Zurich Grand Prix: Several Swiss Records Fall on First Night

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 19. DURING the first evening of long course meter action at the Zurich Grand Prix, several Swiss records fell including one from 1988.

Laetitia Perez and Martin van Berkel pushed each other under the Swiss record in the women's 50 fly. Perez finished in 27.18, while van Berkel took second in 27.28. Both times beat the previous record of 27.69 set by Carla Stampfli in 2005.

van Berkel then clipped the Swiss record in the women's 100 back with a time of 1:03.18. The swim beat the 1:03.42 set by Stampfli last year. Ivana Gabrilo touched second in 1:04.35, while Danielle Carmen Villars finished third in 1:04.71.

A third Swiss record fell as Yannick Kaeser touched in 2:16.21 in the men's 200 breast. The performance wiped out the 2:16.87 set by Etienne Dagon way back in 1988. Kilian Bossard finished second in 2:17.25, while Yves Mauron took third in 2:18.53.

Patrizia Humplik demolished the Swiss record in the women's 200 breast with a 2:26.89. The readout smashed the 2:31.12 set by Agata Czaplicki in 2000. Carmela Schlegel placed second in 2:32.19, while Claudia Bellasi placed third in 2:37.29.

Dominik Meichtry captured the men's 400 free in 3:56.24, while David Karasek took second in 3:57.11. Martin Hohl completed the top three in 3:57.38. Swann Oberson followed with a winning time of 4:17.44 in the women's 400 free. Iris Matthey (4:21.02) and Stephanie Eisenring (4:23.57) touched second and third.

Damien Courtois pocketed the men's 50 fly crown in 24.29, while Daniel Rast (24.37) and Ralph Madoerin (24.61) clinched second and third. Meanwhile, Flori Lang posted a 55.36 to win the men's 100 back, while Lukas Raeuflin took second in 57.61 and Nicolo Vio placed third in 59.05.