AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 18. MARLEEN Veldhuis gave another record a go at the Amsterdam Swim Cup, but had to settle for The Netherlands standard in the women's 100 free.
After nearly eclipsing the world record in the women's 100 fly with a 56.69 earlier in the meet, Veldhuis put together a swift 53.17 in the women's 100 free tonight. That effort beat her 2007 national record of 53.58, but missed Libby Trickett's world record of 52.88 and Britta Steffen's European standard of 53.05.
Femke Heemskerk posted a quick time of 54.14 for second, while Ranomi Kromowidjojo took third in 54.26. Inge Dekker also cleared 55 seconds with a fourth-place 54.61.
Sweden's Stefan Nystrand began the night with a sterling time of 21.98 in the men's 50 free. He rattled his national record of 21.71, but could not find that extra bit of energy to break it. Compatriot Petter Stymne finished second in 22.39, while Apostolos Tsagkarakis placed third in 22.54.
Sweden kept the gold heading toward its country in the women's 200 fly with Petra Granlund topping the event in 2:10.97. American Kim Vandenberg placed a close second in 2:11.24, while Lenneke van Schaik took third in 2:15.62.
Joeri Verlinden broke one of the longest standing Netherlands records in the books with a time of 1:57.45 in the men's 200 fly. That effort wiped out the 1:58.43 set by Stefan Aartsen back in 1997. Sweden's Simon Sjodin finished second in 1:58.62, while Jurjen Willemsen touched third in 2:03.55.
Sharon van Rouwendaal cruised in the women's 800 free with a winning time of 8:41.51. Katharina David finished second in 8:58.56, while Marieke Nijhuis wound up third in 9:00.61.
Nick Driebergen lowered his Netherlands record in the men's 50 back during finals with a time of 25.29. He clocked a 25.58 during prelims, which lowered his March 2008 record of 25.62. Dominik Keil snared second in 25.87, while Bastiaan Lijesen earned third in 26.15.
Lona Kroese walked away with the women's 200 IM title in 2:16.91, while Sweden's Ida Sandin took second in 2:18.28. Joelle Scheps placed third in 2:21.86.
In the men's 400 free, Arjen van der Meulen snatched the crown in 3:49.83. Sebastiaan Vershuren claimed second in 3:51.77, while Linus Junefelt of Sweden touched third in 4:03.22.
Slovenia's Matjaz Markic won the men's 50 breast in 27.52 after dropping his Slovenia record with a 27.40 during prelims. Robin van Aggele lowered his Netherlands record of 27.58 set during prelims with a second-place 27.53 during the evening session. Lennart Stekelenburg finished third in 27.87.