Minggu, 05 Februari 2012

Swedish Grand Prix, Uppsala: Sarah Sjostrom Keeps Rolling; Posts Top-Ranked 100 Fly

ON a career streak of consistently strong swims, Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom continued on that path with a pair of sterling in-season swims during day one of the Swedish Grand Prix in Uppsala. The meet is taking place in long course meter format.
A day after Camille Muffat tossed a 1:56.57 into the women's 200 free world rankings for second behind Allison Schmitt's top-ranked 1:55.83 from the Austin Grand Prix,Swimming World Magazine February cover personality Sjostrom matched Muffat with a 1:56.57 of her own. That swim just missed Sjostrom's Swedish record of 1:56.41 set last summer. Michelle Coleman took second in 2:00.21, while Nathalie Lindborg earned third in 2:02.26.
Sjostrom then doubled with a top-ranked time of 57.91 in the women's 100 fly. That swim eclipsed Ellen Gandy's 57.96 for the top time in the early world rankings. Martina Granstrom finished second in 58.70, while Amit Ivri earned third in 58.81 – both among the top 10 in the rankings. Granstrom returned in the women's 200 IM with a 2:15.17 for the victory. Sara Thyden (2:19.12) and Celine Bertrand (2:24.33) took second and third. 
Jennie Johansson scorched the women's 200 breast with a 1:07.86. That effort pushed her to third in the early world rankings behind Rebecca Soni (1:06.88) and Ruta Meilutyte (1:07.72). Joline Hostman, who owns the Swedish record with a 1:07.21 from 2009, placed second in 1:09.30. Elin Martensson picked up third in 1:11.81.
Jonatan Kopelev (54.54) moved into the top 10 in the men's 100 back with his win, while Israeli teammate Yahov Toumarkin jumped into the top 15 with a second-placed 54.91. Mattias Carlsson placed third in 57.08.
Lars Frolander, still trucking at 37 years old, won the men's 50 fly in 24.20 to move into the early top 10. Alon Mandel finished second in 24.40, while Sebastian Holmberg picked up third in 25.27. Stefan Nystrand claimed the men's 100 free in 51.02, while Robin Andreasson finished second in 51.68. Johan Bengtsson earned third in 52.40.
Jakob Dorch won the men's 50 breast in 29.18, while Imri Ganiel took second in 29.23. Yahav Shahaff rounded out the top three in 29.59. Gal Nevo topped the men's 400 IM in 4:28.38. Linus Kanth (4:37.74) and Anton Bjorck-Teuscher (4:48.96) finished second and third.
Linnea Olsson claimed the women's 50 back in 29.92. Ida Lindborg (30.05) and Jessica Allberg (30.48) completed the podium. Simon Sjodin snared the men's 200 fly in 2:00.42. Viktor Bjork took a distant second in 2:07.39, while Adam Ackerstierna touched third in 2:09.23.
Damien Cattin-Vidal cruised in the men's 400 free with a 4:01.18. Anton Lundin (4:10.68) and Tim Arnesen (4:15.12) finished second and third. Nathalie Lindborg clinched the women's 50 free in 25.97. Clarie Vilshed and Henriette Brekke tied for second with matching 26.00s.
Imri Ganiel touched out teammate Gal Nevo, 2:18.63 to 2:18.75, for the men's 200 breast. Andreas Furst took third in 2:22.05. Josefine Hippi claimed the women's 800 free in 9:17.45. Erica Sjoholm (9:20.61) and Amina Gummesson (9:31.32) took second and third.
Ida Lindborg closed the first night of finals with a 2:19.90 to win the women's 200 back. Linnea Olsson finished second in 2:20.01, while Linda Eriksson took third in 2:21.75 (swimmingworld)

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