Finnish Swimmer
Courtesy of: Finnish Swimming Federation
JYVASKYLA, Finland, July 4. HANNA-Maria Seppala kept on rolling in one of the most amazing swimming careers one could ask for, as she took home a pair of medals on night one of Finnish Nationals.

Hanna-Maria Seppala raced to the women's 100-meter free in 55.26, while Linda Laihorinne finished second in 56.67. Lotta Nevalainen wound up third in 56.83. Emilia Pikkarainen snared the women's 50-meter fly title in 27.52, while Laura Kurki touched second in 27.99. Seppala had her second podium of the night with a 28.02 in the sprint fly.

Seppala continues to have a remarkably lengthy and consistent career. After first winning a world title 10 years ago with a victory in the 100-meter free in Barcelona, a decade later she's looking to try to pull it off again in Spain. Seppala is a living legend in Finland where she made the national junior team at 10, and has broken more than 100 Finnish national records in her career.


Eetu Karvonen touched out Matti Mattsson, 1:02.35 to 1:02.36, in an incredibly exciting men's 100-meter breaststroke finale. Sami Myren raced to third in 1:02.94. Karvonen, who trains with Steve Schaffer at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., continues to improve even after first taking down the Finnish record in the men's 50-meter breast with a 27.34 in 2009.

Vilma Ruotsalainen dominated the women's 200-meter backstroke finale in 2:17.74, while Anu Bergstrom touched a distant second in 2:21.76. Noora Kivioja pocketed third-place honors in 2:22.37.

Eetu Piiroinen took home the men's 400-meter freestyle title in 3:58.18, while Sami Juopperi placed second in 3:59.21. Aleksi Eskelinen posted a third-place 4:02.69 to round out the podium.

Laura Lajunen stopped the clock in 9:06.34 to win the women's 800-meter free, while Anniina Ala-Seppala turned in a second-place time of 9:16.08. Noora Laukkanen wrapped up the top three with a 9:18.91.

Mika Sola clinched the men's 200-meter fly title in 2:05.07, while Tony Eriksson earned second in 2:07.00. Miro Torola checked in third with a time of 2:08.77.

Fanny Teijonsalo rolled to victory in the women's 200-meter IM with a 2:17.76. Jenna Laukkanen (2:20.73) and Janna Ovaska (2:23.74) comprised the rest of the podium placers.

Sergei Haukka hit the wall in 26.68 to win the men's 50-meter backstroke. Martin Kartau (26.79) and Janne Markkanen (27.03) finished second and third in the finale.