UPPSALA, Sweden, February 12. THE Swedish Grand Prix stop taking place in Uppsala featured a trio of top five times in long course meter action during day one of swimming.
Jennie Johansson jumped to second in the early world rankings with a 1:08.37 in the women's 100 breast. That swim put her behind only Leisel Jones' 1:06.68 set in Sydney this weekend. Elin Martensson (1:11.56) and Sara Thyden (1:11.68) picked up second and third tonight.
Sarah Sjostrom topped the women's 100 fly in 58.47, moving to second in the early rankings behind only Ellen Gandy's 58.23 from earlier today in Sydney. Petra Granlund finished second in 1:00.02, while Martina Granstrom placed third in 1:00.14. Sjostrom doubled up with a win in the women's 200 free in 1:59.75, while Ida Marko-Varga placed second in 2:00.68. Granlund touched third in 2:01.13.
Marleen Veldhuis jumped to third in the world rankings with a 25.13 to win the women's 50 free. She stands behind only Aleksandra Herasimenia (25.00) and Olivia Halicek (25.04) so far this year. Ranomi Kromowidjojo touched second in 25.20 to tie Yolane Kukla for third in the rankings, while Sjostrom claimed her third podium of the night with a 25.68.
Greece's Ioannis Kalarqaris won the men's 100 free in 50.21, while Petter Stymne finished second in 50.50. Stefan Nystrand took a surprising third place in 50.63. Stymne captured the men's 50 fly in 24.87, while Jesper Jonsson took second in 25.13. Bjorn Sundin claimed third in 25.84.
Niklas Tour topped the men's 50 breast in 29.77, while Johan Johansson finished second in 29.91. Gulliver Koch rounded out the top three in 30.11. Koch turned around with a 2:21.00 to win the men's 200 breast. Robert Palosaari placed second in 2:23.39, while Andreas Furst finished third in 2:23.49.
Bastiaan Lijesen won the men's 100 back in 56.03, while Mattias Carlson took second in 56.14. Jurjen Willemsen wound up third in 57.80. Theodora Drakou captured the women's 50 back in 29.19, while Magdalena Kuras finished second in 29.63. Emma Svensson earned third in 29.71.
Simon Sjodin cruised to victory in the men's 200 fly with a 2:00.51, while Jonsson finished second in 2:05.20. Jesper Bjork snared third in 2:07.37.
Ida Sandin took home the women's 200 IM title in 2:15.05. Ida Marko-Varga wound up second in 2:17.40, while Sara Thyden placed third in 2:17.66. Ida Lindborg won the women's 200 back in 2:17.81. Eleonor Lindborg (2:20.87) and Natasha Sundin (2:23.51) snared second and third.
Robin Andreasson dominated the men's 400 free in 4:06.76. Rickard Wirzen took second in 4:12.38, while Carl Leander rounded out the top three in 4:13.39. Wirzen was one of only three swimmers competing in the men's 400 IM, and won in 4:42.06.
Gabriella Fagundez won the women's 800 free with an 8:54.95 out of just a four-swimmer field.