MADRID, Spain, April 2. A pair of international stars did the most damage to the world rankings as open competitors at the Spanish Long Course Championships held in Madrid.
Poland's Konrad Czerniak won the men's 100 fly in a fourth-ranked time of 52.59. Rafael Munoz Perez finished second in 53.31, while Nil Vidal Vila placed third in 54.28. Kristel Kobrich of Chile posted the top women's 1500 free time in the world with a 16:02.01. Erika Villaecija Garcia (16:22.22) and Claudia Dasca Romeu (16:23.64) earned second and third.
Hector Monteaguido Espinosa snatched the men's 50 breast crown in 28.25 after moving to eighth in the world in the event with a 28.01 during semis. Henrique Barbosa touched second in 28.32, while Sergio Arias Botey took third in 28.89.
Chiara Boggiato claimed the women's 50 breast title in 32.57 after posting a 32.44 in the semifinal round. Jessica Vall Montero (32.62) and Evelyn Alvarez Perez (32.70) rounded out the podium.
Duane Da Rocha Marce led the women's 100 back semis in a meet-record time of 1:01.01. Mercedes Peris Minguet took second in 1:01.24, while Lydia Morant Varo finished third in 1:02.31.
Luca Ferretti won the men's 800 free in 8:04.32. Marco Rivera Miranda placed second in 8:08.38, while Victory Goicoechea Casanueva finished third in 8:11.07.
Juan Miguel Rando Galvez posted a 55.13 to lead the men's 100 back semis. Alvaro Vega De Pablo (56.13) and Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (56.29) qualified second and third in semis.
Maria Fuster Martinez led the way in the women's 100 free semis with a 55.93. Patricia Castro Ortega qualified second in 56.00. Eloi Saumell Montserrat posted a 50.09 to lead the men's 100 free semis with Matias Aguilera taking the second seed with a 50.20.