ZURICH, Switzerland, March 15. THE first day of the Swiss nationals, also serving as a selection meet for the European championships and Olympic Games, featured a national record and an appearance by Olympian (and newly engaged) Dominik Meichtry.
Yannick Kaser broke the Swiss national record in the men's 200 breast with a 2:12.99. The time shattered his former record of 2:14.64, set in 2009, puts him 16th in the 2012 world rankings, and gives him an automatic Olympic berth in the event. The FINA A standard in the event sits at 2:13.87. Second place went to Colin Bridier with a 2:16.11, and Kilian Bossard was third with a 2:17.91.
Meichtry, a finalist in the 200 freestyle at the 2008 Olympics, recently asked longtime girlfriend Jessica Hardy to marry him, and with her acceptance of the proposal, now prepares to represent Switzerland at the Olympics. He won the men's 400 free with a 3:51.07. Well back in second was David Karasek with a 3:54.63, and Jovan Mitrovic was third with a 3:56.88.
Julia Hassler won the women's 400 free with a 4:15.23. Second went to Stefanie Eisenring with a 4:17.62, and Annick von Westendorp took third with a 4:22.65.
Nico van Duijn won the men's 50 fly in 24.59. Daniel Rast finished second with a 25.12, and Christian Schneiter was third with a 25.30.
Maria Ugolkova won the women's 50 fly sprint with a 27.42, with Danielle Villars just behind in second with a 27.54. Melanie Schweiger was third with a 27.88.
Jonathan Massacand took the men's 100 back in 55.80. Flori Lang was second in 56.11, while Lukas Rauftlin was third with a 56.81.
Ivana Gabrilo won the women's 100 back with a 1:03.87, with Laetitia Perez finishing second with a 1:04.55. Third place went to Danielle Sims with a 1:05.88.
Jennifer Bovay was the winner of the women's 200 breast with a 2:35.17. Stefanie Senn placed second with a 2:36.78 and Stephanie Spahn took third with a 2:37.08.