TRONDHEIM, Norway, July 11. THERE were plenty of storylines coming out of the Norwegian Long Course Nationals held in Trondheim this weekend. On top of a pair of relation national records on the women's side of the docket, Alexander Dale Oen turned in a couple of world-class swims while teenage rival Sverre Naess put himself on the international map with several national junior records.
Dale Oen turned in a 28.12 to win the men's 50 breast and move to 25th in the world rankings. He then captured the men's 100 breast with a top time of 1:00.79 to improve his already ninth-ranked season best of 1:00.84 set at the Paris Open last month.
Naess had quite possibly one of the best meets of anyone at the event. First, he set a national junior record in the men's 200 IM junior national championship heat with a 2:04.86. He returned in the men's 50 breast junior heat with another junior record of 28.86. He finished second in the finale with a 28.90. The next day, Naess upset Dale Oen in the men's 200 breast, 2:13.77 to 2:14.20, for the title as well as another national junior record. Naess then fell to Dale Oen in the men's 100 breast, but still wound up with a national junior record time of 1:02.05.
Sara Nordenstam doubled up on the first day with triumphs in the women's 100 breast (1:10.20) and women's 400 IM (4:44.81). On the second day, she pocketed her third title of the meet with a 2:13.58 in the women's 200 fly. Nordenstam completed the IM sweep with a 2:16.75 to win the women's 200 IM.
Cecilie Johannessen earned the women's 200 free title in 2:01.39. She captured her second title on the second day with a 25.92 in the women's 50 free. She demonstrated remarkable range by also winning the women's 800 free that same day with an 8:57.08. The third day witnessed Johennessen emerging triumphant from the women's 400 free (4:20.11) for her fourth crown. Additionally, Ingvild Snildal topped the women's 50 back in 28.94, then won the women's 100 back in 1:02.60 the following day. Snildal also snatched the women's 100 fly with a time of 1:00.36.
Gard Kvale topped the men's 400 free in 4:04.36, then returned the following day with a 51.39 to claim the men's 100 free crown. Kvale notched another freestyle victory with a 1:52.64 in the men's 200 free. Meanwhile, Eirik Ravnan swept the IM event with victories in the men's 200 IM in 2:08.05 and the men's 400 IM in 4:32.71.
Lavrans Solli twice lowered the national junior record in the men's 200 back with a 2:07.39 during junior heats, then a triumphant 2:06.34 during the finale. Solli won his second title of the meet with a 26.85 in the men's 50 back.
In relay action, Heidi Vainio Gjoen (1:05.78), Nordenstam (1:09.96), Line Lovberg (1:04.04) and Elisabeth Svensson (59.26) teamed up to set a national record in the women's 400 medley relay with a 4:19.04. Gjoen (2:10.57), Gina Andersen (2:06.40), Ingrid Knutzen (2:07.35), Nordenstam (2:06.41) set another relay national record with an 8:30.73 in the women's 800 free relay.
Mikkel Brudvik Sanderud captured the men's 1500 free in 16:24.72, while Sindri Jakobsson won the men's 50 fly in 25.84 and Jorgen Mollerop snagged the men's 100 fly crown in 56.99. Additionally, Katharina Stiberg won the women's 50 breast in 32.20.