World Cup, Berlin: Dana Vollmer Sets Another U.S. Mark During Day Two Prelims

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BERLIN, Germany, October 30. THE second day of short course meter prelims action is complete at the World Cup stop in Berlin.

Women's 100 free
Dana Vollmer lowered another U.S. record, this time with a prelim-pacing time of 52.71. She clipped the previous U.S. record of 52.79 set by Dara Torres back in 2007 in Berlin. Vollmer, however, has been faster with an un-ratified time of 52.16 last December after USA Swimming had already put in place a domestic ban of the techsuits. Vollmer cleared Jessica Hardy's previously top-ranked time of 53.06 from the Jose Finkel Trophy Meet.

The Netherlands' Femke Heemskerk qualified second in 53.33, while Germany's Daniela Schreiber placed third in 53.56. Australia's Angie Bainbridge (53.59), Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (53.69), Germany's Britta Steffen (54.22), Australia's Sally Foster (54.48) and Canada's Chantal Vanlandeghem (54.54) also made the finale.

Men's 200 free
Germany's Ben Starke led the way with a time of 1:44.74, while Russia's Mikhail Polishchuk took second in 1:44.97. Germany's Paul Biedermann (1:45.10) and Russia's Artem Lobuzov (1:45.21) placed third and fourth.

Germany's Markus Deibler (1:45.41), Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski (1:46.03), Germany's Stefan Herbst (1:46.33) and The Netherlands' Stefan De Die (1:47.00) made up the rest of the top eight.

Women's 50 breast
Russia's Yuliya Efimova raced to a 30.32 for the top prelim time in the sprint breast, moving to third in the world rankings. Germany's Dorothea Brandt touched second in 30.85, while Sweden's Jennie Johansson placed third in 30.99 to make up the sub-31 times.

Australia's Sally Foster (31.00), Sweden's Joline Hostmann (31.03), Germany's Caroline Ruhnau (31.42), Switzerland's Stephanie Spahn (31.45) and Norway's Katharina Stiberg (31.80) rounded out the championship field.

Men's 100 breast
Four swimmers cleared 1:00 in qualifying: Russia's Aleksander Triznov (59.14), Brazil's Felipe Lima (59.36), Russia's Stanislav Lakhtyukhov (59.40) and Norway's Alexander Dale Oen (59.66).

Germany's Erik Steinhagen (1:00.21), Czech's Petr Bartunek (1:00.67), Germany's Johannes Neumann (1:00.74) and Germany's Hendrik Feldwehr (1:01.08) also checked in with championship spots.

Men's 100 fly
South Africa's Lyndon Ferns edged Russia's Vladislav Seryy, 51.94 to 51.98, for the top seed. Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin (52.30) and Poland's Konrad Czerniak (52.41) placed third and fourth.

Germany's Steffen Deibler (52.53), Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov (52.60), The Netherlands' Joeri Verlinden (52.75) and Brazil's Frederico Castro (53.19) earned the rest of the transfer spots into the finale.

Women's 100 back
The Netherlands' Femke Heemskerk continued her strong meet with a top-seeded 58.05. Australia's Belinda Hocking touched second in 58.29, while Ukraine's Daryna Zevina took third in 58.86.

Canada's Chantal Vanlandeghem (59.50), Japan's Maria Kamimura (59.64), Russia's Mariya Gromova (59.65), Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry (59.66) and Norway's Ingvild Snildal (59.76) completed the top eight.

Men's 50 back
Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin picked up the top seed in 23.86, while USA's Randall Bal (24.42) and Peter Marshall (24.56) finished second and third.

France's Camille Lacourt (24.58), Russia's Artem Dubovskoy (24.60), Norway's Lavrans Solli (24.67), Germany's Christian Diener (24.68) and Colombia's Omar Pinzon (24.69) comprised the rest of the championship finale.

Women's 200 fly
Sweden's Martina Granstrom (2:08.65) paced prelims with the top time. USA's Jasmine Tosky (2:09.28) and Elaine Breeden (2:09.81) will bracket her during finals.

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (2:10.33), South Africa's Mandy Loots (2:10.59), Germany's Zita Grunzke (2:11.38), Germany's Lena Kalla (2:11.91) and Germany's Jasmin Rosenberger (2:12.60) also earned their way to the finale.

Men's 200 IM
Japan's Daiya Seto led the way with a 1:57.22, while South Africa's Darian Townsend placed just behind in 1:57.83. Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:58.40) and Sweden's Simon Sjodin (1:58.44) took third and fourth.

Brazil's Thiago Pereira (1:58.48), Germany's Markus Deibler (1:58.77), Poland's Lukasz Wojt (1:59.01) and Barbados' Bradley Ally (1:59.21) finished fifth through eighth.

Women's 400 free
Hungary's Agnes Mutina posted a top time of 4:08.25, while The Netherlands' Rieneke Terink finished second in 4:08.38. Chile's Kristel Kobrich placed third in 4:08.86.

USA's Catherine Breed (4:09.04), Australia's Angie Bainbridge (4:09.35), Germany's Sarah Kohler (4:10.42), Australia's Merindah Dingjan (4:10.52) and Norway's Cecilie Johannessen (4:11.49) also made the finale.

Men's 50 free
Russia's Sergey Fesikov (21.53) and Sweden's Stefan Nystrand (21.63) clocked the top two times of the splash-and-dash qualifying. South Africa's Roland Schoeman (21.74), Germany's Steffen Deibler (21.82) and France's Fabien Gilot (21.83) took third through fifth.

Australia's Matthew Abood (21.84), Russia's Vitaly Syrnikov (22.04) and USA's William Copeland (22.06) earned the last three spots in finals.

Women's 200 breast
Australia's Sally Foster cruised to the top seed in 2:22.35, while Sweden's Joline Hostmann earned second on 2:24.51. Russia's Anastasia Chaun (2:24.77) and Japan's Kanako Watanabe (2:26.13) touched third and fourth.

Japan's Mio Motegi (2:26.34), Russia's Yuliya Efimova (2:26.35), Japan's Keiko Fukudome (2:26.53) and Germany's Caroline Ruhnau (2:27.66) made up the rest of finals.

Women's 100 IM
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom topped prelims in 1:00.50 with USA's Julia Smit taking second in 1:00.99. The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder (1:01.23) and Germany's Theresa Michalak (1:01.42) will bracket those two in the finale.

Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto (1:01.72), Norway's Ingvild Snildal (1:02.21), Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos (1:02.29) and Germany's Silke Lippok (1:02.37) also picked up spots in the finale.

Men's 200 back
Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin led the way with a 1:53.86, while Poland's Radoslaw Kawecki (1:54.27) and Colombia's Omar Pinzon (1:54.50) finished second and third.

South Africa's George Du Rand (1:55.10), Russia's Artem Dubovskoy (1:55.74), Japan's Kuninori Tada (1:56.09), USA's David Russell (1:56.35) and Germany's Jan-Philip Glania (1:56.42) grabbed the other lanes in the championship heat.

Women's 50 fly
Dana Vollmer nearly capped prelims with another U.S. mark. This time, she clocked a 25.76, just short of Rachel Komisarz's record of 25.70 from 2008. Sweden's Therese Alshammar took second in 25.94, while The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder (26.55) and Norway's Ingvild Snildal (26.71) picked up third and fourth.

Japan's Rino Hosoda (26.78), Germany's Lisa Vitting (26.90), Switzerland's Melanie Schweiger (26.91) and Norway's Katharina Stiberg (26.91) also made the top eight.

Day Two Prelims Results

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