HALMSTAD, Sweden, July 1. THE third day of long course competition at the Swedish long course nationals was highlighted by a victory in the women's 50 free by national star Therese Alshammar. Reports claim the weather for the outdoor event is slightly overcast with temperatures in the low 60s Fahrenheit.
Alshammar posted a 24.59 in the sprint event, which was not too far off her fastest time of the year, a 24.47 swum at the Canet stop of the Mare Nostrum tour last month. Second place went to Sarah Sjostrom with a 25.05, and Michelle Coleman placed third with a 25.73.
The men's 200 breast started the evening's finals, with Anton Lagerqvist taking the title in 2:16.77. Erik Persson claimed silver in 2:18.44, while Johan Johansson was third in 2:18.70.
Lars Frolander, the Olympic champion in the 100 fly in 2000, won his pet event in 53.85. Simon Sjodin took second with a 54.34, and David Larsson was third in 54.91.
Sarah Thyden won the women's 200 IM with a 2:15.01, holding off a challenge by Ida Marko-Varga, who placed second in 2:15.21. Stina Gardell, a freshman at the University of Southern California, was third in 2:15.29.
Mattias Carlsson won the men's 100 backstroke with a 57.31. Kristian Kron won the silver with a 57.89, and Martin Nilsson took the bronze in 58.07.
Gabriella Faqundez won the women's 1500 freestyle in 17:24.61. Ellen Olsson took second in 17:28.71, with Josefine Hippi placing third with a 17:30.74.
The SK Neptun team of Pontus Flodgvist, Petter Stymne, Simon Sjodin and Paul Gordon won the men's 400 free relay with a time of 3:24.25. Lass was second in 3:26.37, and Taby Sim was third in 3:27.53.
Taby Swim Team's foursome of Michelle Coleman, Rebecca Ejdervik, Alshammar and Lovia Ericsson won the women's 400 medley relay with a 4:07.53. Helsingborg placed second with a 4:11.55, and Vasby SS took third with a 4:11.99.