UPPSALA, Sweden, January 25. THE Swedish Grand Prix stop in Uppsala got underway today with Therese Svendsen earning a backstroke double with wins in the 50 back and 200 back.
Svendsen dominated the women’s 50-meter backstroke by more than half-a-second with a 30.05 for the win. Lovisa Klaren placed second in 30.65, while Marlene Pavlu Lewin claimed third in 31.05. Svendsen, a Swedish Olympian who competed at the NCAA level for SMU from 2008-12, then wrapped up the evening with a second title as she posted a 2:16.80 to win the women’s 200-meter backstroke. Sandra Hafstrom placed second in 2:20.92, while Pavlu Lewin earned third in 2:22.55.
Jesper Bjork won the men’s 200-meter fly in 2:06.89 with plenty of open water between himself and the field. Jesper Svensson took a distant second in 2:11.73, whlie Joachim Bratt placed third in 2:13.61.
Mattias Carlsson captured the men’s 100-meter free title in 52.25, while Isak Eliasson took second in 52.43. Daniel Forndal posted a 52.72 to take third overall, before Louise Hjalmarsson his the wall in 2:06.11 to win the women’s 200-meter freestyle. Nadja Salomonsson claimed second in 2:06.44 with Agnes Wiiand clocking a 2:09.09 for third.
Niklas Tour earned the men’s 50-meter breaststroke title in 28.87 with Gulliver Koch placing second in 29.61. Andreas Elofsson wound up third in 29.73. Jessica Billquist then won the women’s 100-meter breast in 1:11.20 with Mari Louise Tran claiming second in 1:11.44. Klara Thormalm finished third in 1:13.32.
Linus Kanth raced his way to a 4:33.90 touchout triumph in the men’s 400-meter IM with Adam Paulsson just missing a huge comeback with a second-place 4:33.95. Paulsson had trailed by more than three seconds after the breaststroke leg, and nearly made up the gap. Fredrich Risebrandt took third in 4:38.70.
Agnes Wiiand picked up her second podium of the night with a 1:02.24 to win the women’s 100-meter fly, while Josefin Lindkvist earned second in 1:02.55. Dublin’s Shauna O’Brien, one of the meet visitors from Dublin Swim, took third in 1:03.07. Axel Pettersson tracked down the men’s 100-meter backstroke titl in 56.51 with Mattias Carlsson nearly nabbing his second win with a 57.12. Pontus Palmqvist placed third in 58.12.
Dublin’s Shani Stallard topped the women’s 200-meter IM in 2:21.52, while Jaqueline Hippi picked up second in 2:23.56. Miranda Bannsgard wound up third in 2:25.93. Adam Paulsson stopped the clock in 4:02.35 to win the men’s 400-meter free by a wide margin. Gustaf Dahlman claimed second in 4:08.35 with Victor Johansson hitting the wall in 4:09.05 for third.
Josefin Lindkvist took down her second podium with a 26.38 to win the women’s 50-meter free. Liz Hansson earned second in 26.69, while Nadja Salomonsson pocketed third in 26.86. Erik Persson followed with a 2:17.98 to win the men’s 200-meter breast. Gulliver Koch (2:20.97) and Linus Kanth (2:23.44) rounded out the podium.
Erica Dahlgren blasted the field in the women’s 800-meter free with a 9:05.61, while Benita Haikola took second in 9:19.15. Louise Hjalmarsson earned third in 9:26.10. Niklas Borin then touched out Jesper Jonsson, 25.45 to 25.49, for the men’s 50-meter fly title. Fredrich Risebrandt placed third in 25.50 in what proved to be a close top three.