EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, December 4. SWEDEN's Sarah Sjostrom has been on fire of late, first downing a Swedish record in the women's 200 free a week ago, then blistering the textile best in the women's 100 free at the Dutch Open Long Course Nationals today.
Sjostrom clocked a scorching fast time of 53.05, bettering the 53.30 textile best previously posted by Britta Steffen in 2006. That swim moved Sjostrom to sixth all time in the event behind Steffen (52.07), Libby Lenton (52.62), Fran Halsall (52.87), Amanda Weir (53.02) and Cate Campbell (53.03). Incidentally, Sjostrom smashed the Swedish record of 53.58 set by Therese Alshammar at the 2009 World Championships. Sjostrom went out in 26.13, before coming home in 26.92 for the win. Ranomi Kromowidjojo placed second in 53.60 to move into a fifth-ranked tie with Femke Heemskerk, while Heemskerk took third tonight in 54.13.
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Sjostrom followed that up with a victory in the women's 50 fly in 25.94. That swim came up short of her third-ranked season best of 25.67 from Amsterdam in March. Kelly de Jong finished second in 26.74, while Vanessa Mohr earned third in 26.83.
Job Kienhuis lowered the Dutch record in the men's 1500 free with a 14:58.34. That swim bettered his previous standard of 15:05.27 set at the World Championships this summer. He vaulted into 10th in the world rankings this season with the swim. Gregorio Paltrinieri (15:16.22) and David Davies (15:24.67) placed second and third.
Hannah Miley captured the women's 400 IM title in 4:34.76, less than a second back of her third-ranked season best of 4:34.22 from Worlds. Mireia Belmonte Garcia finished second in 4:35.87, short of her sixth-ranked 4:34.91 from Spain in April, while Kathryn Meaklim took third in 4:43.74.
Camille Lacourt, who owns the top time in the world in the men's 100 back with a 52.44 from French Nationals in March, cruised to victory in a 53.71 tonight. Bastiaan Lijesen finished second in 54.15 to move to 22nd in the world rankings, while Aschwin Wildeboer Faber rounded out the top three in 54.34.
Sebastiaan Verschuren won the men's 100 free in 48.60, shy of his 11th-ranked 48.27 from Worlds. Stefan Nystrand (48.91) and Florent Manaudou (49.40) placed second and third. Duane Da Roche Marce topped the women's 100 back in 1:00.92, while Sharon van Rouwendaal touched second in 1:01.15. Karin Prinsloo clocked a third-place 1:01.73.
Hendrik Feldwehr claimed the men's 50 breast in 27.82, short of his fifth-ranked 27.34 from German Nationals in June. Giacomo Perez Dortona took second in 28.09, while Lennart Stekelenburg placed third in 28.17. Jennie Johansson, who ranks sixth in the women's 50 breast with a 30.89 from Worlds, won the sprint breast tonight in 31.12. Moniek Nijhuis (31.17) and Sycerika McMahon (31.63) completed the podium.
Sergey Fesikov won the men's 50 fly in 23.91, while Mike Cavic (23.93) and Evgeny Korotyshkin (23.95) also cleared 24 seconds to make up the top three.
The team of Dion Dreesens, Jurjen Willemsen, Joost Reijns and Arjen van der Meulen posted a 7:21.01 to win the men's 800 free relay and eclipse the Dutch record of 7:24.90 set last year in Eindhoven. Spain's Melania Costa Schmid, Patricia Castro Ortega, Erika Villaecija Garcia and Mireia Belmonte Garcia won the women's 800 free relay in 8:00.69. Meanwhile, Esmee Vermeulen, Rieneke Terink, Andrea Kneppers and Elise Bouwens finished second in 8:03.89 to down the Dutch record.