Swedish Nationals Day 2: Sjostrom Wins 100 Fly Gold in 55.9


Sarah Sjostrom racked up another win at Swedish Nationals, this time winning the women’s 100 fly with a blistering 55.95 to blow away the field. That swim was a bit off her season-best, as she’s already been a 55.68 this year in March, but it would still make her the fastest woman in the world this year had she not already been faster. Taking 2nd behind Sjostrom and also clearing 1:00 was Louise Hansson in 59.20.

Michelle Coleman, who was 2nd behind Sjostrom in the 200 free on day 1, swam to a dominating victory in the 200 back. Coleman swam a 2:11.59 to win by nearly 2nd. That was a new meet record, breaking her own record of 2:12.99 from 2014.

In the men’s 100 back, Simon Sjodin clocked a 55.91 to power ahead of a field that included Mattias Carlsson, the Swedish Record holder in this event. Carlsson wound up 3rd with a 56.31, just behind silver medalist Gustav Hokfelt (56.15).

Adam Paulsson closed in on the 4:20 barrier to win the men’s 400 IM. Paulsson touched the wall in 4:20.23 to put himself well ahead of the field. Taking 2nd was Kristian Kron, who swam for the University of Utah, in 4:26.07.

Kron was also part of the Helsingborgs relay team that set a new Swedish Record in the 800 free relay. He took the leadoff leg, getting things started with a 1:53.51. Jonas Holmstrom (1:50.99) and Christoffer Carlsen (1:50.89) put up a pair of 1:50 splits on the middle portion of the relay to set up Isaak Eliasson for his 1:49.85 anchor on the way to the team gold. Their overall time was 7:25.24, well under the previous record of 7:29.59.

Event Winners

  • Women’s 200 Back: Michelle Coleman, 2:11.35
  • Men’s 400 IM: Adam Paulsson, 4:20.23
  • Women’s 50 Breast: Jennie Johansson, 30.47
  • Men’s 100 Back: Simon Sjodin
  • Women’s 100 Fly: Sarah Sjostrom, 55.95
  • Men’s 50 Fly: Sebastian Holmberg, 24.10
  • Women’s 800 Free: Erica Dahlgren, 9:02.15
  • Men’s 4×200 Free Relay: Helsingborgs S, 7:25.24

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4 years ago

She now has the five fastest times in history.

4 years ago

You need to be leading at 50m to beat Sjöström. You need to be out under 26 to be leading Sjöström at 50m.

Near impossible.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Dana Vollmer, MN Grand Prix prelims splits.. 25.84, 32.38

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Indeed. Methinks the 32.38 is rather telling 😉 haha

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

I think she did it on purpose to test herself.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

She was out at 25.8 today, but came back in a 30.1. When she broke the WR, she was out in 26.1 and back in 29.4. There are only a handful of women in the world who would dare go out that fast because they just don’t have the front end to do it, but it’s her closing speed that is the real killer. When the piano hits the field, she can still come home under 30 when everyone else is struggling to break 31 because 25.8 is still almost 1.5 seconds behind her best 50.

Really though, we shouldn’t be surprised by anything she does anymore. I mean, she swims the 50 fly faster than the world record… Read more »

bobo gigi
4 years ago

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