time of 1:56.90.
Cecilie Johannsessen finished third in a time of 1:59.42. Johannessen’s time breaks her own national record of 2:00.18. That was the first of two national records set by the Norwegian who posted 25.45 in the 50 freestyle breaking the 2012 record of 25.70 set by Henriette Brekke.
Sjostrom also took the women’s 50 butterfly where she posted a 25.35, only five one-hundredths of a second off here season’s best time of 25.30. Hosszu finished second in a time of 27.40 followed by Emilie Beckmann who hit the wall in a time of 27.75.
She then finished off the day by winning the women’s 50 freestyle in a time of 24.64. That is a season’s best for Sjostrom who now sits eighth in the world rankings.
Mie Nielsen won the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 59.36. Here time is just off her lifetime and national record mark of 59.14. Hosszu finished second in a time of 1:00.59 followed by Ekaterina Avramova who posted a 1:02.46.
Hosszu collected gold in both the women’s 200 butterfly and the women’s 200 backstroke.
She won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:11.84 followed by Barbora Zavadova who finished in a time of 2:14.35. Christina Munkholm took the bronze in a time of 2:15.67.
Hosszu took the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:09.78, well off of the time of 2:06.81 which she recorded in Nancy last weekend.
Jennie Johansson won the women’s 100 breaststroke posting a season’s best time of 1:07.29, finishing two seconds ahead of her next competitor. Louise Dalgaard finished second in a time of 1:09.44 followed by Silje Mikkel Borg who touched in a time of 1:10.96.
Lavrans Solli was the big winner on the men’s side taking both the 100 and 200 backstroke on Saturday evening.
Solli won the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 54.85 over a second and a half ahead of the field. Magnus Jakupsson finished second in a time of 56.41 followed by Matthias Carlsson who finished in a time of 56.51.
He took the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 2:03.24. This time it was a much closer race as Carlsson hit the wall in a time of 2:03.83 followed by Gergely Gyurta who touched in a time of 2:03.87.
Both the men’s 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke had thrilling finishes.
Isaac Eliasson hit the wall one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Daniel Skaaning in the men’s 200 freestyle. Eliasson finished in a time of 1:50.24 followed by Skaaning who touched in a time of 1:50.25. Henrik Christiansen finished third in a time of 1:50.69.
Daniel Gyurta took the men’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:00.42 followed by Tomas Klobucnik who posted a 1:00.57 and Marco Koch who touched the wall in a time of 1:00.58.
Viktor Bromer took the 200 butterfly with ease winning the event in a time of 1:56.35. He was followed by Simon Sjodin who finished in a time of 1:58.22 and Jan Self who recorded a 1:58.54.
Full results can be found here.