EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, December 2. THE Dutch Open Long Course Championships kicked off with plenty of meet records falling by the wayside.
Sergey Fesikov blasted the men's 50 free meet record with a strong 21.98. That clocking vaulted him to eighth in the world rankings after standing 15th with a 22.09 from Worlds. George Bovell and Stefan Nystrand tied for second with matching 22.24s.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo just missed her second-ranked time of 24.27 from Worlds when she hit the wall in 24.30 for the meet record. Marleen Veldhuis placed second tonight in 24.39, bettering her third-ranked season best of 22.49. Therese Alshammar holds the top swim with a 24.14 from Worlds. Sarah Sjostrom, fresh off setting a Swedish record in the 200 free last week, placed third in 24.75.
Jessica Dickons raced to victory in the women's 200 fly with a meet-record 2:07.68. That effort jumped her from 25th in the world to 12th, cutting more than a second from her 2:08.91 in August. Mireia Belmonte Garcia took second in 2:09.50, while Martina Granstrom finished third in 2:09.94.
Hannah Miley claimed the women's 200 IM title in a meet-record 2:12.18. She has a lot more in the tank as she ranks ninth in the world with a 2:10.95 from Worlds. Beatriz Gomes Cortes (2:13.97) and Kathryn Meaklim (2:14.88) finished second and third.
Melanie Costa Schmid set a meet record in the women's 400 free with a 4:08.80, while Lotte Friis took second in 4:08.87. Femke Heemskerk, typically a sprinter, showed some range with a 4:09.13 to take third. Simon Sjodin cleared the meet record in the men's 200 IM with a 2:00.22, while Xavier Mohammed (2:01.66) and Michael Meyer (2:03.70) placed second and third.
Hendrik Feldwehr downed the meet mark in the men's 100 breast with a 1:01.02. Akos Molnar (1:01.47) and Lennart Stekelenburg (1:01.71) completed the podium in the event. Moniek Nijhuis bettered the meet standard in the women's 100 breast with a 1:07.75. That swim just missed her 15th-ranked season best of 1:07.60 set at Worlds. Jennie Johansson (1:07.88) and Caroline Ruhnau (1:08.58) placed second and third. Johansson missed her top time as well, as she's posted a 17th-ranked 1:07.80.
Devon Brown won the men's 400 free in 3:51.28, while Mads Glaesner took second in 3:51.66. Gregorio Paltrinieri (3:54.27) rounded out the top three in the middle distance event. Duarte Rafael Mourao claimed the men's 200 fly in 1:59.83, while Joeri Verlinden (2:00.57) and Alon Mandel (2:01.29) touched second and third.