Stina Gardell competes in the women's 400 yard individual medley prelims during the U.S. Winter National Championships at the Texas Swimming Center.
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HALMSTAD, Sweden, July 5. NIGHT three of the Swedish Nationals featured a few strong times going up on the scoreboard in Halmstad.

Stina Gardell, who trains with Trojan Swim Club in the United States, tracked down the meet record in the women's 400-meter IM with a 4:42.20. That swim smashed her previous record from 2011 of 4:44.40. Martina Granstrom placed second in 4:50.18, while Shannyn Hultin picked up third in 4:51.14.

Sarah Sjostrom, who already stands sixth in the world with a 24.70 from The Netherlands' Cup, marked a 24.97 to win the women's 50-meter freestyle event this evening. The former world champion is definitely getting herself ramped up for a strong outing at the World Championships later this month. Magdalena Kuras finished second in 25.68, while Louise Hansson touched third in 25.98.


Jacob Zeidler touched out Miklas Tour, 28.83 to 28.89, in the men's 50-meter breaststroke to start the night. Oskar Moller wound up third in 29.05. Mattis Carlsson clinched the men's 50-meter back crown in 26.51, while Stefan Stojmenovic placed second in 26.70. Niklas Borin rounded out the top three in 26.82.

Gustav Aberg Lejdstrom edged Oskar Nordstrand, 3:58.91 to 3:58.97, in the men's 400-meter free. Mats Westergren finished a distant third with a 4:04.29. Ida Lindborg captured the women's 100-meter back title in 1:02.66. Sandra Hafstrom (1:03.81) and Anna Ahlin (1:04.52) comprised the rest of the top three.



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