GENEVA, Switzerland, April 6. DAMIEN Courtois finished the Swiss Championships held in Geneva in style as he lowered his own national record in the men's 100 fly.
Courtois became the first Swiss man to break the 54-second barrier in the men's 100 fly when he lowered his own national record with a winning effort of 53.89. That readout eclipsed his previous standard of 54.44 set at last year's World Championships held in Melbourne.
A few close calls also shined during the final day of swimming. Dominik Meichtry took a run at Karel Novy's national record in the 50 free with a time of 22.83. Novy's time of 22.51 from 2004 held up. Flori Lang pushed Meichtry the entire way with a second-place 22.96.
Marina Ribi took aim at Celine Baillod's women's 200 IM record of 2:20.44 set last year, but came up short with a time of 2:20.95.
Martina van Berkel surfaced from a close contest with Maria Ugolkova, 1:03.26 to 1:03.41, in the women's 100 fly, while Seraina Pruente had a fight on her hands in the women's 50 free as she downed Dominique Diezi, 26.47 to 26.53.
Stephan Bachmann was the only other individual winner with a 2:04.47 in the men's 200 IM.
In relay action, the team of Lang, Rene Kolonko, Meichtry and Novy won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:46.02. Megan Faye Connor, Carmela Schlegel, Senata Wagner and Diezi took the women's title in 4:21.78.
According to Swiss Swimming, the final Olympic team for the nation is comprised as follows:
Flavia Rigamonti – 400 free, 800 free
Dominik Meichtry – 100 free, 200 free
Jonathan Massacand – 100 back, 200 back
Men's 400 free relay – Meichtry, Karel Novy, Flori Lang, Adrien Perez