14-Yr-Old Castella Posts 1:57 SCM 200 Back At Danish Championships


  • December 16th – December 19th
  • Esbjerg, Denmark
  • SCM (25m)
  • Results

Shortly before Christmas, the Danish Short Course Championships took place in Esbjerg with several notable swims emerging from the 4-day competition.

One such performance stemmed from 14-year-old Nicholas Castella in the men’s 200m backstroke. The teen produced a time of 1:57.58 to snag silver behind winner Alfred Grubert who got to the wall narrowly ahead of him in a time of 1:57.11.

For Castella, he opened in 57.99 and closed in 59.59 to establish a new lifetime best. His result here in Esbjerg obliterated his previous career-fastest effort of 2:01.62 he owned entering this meet. That 2:00+ outing was produced just a couple of weeks ahead of this competition.

Additional top times included Mathias Ysgaard logging 1:45.40 to take the men’s 200m freestyle, while Malthe Lindeblad and Rasmus Nickelsen took the gold in the men’s 50m free and 50m fly respectively. Lindeblad posted a mark of 21.42 in the former while Nickelsen put up a mark of 23.13 in the latter.

The women’s side saw Thea Blomsterberg top the podium in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events. The 19-year-old clinched victory in the longer race with a performance of 2:20.77 and notched gold in the shorter race in 1:05.54. Both outings represent her new lifetime bests.

Signe Bro was also in the water, making it happen in the 100m free and 200m free. She hit the wall in 1:56.61 and 53.29, respectively, to beat the field and claim titles in both. She rounded out the sprint free titles by hitting 24.99 in the 50m free as well.

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1 year ago

For Nicholas Castella also 1.48.88 (760 Fina pts) in the 200 free and 3.53.35 in the 400 free (752 Fina pts), whilst the 1.57.58 in the 200 back is 725 Fina pts worth.

Canadian Swammer
Reply to  nuotofan
1 year ago

These are nasty 14yo times, man kids are getting fast.

1 year ago

Yeah, but what about the 75 with fins?

Ricki Clausen
Reply to  Horninco
1 year ago

We don’t have any yards pools in Denmark unfortunately 😉

Best regards from Nicholas’ coach

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