Jennie Johansson
Courtesy of: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
HALMSTAD, Sweden, July 4. IN two days of competition thus far in Halmstad, Jennie Johansson clipped her Swedish record in the sprint breast, while Sarah Sjostrom and Mattias Carlson are off to strong starts.

Jennie Johansson jumped to fifth in the world rankings with a Swedish record in the women's 50-meter breaststroke on day two. Johansson touched in 30.61 to surpass her previous mark of 30.65 from last summer. She now trails only Ruta Meilutyte (29.96), Jessica Hardy (30.24), Breeja Larson (30.40) and Yuliya Efimova (30.56) in the rankings. Rebecca Ejdervik dropped a 31.68 for second, while Jessica Billquist placed third in 32.03.

Sarah Sjostrom, who already had a 1:56.55 to rank fifth in the world this year, dominated the women's 200-meter free with a time of 1:57.42.Louise Hansson claimed second in 1:58.93, while Henriette Stenkvist touched third in 2:03.41. Sjostrom won her second race in as many days with a 57.87 in the women's 100-meter fly. She's already tied for fourth in the world with a 57.63 from the Mare Nostrum circuit. Louise Hansson (59.27) and Martina Granstrom (59.43) finished second and third.


Mattias Carlson set a meet record in the men's 100-meter back with a 55.62. That swim eclipsed the 55.67 set by Pontus Renholm back in 2008. Pontus Palmqvist placed second in 57.86, while Axel Pettersson picked up third in 57.98.

On day one, Simon Sjodin took home the men's 200-meter fly title in 1:59.18, while Jesper Birch (2:01.59) and Simon Frank (2:04.23) rounded out the top three. Oscar Ekstrom then won the men's 100-meter free in 51.20. Mattias Carlsson (51.27) and Robin Andreasson (51.31) placed second and third.

Magdalena Kuras touched out Michelle Coleman, 29.50 to 29.53, in the women's 50-meter back with Ida Lindborg finishing third in 29.91. Erik Persson followed in the men's 200-meter breast with a 2:16.29. Linus Karth (2:18.46) and Andreas Furst (2:18.94) had a battle for second with Karth taking silver. Joline Hostman clinched the women's 200-meter breast title in 2:26.81. Sara Thyden finished a distant second in 2:31.30, while Jessica Billquist placed third in 2:33.64.

Oskar Hedstrund hit the wall in 16:01.55 for the men's 1500-meter free title. Christopher Jedel (16:03.03) and Anton Bjorck-Teuscher (16:26.52) picked up second and third in the timed final event.

Sandra Hastrom led off day two with a 2:16.90 to win the women's 200-meter back, while Stenkvist took second in 2:17.11 and Sofia Svensson wound up third in 2:17.56. Kristian Kron followed with a 4:25.89 to win the men's 400-meter IM. Simon Frank (4:28.06) and Linus Kanth (4:29.03) rounded out the top three.

Henrik Lindau raced to a 24.34 to win the men's 50-meter fly. Lars Frolander, the Swedish record holder with a 23.56 from 2008, touched second in 24.41 as he continues to amaze nearing his 40s. David Larsson finished third in 24.60.

Martina Granstrom topped the women's 800-meter free in 8:57.10 with Josefine Hippi claiming second in 8:59.32. Alba Fores pocketed third-place honors in 9:06.27.



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