Danielle Villars Closes Swiss Championships With 10 Medals, Seven Gold

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 30. DANIELLE Villars completed owned the Switzerland Championships that took place in Zurich this week. She finished the four-day competition with seven golds, a silver and two bronzes for an amazing tally of 10 medals.

Villars started off her gold-medal spree with a win in the women’s 200-meter free with a 2:01.14, she then nearly cracked the top 10 in the world rankings with a 2:10.61 to win the women’s 200-meter fly. Villars won her third title with a 56.90 in the women’s 100-meter free before collecting a fourth victory by way of a 1:00.30 in the women’s 100-meter fly.

Villars was also a member of three of her Limmat Sharks winning relays. She anchored the 400 free relay win with a 55.46, as well as the 800 free relay win with a 2:01.71. She also swam the butterfly leg with a 59.06 for the Limmat Sharks

Julia Hassler touched out Danielle Villars, 4:17.57 to 4:17.58, in the women’s 400-meter free for Villars’ only silver of the meet. Villars took third in the 50-meter behind Svenja Stoffell, 26.74 to 27.55. Villars also placed third in the 50 free with a 26.60.

Meanwhile, Hassler went on to win the women’s 800-meter free in 8:50.65, and the women’s 1500-meter free in 16:42.73.

Nils Liess won the men’s 400-meter freestyle finale in 3:56.25, before doubling with a 2:01.04 to win the men’s 200-meter fly. Liess tripled with a 15:50.21 to top the men’s 1500-meter free, before putting up another gold medal performance with an 8:19.74 in the men’s 800-meter free.

Ariane Suter snagged the women’s 200-meter breast crown in 2:33.08. Suter then doubled with a 1:12.06 to win the women’s 100-meter breast. Martin Schwiezer clocked a 1:02.64 to win the men’s 100-meter breast. He then doubled with a 28.01 to win the men’s 50-meter breast.

Lukas Rauftlin picked up the men’s 100-meter back crown in 56.41. Rauftlin’s second win came by way of a 2:03.58 in the men’s 200-meter back. Martina van Berkel stopped the clock in 4:52.97 to win the women’s 400-meter IM. Van Berkel then won a second title with a 2:17.31 in the women’s 200-meter back.

Artyom Machekin clocked a 50.62 to win the men’s 100-meter free. He then swept the sprint free events with a 23.00 to win the 50. Sasha Touretski hit the wall in 29.75 to win the women’s 50-meter back. Touretski picked up a second title with a 25.63 in the 50-meter free. Maria Ugolkova touched in 1:04.51 to win the women’s 100-meter back.

Allegra Schar grabbed the women’s 50-meter breaststroke crown in 32.92. Annick van Westerndorp posted a 2:20.47 to win the women’s 200-meter IM.

Aleski Schmid snared the men’s 50-meter fly title in 25.01. Luca Pfyffer won the men’s 200-meter breast in 2:15.39.

Alex Haldemann posted a 1:51.08 to win the men’s 200-meter free. Sven Pfeuti captured the men’s 50-meter back title in 26.38.

Christoph Meier snagged the men’s 400-meter IM title in 4:26.73. Jeremy Desplanches took the men’s 200-meter IM title in 2:03.60. Aleski Schmid won the men’s 100-meer fly in 55.55.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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