Stina Gardell
Courtesy of: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
HALMSTAD, Sweden, July 7. THE Swedish Nationals closes on a strong point with several meet records falling by the wayside.

Simon Sjodin smashed the meet record in the men's 200-meter IM, missing his Swedish record by a second with a winning time of 2:00.47. That performance demolished the 2:02.19 meet mark he set in 2009, but came up a bit short of his Swedish record of 1:59.16 from earlier this summer. Simon Frank finished second in 2:05.18, while Linus Kanth wound up third in 2:05.80.

Sarah Sjostrom took home the women's 100-meter freestyle with a time of 54.02, downing the meet standard. The swim bettered her 54.43 from 2011, but came up short of her fourth-ranked season-best of 53.66 from The Netherlands Cup. Michelle Coleman took second in 54.57, while Louise Hansson placed third in 55.33.


Stina Gardell knocked down a meet record that stood for more than a decade in the women's 200-meter IM with a time of 2:13.42. That swim eclipsed the 2:14.79 set by Emma Igelstrom back in 2002, and is only a second off Gardell's national standard of 2:12.29 from last year. Joline Hostman placed second in 2:17.64, while Shannyn Hultin finished third in 2:18.27.

Martina Granstrom dominated the women's 200-meter fly with a time of 2:10.13, while Rebecka Palm touched second in 2:16.35. Agnes Wiiand placed third in 2:17.15. Granstrom completed a difficult double with a win in the women's 1500-meter free by way of a 17:16.01. Josefine Hippi (17:23.29) and Erica Dahlgren (17:30.88) took second and third in the metric mile.

Mattias Carlsson captured the men's 200-meter free in 1:52.24, while Jesper Jonsson (1:52.86) and Christoffer Carlsen (1:52.89) rounded out the top three. Andreas Furst prevailed in the men's 100-meter breast with a 1:03.01, while Niklas Tour finished second in 1:03.32. Jacob Zeidler raced to third in 1:04.53.