Sarah Sjostrom Closes Swedish Short Course Championships With Seven Titles

STOCKHOLM – Sarah Sjostrom added plenty more to her five golds and a Swedish record from the first three days of competition during the final two days of swimming at the Swedish Short Course Championships.

She took down another Swedish record with a 1:51.44 in the women’s 200-meter free.  That swim smashed her previous mark of 1:52.26, and moved her to second in the world behind Katinka Hosszu’s 1:51.41.  The time also took a run at Federica Pellegrini’s world record of 1:51.17, and is now third all time.

Michelle Coleman took second in 1:58.39 with Frida Berggren placing third in 1:59.09.  Coleman bounced back in the women’s 200-meter back with a 2:03.26 to crush Therese Svendsen’s Swedish record of 2:06.65 from 2009.  She vaulted to fifth in the world with the effort.  Sandra Hafstrom (2:10.17) and Ida Lindborg (2:10.59) took second and third.

Sjostrom and Coleman tangled again in the women’s 100-meter free with Sjostrom winning her seventh title of the meet with a 51.32 Swedish record against Coleman’s 52.39.  Sjostrom jumped to the top of the world with her time, blasting her Swedish record of 51.93 from last year.  That moved Sjostrom to fifth all time in the event’s history.

Coleman, meanwhile, moved to eighth in the world with Magdalena Kuras taking third tonight in 54.30.  Coleman claimed another triumph in the women’s 50-meter back with a 27.22.  Magdalena Kuras (27.53) and Ida Lindborg (28.02) rounded out the top three.

Simon Sjodin added another meet record with a 1:53.49 in the men’s 200-meter fly, while Jesper Bjork took second in 1:57.09.  Markus Malm snared third in 1:57.09.

Sjodin followed that with a destruction of the men’s 400-meter IM Swedish record.  He blasted a 4:06.84 to smash Christoffer Wallin’s 2009 mark of 4:10.93.  Sjodin vaulted to 10th in the world this year.  Linus Kanth (4:14.46) and Adam Paulsson (4:14.89) finished second and third.

Christoffer Carlsen won the men’s 50-meter free in 21.88 with Petter Symne taking second in 22.03. Stefan Nystrand raced to third in 22.16.   Carlsen also won the men’s 100-meter free in 47.77.  Alexander Nystrom (48.02) and Oscar Ekstrom (48.28) picked up second and third.

Alexander Nystrom claimed the men’s 100-meter back in 54.26 with Axel Pettersson setting a Swedish junior mark with a second-place 53.12.  Jesper Bjork picked up third in 53.35.

Nystrom then won the men’s 50-meter back in 24.27.  Jesper Bjork took second in 24.60 with Christoffer Carlsen finishing third in 24.78.

Jennie Johansson hit the wall in 30.46 to win the women’s 50-meter breast, while Una Finnman took second in 30.96.  Jessica Eriksson snared third in 31.39.

Adam Paulsson won the men’s 1500-meter free in 15:11.13 with Victor Johansson taking second in 15:25.70.  Simon Plato finished third in 15:27.41.

Frida Berggren snared the women’s 400-meter IM in 4:42.45, while Fanny Lilliestrom placed second in 4:49.61.  Jaqueline Hippi finished third in 4:49.73.

Results: Swedish Short Course Championships