Spanish Open Day 3: Alejandro Puebla Crack Championship Record in 1500 Free


Team Scores Through Day 3


  1. C.N. Sabadell – 231.0
  2. C.D. Gredos San Diego – 195.0
  3. C.N. Terrassa – 183.50
  4. C.E. Mediterrani – 165.0
  5. Madrid N.C. – 134.5


  1. C.N. Santa Andreu – 229.0
  2. C.N. Sabadell – 212.0
  3. C.D. Gredos San Diego – 172.0
  4. C.D.N. Inacua Malaga /Club de Tenis Elche – 108.0

On day 3 of the Spanish Championships, the C.N. Sabadell men and C.N. Santa Andreu women opened up leads in the team battle.

In the men’s 1500 free, C.N.Cartagonova Cartagena’s Alejandro Puebla Martinez came out ahead thanks to a strong final 500 meters. Puebla clocked a 15:13.58, marking a personal best of 15:21.29, which he swam at the Spanish National Championships in March of this year. With the 15:13.58 yesterday, Martinez broke the Championship Record of 15:16.74, which was held by Marc Sanchez from 2016. Coming in 2nd yesterday was Carlos Garach Benito (C.N. Santa Andreu), who swam a 15:15.66. The time broke the Junior Championship Record.

In a very tight women’s 400 free A final, Alba Herrero Lazaro emerged victorious over Africa Zamorano and Paula Otero Fernandez. Herrero touched in 4:12.17, marking a lifetime best by 4 seconds. Zamorano clocked a 4:12.29, also marking a lifetime best by over a second. Coming in 3rd was Otero, who finished in 4:12.70, also a lifetime best.

It was Zamorano who took the race out the fastest, far outpacing Herrero and Otero on the first 200. Zamorano split 2:02.85 on the first 200, compared to 2:05.02 from Herrero, and 2:05.13 from Otero. Zamorano was then much slower coming home, splitting 2:09.44 on the 2nd 200.

Sergio de Celis Montalbon took the men’s 100 free in 49.12. He was just off his personal best of 49.08, which stands as the Spainish Record in the event. His best time was swum in June.

It was France’s Lilou Ressencourt who won the women’s 200 fly, posting a 2:11.41. She held a slim lead over C.D.N Inacua Malaga’s Carmen Balbuena Heredia throughout the entire race. Balbuena touched 2nd in 2:11.81. France made it a sweep of the 200 butterflies, with Noyan Taylan narrowly out-touching Joan Lluis Pons Ramon 1:57.70 to 1:57.79 in the men’s 200 fly.

Jessica Vall Montero was dominant in the women’s 100 breast, clocking a 1:07.92 to win the race by 1.7 seconds. Vall holds the Spanish Record at 1:06.44. Coming 2nd was Laura Rodriguez Sanchez, who touched in 1:09.67. The swim marked a lifetime best for Rodriguez by 0.03 seconds.

France picked up another win with Carl Aitkaci taking the men’s 100 breast in 1:01.30.


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Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

France has sent an A’ team in Spain.
20-year-old Analia Pigree has won the women’s 50 back with a new French national record in 27.39. She held the record since last June in 27.59. So far she can’t convert her 50 back performances into the 100 back. She swam a new PB this week by winning the 100 back in “only” 1.00.46.