Finnish Swimmer
Courtesy of: Finnish Swimming Federation
JYVASKYLA, Finland, July 5. THE legendary Finnish swimmer Hanna-Maria Seppala put on a show during night two of the Finnish Swimming Nationals.

Seppala proved just how much she is in her own stratosphere in Finnish swimming tonight. Yes, her 29.60 to win the women's 50-meter fly is still just more than a second off her national record. But, it is how the holder of more than 100 Finish national records did it this evening that tells the tale.

Grand Canyon head coach Steve Schaffer, who is with Eetu Karvonen in Jyvaskyla, told Swimming World that not only did Seppala have a full workout this morning before prelims, she elected to go for a run after prelims just to get in some more work. It's stunning the amount of power Seppala still managed to produce after that morning. Mimosa Jallow (29.73) and Anni Alitalo (29.80) placed second and third in the sprint fly tonight.

The nearly 7-foot tall Ari-Pekka Liukkonen sprinted his way to victory in the men's 100-meter free with a 50.78. While those in the United States typically stand in awe of Matt Grevers' 6-8 frame, Liukkonen is a giant with an official 6-10 measurement. Severi Allonen placed second in 51.63, while Anton Herrala finished third in 51.89.

Jenna Laukkanen gave her Finnish record a run in the women's 100-meter breast. She clocked a 1:09.52, just missing her 1:09.39 from 2011. Silja Kansakoski placed second in 1:10.90, while Noora Laukkanen earned third in 1:01.91.

Valtteri Halonen dominated the men's 200-meter backstroke event with a 2:05.70, while Sergei Haukka touched second in 2:07.77. Heikki Luukko nabbed third in 2:09.05. Laura Lajunen followed with a 4:24.58 to win the women's 400-meter free. Eveliina Pihkamaki placed second in 4:29.12, while Tiina Lindgren pocketed third in 4:32.21.

Aleksi Eskelinen raced to victory in the men's 800-meter free with an 8:30.41, while Roope Lehtonen (8:#5.29) and Timo Lopperi (8:43.44) rounded out the top three. Petra Soininen then crushed the women's 200-meter fly in 2:19.23. Nea Norismaa wound up second in 2:24.35, while Tiia Turunen earned third in 2:26.10.

Sami Juopperi captured the men's 200-meter IM crown in 2:03.43, while Sami Myren wound up second in 2:05.42. Teemu Vuorela took third in 2:06.22. Riku Poytakivi snared the men's 50-meter fly with a 24.36, while Jere Hard (24.44) and Mika Sola (25.00) earned second and third.

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