Danielle Villars Closes Swiss Championships With 10 Medals, Seven Gold

Photo Courtesy: Swiss Swimming

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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