Igelstrom Lowers Swedish 50 Breaststroke Mark at Nationals -- July 5, 2002
By Lennart LaFleur
LANDSKRONA. Sweden, July 5. THE sun made a dramatic, and welcome, reappearance here at Landskrona, a beach resort seaside city in southern Sweden, and swimmers at the Swedish Long Course National Championships by heating up the waters in the 50 meter pool here.
Two more Swedish records fell by the wayside, and there were some other strong performances.
Once again, breaststroker Emma Igelstrom,led the way, with two strong performances. In the prelims of the 50m breaststroke, she clocked 31.97 seconds a new national record - then proceeded to lower it in the finals to 31.41.
The ladies from Vasby SS continues to break relay records. Tonight they won the 4x100 freestyle at 3.49.08. That team was sparked by Josefin Lillhage and Malin Svahnstrom, a UCLA freshman last season. Also Malmo KK, with the Wanberg twins from SMU, were under the previous record. Lisa Wanberg had the strongest first leg, posting 56.99.
One of the most competitive events of the night was the women's 200m freestyle, where spots for the relay team at the European Championships team were at stake. The winner was Josefin Lillhage at 2:00.88, just above the national record. In second place, Ida Mattsson swam 2:01.18 breaking the Swedish junior record. Johanna Sjoberg was third at 2:01.33, while Lisa Wanberg placed fourth with 2:02.18, probably securing a spot for herself on the relay squa
In the 50m fly, short course WR-holder Anna-Karin Kammerling, won easily in 26.28 seconds, the world's fastest time this year and only one-tenth of a second off the national record held by Therese Alshammar.
Gabriella Fagundez set a new junior national record with 27.79.
Lars Frolander was challenged in the men's 50 fly, but won at 24.28.
Other national champions for the day were;
200 backstroke men - Micke Jacobsson, who was a senior at SMU last season 2:06.87
200 breaststroke men Martin Gustavsson without any competitor being close 2:16.71
1500 meter freestyle men Hannes Kohnke, who will be a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, won his first Swedish national title ever, clocking 15:54.50.
100 backstroke women Fifteen year-old junior champion Susannah Moonan won her first national title at 1:05.12, edging Camilla Johansson, 28, who swims for the Sun Devil Masters, at 1:05.63.
Lars Frolander looked good in clocking 49.80 to lead qualifiers in the 100 free. Univedrsity of Arizona sophomore-to-be, Eric LaFleur, was second in 50.86.
Results: Swedish Long Course National Championship