Emma Igelstrom, Lars Frolander Named Sweden’s Swimmers of the Year

By Bo Hulten

STOCKHOLM, December 22. EMMA Igelstrom and Lars Frolander were named Sweden's female and male Swimmers of the Year for 2002 last night.

Igelstrom set short course world records in the 50 meters (29.96) and 100m breaststroke (1:05.38) and a European record in the 200 meters at 2:19.85. Only China's Qi Hui has swum a faster 200.

Highlighting a fabulous year, Igelstrom won gold in the 50 and 100m breast at the European Championships
breast, EuroRec 200 breast, Euro-Champs 50-100 breast, and also took gold in the same events at the World Short Course Championships.

Lars Frolander, the 2000 Olympic champ in the 100m fly, is still the top male swimmer in Sweden.

Other awards:
2002 Female Junior Swimmer: Ida Mattsson (National champion in the 200-400 free, relay medal in Euro-Champs)

2002 Male Junior Swimmer: Joakim Nielsen
(Two medals in breaststroke at the European Junior Champs; Set National Junior Rec. 50-100 breast, sc/lc)

2002 Coach of the Year: Martina Aronsson
(Coach of Emma Igelström in their club Spårvägens SF)

2002 Event-club: Malmö KappsimningsKlubb for the 2002 Sc Junior Champs

2002 Surprise of the year: Lena Hallander (Silver medalist 50m fly at the Euro SC Champs in Riesa)

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