CASTELLON, Spain, November 29. THE second short course timed final session at the Spanish Open Championships featured two more individual meet records a few hours after Mireia Belmonte Garcia smoked the women’s 1500 freestyle world record during session one.
Melanie Costa Schmid, who has had a strong short course season thus far earning $14,000 on the FINA World Cup circuit, won the women’s 200 free during the night session with a 1:54.52. That’s two seconds off her season best fifth-ranked 1:52.52 from the Berlin World Cup stop. Beatriz Gomez Cortes took second in 1:56.37, while Lidon Munoz Del Campo claimed third in 1:57.41.
Poland’s Konrad Czerniak, taking part in these open championships, clipped the meet record in the men’s 100 fly with a 51.26. That swim downed the previous mark of 51.39 set by Carlos Rivas back in 2009. Miguel Ozeki clinched second in 52.13, while Marcos Soto took third in 53.24.
Marc Sanchez Torrens put up the second meet record of the session with a 14:40.96 to win the men’s 1500 free. That swim jumped him to ninth in the world rankings, and beat Frederik Kohler’s 14-year-old record of 14:48.14 from back in 1999. Miguel Angel Lopez took second in 15:00.43, while Antonio Perez placed third in 15:05.71.
Judit Sorribes topped the women’s 100 fly in 59.20, a half-a-second off her Spanish and meet record of 58.62 set a year ago in Palma de Mallorca. Katherine Mills took second in 1:00.28, while Carla Casajus finished third in 1:00.41.
In the sprint breaststroke events, Andres Martin raced his way to a 27.25 to win the men’s 50 breast title. BK Ozeki finished second in 27.83, while Adzubenam Cabrera put up a 27.86 for third. Evelyn Perez and Concepcion Diaz followed with a matching 31.65s to win the women’s 50 breast. Jessica Montero placed third in 31.73.