VALBY, Sweden, January 29. THE Swedish Junior Short Course Championships produced a pair of Swedish national records from Swimming World Magazine February cover girl Sarah Sjostrom en route to five victories. Oscar Ekstrom, meanwhile, won five titles of his own.
Sjostrom ripped off a 2:08.17 to set the Swedish record in the women's 200 IM. That performance wiped out Stina Gardell's 2:08.99 set back in 2009. She downed her second Swedish record of the meet with a 52.15 in the women's 100 free. That outing clipped Therese Alshammar's 2000 standard of 52.17, and moved Sjostrom to 11th all time in the event's history. She now trails Missy Franklin (52.09) for 10th.
Sjostrom added the women's 50 breast title with a 31.54, and took home her fourth title of the meet with a 56.70 in the women's 100 fly on the final day of competition, before snatching her fifth victory with a scorching 23.82 in the women's 50 free.
Ekstrom claimed the men's 100 fly crown in 53.73. He won his second title of the meet with a 22.63 in the men's 50 free. Ekstrom collected a title trifecta with a 49.24 in the men's 100 free. He claimed his fourth win when he clocked a 1:48.65 in the men's 200 free, while his fifth triumph occurred with a 24.82 in the men's 50 fly.
Kristian Kron clocked a 1:56.02 to claim the men's 200 back. His second title came with a 54.36 to win the men's 100 back. He earned his third title of the meet with a 4:16.05 in the men's 400 IM.
Louise Hansson posted a 1:01.71 to win the women's 100 IM. She doubled up with a 25.95 in the women's 50 fly. Meanwhile, Erik Persson posted a 2:13.49 to win the men's 200 breast. He doubled with a 2:00.25 to earn the men's 200 IM title.
Johannes Skagius picked up the men's 100 breast title in 1:00.99, then picked up his second victory with a 28.27 in the men's 50 breast. Additionally, Celine Bertrand won the women's 200 free in 1:59.03. Her second title came by way of a 4:43.79 in the women's 400 IM.
Elin Martensson won the women's 200 breast in 2:24.70. She doubled with a 1:08.63 to win the women's 100 breast. Moreover, Rebecka Ekelund earned the women's 800 free in 8:42.56. Ekelund continued her distance mastery with a 4:11.46 to claim the women's 400 free crown.
Miranda Bannsgard placed first in the women's 200 fly with a 2:14.35, while Josefin Eriksen claimed the women's 100 back in 1:01.50. Ida Lindborg won the women's 200 back in 2:09.26, while Michelle Coleman claimed the women's 50 back title in 27.46.
Adam Paulsson captured the men's 1500 free in 15:29.68, while Gustav Aberg Lindstrom earned the men's 50 back title in 25.62. Alexander Linge won the men's 200 fly in 1:59.79, while Anton Andersson topped the men's 100 IM in 55.83. Mats Westergren earned the men's 400 free in 3:52.68.