Femke Heemskerk Moves Up 200 Free World Rankings at Bergen Swim Festival

Jun 21, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Femke Heemskerk (NED) won the Women's 100M Freestyle in a time of 53.64 during the Championship Finals of day four at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
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Day two of the 2017 Bergen Swim Festival was highlighted by a top showing from Mathys Goosen, as he collected two gold medals. Olympian Femke Heemskerk improved up her 200 free world ranking, as did Mie Nielsen in the women’s 100 back.

Kyle Stolk delivered the top time in the men’s 200 free at the second finals session, clocking a 1:49.18 to top the competition. Jan Micka and Stan Pijnenburg posted matching times of 1:50.52 to tie for silver.

Femke Heemskerk posted the top time in the women’s 200 free at a 1:56.59, moving her to seventh in the world rankings. Katinka Hosszu touched second overall with a 1:58.04, more than a second off her 2017 best of 1:56.81. Robin Neumann rounded out the top three with a 1:59.39.

The knock-out round of the men’s 50 fly was won by Mathys Goosen with a time of 24.70. Simon Sjodin touched second with a 24.73, followed by Viktor Bromer’s third-place finish of 25.06.

Goosen collected his second win of the session with a top showing in the men’s 100 back, stopping the clock at a 58.43. Daniel Dudas turned in a second place finish of 1:00.43, ahead of Mathias Bech’s 1:04.11.

A trio of Olympians highlighted the knock-out round of the women’s 50 fly with butterfly champ Sarah Sjostrom claiming the gold. Sjostrom stopped the clock at a 25.62, however her 2017 best sits at a 24.96. Ranomi Kromowidjojo delivered a second place finish of 26.77, while Hosszu added a bronze medal to her name with a 28.92.

Erik Persson claimed the gold medal in the men’s 200 breast with a top time of 2:10.17, finishing more than five seconds ahead of the competition. While his time falls within the top 20 world rankings for 2017, Persson’s 2017 best sits at a 2:07.85, ranking him third. Arno Kamminga was second overall with a time of 2:15.47, followed by Laurent Carnol’s 2:18.48.

Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir dominated the women’s 200 breast, touching more than six seconds ahead of the competition. Luthersdottir posted a final time of 2:26.24, while Hosszu added a third medal to her name with a second place finish of 2:33.11. Silje Mikkelborg finished a close third with a 2:33.71.

Mie Nielsen posted the only sub-minute time in the women’s 100 back at a 59.63. Nielsen’s time improves upon her 2017 best of 59.81 from the Flanders Cup. Hosszu added a fourth medal to her name with a 1:01.05, while Femke Heemskerk took third overall with a 1:01.77.

Sjodin picked up a gold medal in the men’s 200 IM, with a top time of 2:01.32. Raphael Stacchiotti finished just behind with a 2:01.76, followed by Kyle Stolk’s time of 2:04.71.

Hosszu collected her first gold medal of the session with a top showing in the women’s 200 IM. The 2016 Olympic champion touched first in a 2:16.44, while her season best sits at a 2:09.38 from the Hungarian Championships. Marjolein Delno grabbed second with a close 2:17.70, followed by Robin Neumann’s third place finish of 2:19.40.

Jan Micka exuded dominance in the men’s 1500 free with a 15:17.29, finishing close to one minute ahead of the competition. Daniel Dudas touched second overall with a 16:14.38, just ahead of Sondre Saltnes Urdal’s 16:18.04.

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