128. DEUTSCHE MEISTERSCHAFTEN, BERLIN – GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND OLYMPIC TRIALS (PART 1), BERLIN
- Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Prelims: 9 am local, Finals: 5 pm local, on Sunday: 4 pm local
- Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europa-Sportpark (SSE)
- Start lists
Short reminder of German Olympic qualification procedure: The 2016 German National Championships are the first part of a two-step nomination procedure for the Olympic Games. The athletes had to swim defined times at National Championships in prelims and in finals. All swimmers who achieve the times will be part of the so-called “long list” and must inform German Head Coach Henning Lambertz in the period of one week after German Nationals in which meet they want to confirm the required performance of the nomination process: at one of the three meets of the Mare Nostrum tour or the German Open. They can only choose ONE of these four possibilities. For this meet, other times are set which are approximately 1,5 % slower than those at German nationals. All swimmers who reach the times and have also finished first or second at the German National Championships will qualify for Rio.
Prelims/Finals, Sunday May 8
Women’s 100m Butterfly
Nomination times: Prelims 58,77, Final 58,35
German national record: Alexandra Wenk, 57,76, 2016
1 Alexandra Wenk 57,70
2 Aliena Schmidtke 58,57
3 Franziska Hentke 58,57
And the next German Record set by Alexandra Wenk: 57,70. She is the only swimmer under the finals nomination standard. This her 4th national record in two days. Great race.
Men’s 100m Butterfly
Nomination times: Prelims 52,38, Final 51,94
German National Record: Steffen Deibler, 51,19, 2013
1 Steffen Deibler 52,16
2 Marius Kusch 52,17
3 Philip Heintz 52,17
Steffen Deibler posted a 52,16 – he missed the qualifying standard but has good chances to make it to Rio in the 4 x 100 m Medley relay.
Women’s 50m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 25,22, Final 24,94
German National Record: Britta Steffen, 23,73, 2009
1 Dorothea Brandt 24,66
2 Nina Kost 25,36
3 Anna Dietterle 25,44
Dorothea Brandt made it under the Rio cut: she finished in 24,66.
Men’s 200m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 1:48,18, Final 1:47,17
German National Record Paul Biedermann, 1:42,00, 2009
1 Paul Biedermann 1:45,45
2 Florian Vogel 1:46,44
3 Christoph Fildebrandt 1:47,06
4 Clemens Rapp 1:47,63
This is Paul Biedermann‘s last race at German Championships! This is the best line-up Germany has seen for many years in a 200 m freestyle race!
Biedermann clocked 1:45,45 – this is the second fastest time in this year! Three swimmers are under the German Rio Olympic cut! That is a good position for the 4 x 200 m freestyle relay. Germany now has TWO swimmers in the world’s top 10 in this event: Biedermann ranked 2nd, Vogel 8th.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Nomination times: Prelims 2:12,33, Final 2:10,43
German National Record: Marco Koch, 2:07,47, 2014
1 Marco Koch 2:07,88
2 Fabian Schwingenschloegl 2:11,52
3 Max Pilger 2:12,01
Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Nomination times: Prelims 2:26,40, Final 2:24,88
German National Record: Birte Steven, 2:25,33, 2007
1 Jessica Steiger 2:27,97
2 Michelle Lambert 2:29,19
3 Delaine Goll 2:30,85
Top seed Vanessa Grimberg didn’t show up for the final due to illness.
New German national Champion is Jessica Steiger in 2:27,97.
Women’s 100m Backstroke
Nomination times: Prelims 1:00,91, Final 1:00,25
German National Record: Daniela Samulski, 59,77, 2009
1 Nadine Laemmler 1:00,69
2 Johanna Roas 1:00,98
3 Jenny Mensing 1:01,11
Nadine Laemmler reached in for the win in 1:00,69 , no woman made the two required cuts. Nadine Laemler and Johanna Roas are athletic students in the USA.
Men’s 100m Backstroke
Nomination times: Prelims 54,34, Final 53,96
German National Record: Helge Meeuw, 52,27, 2009
1 Jan-Philip Glania 53,61
2 Christian Diener 54,71
3 Marco di Carli 55,17
Jan-Philip Glania picked up the national title in 56,61 followed by Christian Diener. It is Jan-Philip Glania’s second German Olympic cut.
Men’s 50m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 22,51, Final 22,27
German National Record: Damian Wierling, 21,81, 2016
1 Damian Wierling, 21,84
2 Björn Hornikel, 22,31
3 Maximilian Oswald 22,53
German Champion 2016 is Damian Wierling, he clocked a 21,84. This is his second national title, he also won the 100 m freestyle. And he is under the Rio cut! Björn Hornikel missed the qualification time by four hundredths of a second.
Women’s 200m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 1:59,35, Final: 1:58,27
German National Record: Annika Lurz, 1:55,68, 2007
1 Annika Bruhn 1:58,56
2 Sarah Köhler 1:58,58
3 Leonie Kullmann 1:59,17
Annika Bruhn came in first in 1:58,56, followed by Sarah Köhler in 1:58,58 and Leonie Kullmann in 1:59,17. No it is up to Head Coach Henning Lambertz to make a decision about a women’s 4 x 200 m freestyle relay in Rio. There will be no individual starter in this event at the Olympics.