Spanish Long Course Nationals: Mireia Belmonte Garcia Lowers Spanish Record, Doubles

MADRID, Spain, March 31. THE first night of swimming at the Spanish Long Course Nationals got off to a strong start with a national record falling by the wayside.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia bettered her Spanish record in the women's 200 fly with a strong time of 2:06.25. That effort cleared her 2009 national mark of 2:06.90, and moved her to second in the world behind only Ellen Gandy's 2:05.90. Zsuzsanna Jakabos placed second in 2:07.86 for fourth in the rankings behind Jemma Lowe's 2:06.94, while Judit Ignacio Sorribes picked up third in 2:07.87 to take fifth in the world.

She also topped the women's 800 free in 8:27.88, while Chile's Krisel Kobrich touched second in 8:28.88. Erika Villaecija Garcia wound up third in 8:34.83.

Aschwin Wildeboer Faber snatched the men's 200 back title in 1:58.74. That swim pushed him to sixth in the world rankings. Federico Turrini took second in 2:02.20, while Rufino Regueira Suarez earned third in 2:03.18.

Trinidad's George Bovell moved into a seventh-place tie in the world rankings in the men's 50 free with a winning time of 22.38. Javier Noriega Sanz took second in 22.76, while Eloi Saumell Montserrat earned third in 22.87.

Duane Da Rocha Marce captured the women's 200 back in 2:11.31 to take a top-15 spot in the rankings. Lydia Morant Varo placed second in 2:11.81, while Natalie Torne Sanchez wound up third in 2:15.14.

Maria Fuster Martinez topped the women's 50 free in 26.05, while Araceli Herraez De La Calle finished second in 26.17. Hong Kong's Sze Hang Yu wound up third in 26.28. Marco Rivera Miranda cruised to victory in the men's 1500 free with a 15:37.37. Antonio Arroyo Perez (15:51.52) and Victor Goicoechea Casenueva (15:54.42) completed the top three.

Nil Vidal Vila touched out Adrian Mantas Mota, 2:01.30 to 2:01.66, in the men's 200 fly. Carlos Vives Gomis pocketed third in 2:01.98. Marina Garcia Urzainqui topped the women's 100 breast in 1:09.06, while Evelyn Alvarez Perez took second in 1:10.69. Jessica Vall Montero placed third in 1:11.26.