LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Sjostrom Throws Down Amazing Finals Session at Mare Nostrum

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Swedish Olympic gold medalist Sarah Sjostrom for her epic second day of finals at the first Mare Nostrum Tour stop in Monaco. Sjostrom continued to add to her impressive 2017 with three wins in under an hour, all in meet record times and just off her world-leading swims from earlier this year.

Sjostrom started the evening finals session with a win in the 100 free over defending World Champion Bronte Campbell and world record-holder Cate Campbell. Sjostrom touched in 52.60, just a few hundredths off of her No. 1 time in the event for this year and just outside the top-10 performances of all time.

She followed that up with a win the 50 butterfly, diving in roughly 15 minutes later to win in 24.90, the fastest time in the world this year. She finished her session nearly 25 minutes later by winning the 50 free in 23.95, again beating out defending World Champion Bronte Campbell and missing her personal best and No. 1 time in the world by about a tenth. For good measure, Sjostrom also threw down a 56.20 100 butterfly on the first night of the competition, which is the fastest time in the world this year.

This continues Sjostrom’s incredible year of racing following the 2016 Rio Olympics. While she is choosing to forego the 200 freestyle at these upcoming World Championships, all signs indicate Sjostrom to be the favorite for gold in her four sprint events with the ability to realistically challenge the world record in any of them this summer.

Congratulations Sarah Sjostrom on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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