EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, April 7. THE Eindhoven Swim Cup concluded with a bang as the women's 100-meter freestyle featured one of the most loaded heats in the world this year.
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom pulled off a bit of an upset in the women's 100-meter free with a time of 53.66. That swim cleared the times of Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk and Britta Steffen in what proved to be a stacked finale. Kromowidjojo touched second in 53.83, while Heemskerk took third in 54.02 and Steffen clocked in fourth in 54.35. Sjostrom and Kromowidjojo moved into second and third in the world this year with Cate Campbell's 53.51 from January standing atop the world leaderboard.
Georgia Davies became one of a handful of sub-1:00 performers this year with a victorious effort of 59.97 in the women's 100-meter backstroke. That puts her with the likes of Aya Terakawa (59.16), Missy Franklin (59.34), Fu Yuanhui (59.56), Emily Seebohm (59.77) and Sinead Russell (59.98) this year. Sharon van Rouwendaal placed a distant second in 1:01.78, while Kira Toussaint picked up third in 1:02.17.
Inge Dekker tracked down the women's 50-meter fly crown in a time of 26.19. That put her in the top five in the world this year with Jeanette Ottesen Gray leading the way with a 25.76 from the British International Meet in March. Jemma Lowe turned in a second-place time of 26.89, while Elinore de Jong earned third in 27.10.
Joline Hostman raced to victory in the women's 200-meter breaststroke finale with a time of 2:26.81, a second off her top time this year of 2:25.74 from the Flanders Cup in January. Hannah Miley placed second in 2:29.15, while Kerry Buchan picked up third in 2:30.51.
James Broady snagged the men's 200-meter breaststroke title in 2:13.37, while Laurent Carnol finished second in 2:14.52. Ross Murdoch rounded out the top three in 2:15.37.
Sergey Fesikov topped the men's 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.18 after leading the way in semis with a 22.15. Andrey Govorov touched second in 22.43 after posting a 22.28 in semis as well. Jasper van Mierlo raced to third in 22.55.
Dion Dreesens edged Robby Renwick in the men's 400-meter freestyle with a winning time of 3:51.83. Renwick placed second in 3:52.09, while Ferry Weertman clinched third in 3:52.27.
Bastiaan Lijesen moved into the top 10 in the world this year with a 54.04 to capture the men's 100-meter backstroke. Simon Sjodin claimed second in 55.39, while Xavier Mohammed touched third in 56.34.