2016 German Championships, day 4, prelims live recap


  • Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8, 2016
  • Prelims: 9 am local, Finals: 5 pm local, on Sunday: 4 pm local
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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, Sunday May 8

Women’s 100m Butterfly
Nomination times: Prelims 58,77, Final 58,35

German national record: Alexandra Wenk, 57,77, 2015

Franziska Hentke touched first in the first heat in 58,77. That is exactly the prelims cut time. Her teammate at the SC Magdeburg Aliena Schmidtke took the second heat in 58,48. Best time of the morning: Alexandra Wenk, third heat, clocked a 57,76 – NEW GERMAN NATIONAL RECORD. This girl is on fire!


Under prelims nomination standard:
Franziska Hentke
Aliena Schmidtke


Men’s 100m Butterfly
Nomination times: Prelims 52,38, Final 51,94

Marius Kusch, SG Stadtwerke München, won the first heat in 52,31. He also swam under nomination cut in the 100 m free prelims yesterday but finished only 8th in the 100 free final. Philip Heintz clocked a 51,84 – very fast morning swim for the 2016 German Champion in the 200 m IM. And Steffen Deibler reached in for the win in the third heat in 52,38 – that is exactly the prelims nomination standard.

Under prelims nomination standard:
Marius Kusch
Philip Heintz
Steffen Deibler


Women’s 50m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 25,22, Final 24,94

German national record: Britta Steffen, 23,73, 2009

In first came in the first heat Anna Dietterle in 25,43.

Dorothea Brandt made it under the prelims cut in 24,83 – an early morning statement, also under finals cut.

Under prelims nomination standard:

Dorothea Brandt

Men’s 200m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 1:48,18, Final 1:47,17

German national record: Paul Biedermann, 1:42,00, 2009

Clemens Rapp swam the fastest time in heat 1 in 1:47,95. Yannick Lebherz posted a 1:48,35. Fasest in the third heat: Christoph Fildebrandt in 1:47,28. World record holder Paul Biedermann reached in for the second place in the third heat in 1:47,30, followed by Florian Vogel in 1:47,58. Johannes Hintze, 17,  set a new German age group record in 1:49,35.

Under prelims nomination standard:

Clemens Rapp
Paul Biedermann
Florian Vogel
Christoph Fildebrandt
Jacob Heidtmann


Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Nomination times: Prelims 2:12,33, Final 2:10,43

German National Record: Marco Koch, 2:07,47, 2014

Christian vom Lehn clocked a 2:12,02 for the win in the first heat. Max Pilger touched the wall first in the next heat in 2:13,24. World Champion Marco Koch clocked a 2:12,51 – this is slower than prelims nomination standard but he only had to finish first or second in the final tonight at this Championships because he won the gold medal in this event in Kazan.

Under prelims nomination standard:

Christian vom Lehn

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Nomination times: Prelims 2:26,40, Final 2:24,88

German National Record: Birte Steven, 2:25,33, 2007

Michelle Lambert won the first heat in 2:32,40. In first came Jessica Steiger in heat 2 in 2:29,00. In the next heat, we have Malin Grosse on lane 5 – she is Born in 2002, one of the most promising youngsters in Germany.
Vanessa Grimberg set a new personal best time yesterday in the 100 m breaststroke. She is the clear favorite here, only swimme who could swim faster than the prelims standard time: She finished in 2:28,40 followed by Malin Grosse in 2:34,24.


Under prelims nomination standard:


Women’s 100m Backstroke
Nomination times: Prelims 1:00,91, Final 1:00,25

German National Record: Daniela Samulski, 59,77, 2009

Laura Riedemann set the fastest time in heat 1 in 1:01,35. Jenny Mensing finished first in heat 2 in 1:01,35. And now it is up to the two US students to make it under the prelims cut time: Johanna Roas and Nadine Laemmler. And Roas came in first in 1:00,62, Laemmler touched the wall in 1:01,12.

Under prelims nomination standard:

Johanna Roas


Men’s 100m Backstroke
Nomination times: Prelims 54,34, Final 53,96

German National Record: Helge Meeuw, 52,27, 2009

Marco Di Carli set a 55,46 in the first heat. Christian Diener missed the prelims standard time in 54,47. Jan-Philip Glania posted a 54,06 and is the only man who made the German prelims Rio cut.

Under prelims nomination standard:

Jan-Philip Glania

Men’s 50m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 22,51, Final 22,27

German National Record: Rafed El-Masri, 21,86, 2008

Björn Hornikel finished first in heat 1 in 22,36. Till Barthel is the fastest swimmer in the next heat in 22,78. And a NEW GERMAN RECORD: Damian Wierling in 21,81. What a race by the 20-year old German sprint star!


Under prelims nomination standard:

Björn Hornikel

Damian Wierling – NEW GERMAN NATIONAL RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!!


Women’s 200m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 1:59,35, Final: 1:58,27

Johanna Friedrich posted a 1:59,26 in heat 1. Sarah Köhler won heat 2 in 1:59,98. First in came Annika Bruhn in the third heat in 1:59,07.


Under prelims nomination standard:
Johanna Friedrich
Annika Bruhn






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4 years ago

Amazing start into the last day! New german record for Wenk in prelims of womens 100 fly (57.76), huge new PB for Schmidtke (58.48) and Hentke (58.77) exactly with the required time, so those 3 can still qualify, i would bet on Schmidtke (hopefully sub 58) and Wenk (hopefully sub 57). In mens 100 fly Deibler exactly reached the required time (52.38), huge new PB for Heintz (51.84) and Kusch (52.31), Deibler might really miss out on Rio! I hope that Kusch will qualify here, considering his “bad luck” in mens 100 free, where he was first after prelims and then finished only 8th in final. In the last couple of years we barely had 2 guys at sub 53… Read more »

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
4 years ago

Deibler had an infection four weeks ago and the same infection like Heidtman earlier this week. Pretty sad, but it doesn’t look good for him at the moment.

Reply to  Hatt
4 years ago

Yes, i dont think that he will qualify. I also dont think that Kusch will qualify, in my opinion it will be Heintz or no one. I would be very happy if Kusch would qualify. Heintz in my opinion will be allowed to swim 100 fly, unless both Kusch and Deibler will qualify. Deibler would have to finish 1st (to qualify for the medley relay) or swim the required time and finish top 2. I think the final will be slower than the prelims and i dont see Deibler breaking 52s, i wouldnt be surprised to see him miss out on Rio. In general a lot of older athletes (Mensing, Feldwehr, Deibler) have been rather disappointing, while many younger athletes… Read more »

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
4 years ago

In general, there are the same rules for the 4×200 as for 4×100. As far as I know, for the relays, there are no such strict rules as for the solo events. But Lambertz tries to avoid to to take athletes only for one relay if possible. That’s one reason why di Carli is not safe yet, besides the fact that he has to swim a fast 100 free at the German Open. If Deibler qualifies for Rio, Lambertz may say he doesn’t need di Carli. The same applies to Gose, but there is another Probem: The JEM is at the same time as the German Open. Gose would have to resign on some good medal chances with probably small… Read more »

4 years ago

5 guys in mens 200 free prelims with the required time:
Fildebrandt 1:47.28
Biedermann 1:47.35
Vogel 1:47.58
Heidtmann 1:47.84
Rapp 1:47.95
It took 1:48.89 to qualify for the final.
New age group record for Hintze with 1:49.35.
Tonight they will need to swim 1:47.17, i hope that Vogel, Biedermann and a 3rd guy will be at sub 1:47.

4 years ago

I think something is wrong with the live timing?
21.81 for Wierling? THAT CAN NOT BE TRUE!
It would be a huge new PB (previous one was 22.49) and a new german record …

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
4 years ago

Old german record was 21.86 by Rafed El-Masri from 2008.
I always though that this would be one of the most “unbreakable” german records, right behind mens 200/400 free (World records by Biedermann), womens 50/100 free (World records by Steffen) and womens 400 IM (4:36.10 by Schneider back from 1982). The 400 IM record doesnt seem to be out of reach for Hentke, but the other too will remain german records for a very long time.
I hope that Wierling will be able to swim again sub 22 tonight, i dont think that he can improve his time tonight. I think it was the right decision for him to not swim the 200 free today …