Ten National Marks Fall at Spanish Nationals -- December 24, 2000
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, Dec. 24. TEN national records fell at the recently concluded Spanish National Short Course Championships, held in Palma de Mallorca, site of the 1995 World Short Course Championships. Six records were set by women, four by men.
Mireia Garcia, 19, brought Spain's national record in the women's 100 meter butterfly below the one-minute barrier, when she clocked a solid 59.80. Blanca Ceron flew to a 27.83 time to win the 50m fly in record time.
Nina Zhivanevskaya, 23, the former Russian who became a Spanish citizen, lowered her own national standard in the 100m backstroke, hitting the pads in 59.64.
Another 23 year-old, Ana Belen Palomo, sprinted the 50m free in 25.33 to establish a new national record.
Laura Roca, 20, boosted herself into the world's elite when she clocked a 1:58.76 for the 200m freestyle, another national mark.
Sixteen year-old Anna Ham-Man set the sixth women's record, swimiing the 200m breaststroke in 2:28.11.
The men's records also were very fast. Eduardo Lorente, 23, sprinted the 50m free in 21.86, lowering the national mark under 22 seconds.
Veteran Frederik Hviid, 26, split a record 7:51.40 for 800 meters free, on his way to victory in the 1500.
From now on, Jorge Ulibarri will be a name to contend with in international competition in the butterfly. The 25 year-old flew through 100 meters in 52.38 seconds, establishing a Spanish record.
Finally, 19 year-old Brenton Cabello, wrote his name in the record book and established his international credentials with a blistering 1:59.09 for the 200m individual medley.