Louise Hansson, Sarah Sjostrom Lead Swedish Field for Worlds

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Louise Hansson. Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

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The Swedish Swim Association has announced its team for the upcoming 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.

Sarah Sjostrom leads the field and is expected to be one of the highest-scoring athletes at the world championships.

Meanwhile, sisters Louise Hansson and Sophie Hansson also were selected for the team. Both are coming off of fantastic performances at the NCAA championships.

The Swedish roster consists of seven swimmers:

Swimmers

  • Michelle Coleman, Spårvägens S
  • Hanna Eriksson, Jönköpings SS
  • Sophie Hansson, Helsingborgs S
  • Louise Hansson, Helsingborgs S
  • Erik Persson, Kungsbacka SS
  • Simon Sjödin, SK Neptun
  • Sarah Sjöström, Södertörns SS

Coach: Ulrika Sandmark

Sjostrom was named the Swedish Female Athlete of the Year as well as the European Female Swimmer of the Year in 2018.

Louise Hansson had a record-breaking performance at the NCAA championships in March. She swam the fastest time ever in the 100 fly (SCY). She broke her own NCAA and US Open Record with a 49.26, lowering her 49.34 she set at Pac-12’s earlier in the meet.

Hansson won the stacked final that included the first, third and fourth fastest performers all-time in the event. Michigan freshman Maggie MacNeil (49.66) was slightly off her best time of 49.59 as she finished second in the final.

All-Time List:

  1. Louise Hansson, USC, 49.26 (2019)
  2. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville, 49.43 (2016)
  3. Maggie MacNeil, Michigan, 49.59 (2019)
  4. Erika Brown, Tennessee, 49.85 (2019)
  5. Katie McLaughlin, Cal, 49.97 (2019)
  6. Natalie Coughlin, Cal, 50.01 (2002)
  7. Farida Osman, Cal, 50.05 (2017)
  8. Rachel Komisarz, Lakeside, 50.10 (2007)

In the 200 free, Hansson swam a 1:50.28 and held off a hard charging Ella Eastin (1:50.46) of Stanford as she was going for her third straight win in the event.

All-Time List:

  1. Ella Eastin, Stanford, 1:49.51 (2018)
  2. Elaine Breeden, Stanford, 1:49.92 (2009)
  3. Louise Hansson, USC, 1:50.28 (2019)
  4. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville, 1:50.61 (2016)
  5. Grace Oglesby, Louisville, 1:50.80 (2019)
  6. Katinka Hosszu, USC, 1:51.02 (2012)
  7. Katie McLaughlin, Cal, 1:51.09 (2019)
  8. Kathleen Hersey, Texas, 1:51.18 (2009)

The ladies team will compete in the 4×100 freestyle and 4×100 medley relay.

The squad can be supplemented with swimmers who pass the World Cup qualifying time during the races at Mare Nostrum and other international FINA approved competition of high international level approved by FINA.