2016 German National Championships, day 2, prelims Analysis

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)
  • Eventpage
  • Schedule
  • Start lists
  • Results

Five swimmers stayed under the required prelims nomination times and have a chance to make it on the “long list”– a spot on this list is the first step to get a ticket to Rio: All swimmers who achieve the prelims and finals qualification standards 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.

Today is the “sprint day” at German National Championships with many non-olympic events: Men’s and women’s 50 m breast-, backstroke and butterfly. A lot of Rio candidates tested their form: Dorothea Brandt swam the 50 m butterfly – she has good chances to make  the Rio team in the 50 m freestyle which will take place on Sunday. Also Steffen Deibler and Damian Wierling had their first start this morning: in the 50 m butterfly, both could get a spot for Rio in the 100 m fly (Deibler) or 50 m free (Wierling) and in men’s relays.

In today’s morning heats, these swimmers reached the required prelims times in the 400 m freestyle and have a chance to get a spot on the long list after tonight’s finals session: Antonia Massone (4:12,23), Johanna Friedrich (4:11,55) and Sarah Köhler (4:11,11) came in under the qualification time. But they all must show more speed in the final to finish under the standard of 4:09,08. Sarah Köhler earned the gold last night in the women’s 800 m freestyle, finishing atop the podium in 8:22.80. With this performance, Köhler now sits as the 5th-fastest swimmer in the world in the event. Prediction for the final: Köhler will go easily under the 4:09,08 because she showed such a great Performance in the 800 m. Johanna Friedrich missed the qualification times in the 800 m, so perhaps she can follow Köhler in the final of the 400 m and better her prelims time about 2,5 seconds to get under 4:09,08.

Final’s lane assignment:

1 Marlene Hüther 1998 SSG Saar Max Ritter 04:16,25
2 Julia Hassler 1993 SV Nikar Heidelberg 04:15,54
3 Antonia Massone 1997 SSG Saar Max Ritter 04:12,23
4 Sarah Köhler 1994 SG Frankfurt 04:11,11
5 Johanna Friedrich 1995 SC Magdeburg 04:11,55
6 Leonie Antonia Beck 1997 SV Würzburg 05 04:14,00
7 Lea Boy 2000 Swim-Team Stadtwerke Elmshorn 04:16,03
8 Josephine Tesch 1999 Berliner TSC 04:17,82 9

In  the men’s 400 m freestyle Florian Vogel and Clemens Rapp (3:49,29) stayed under the German Olympic cut. Vogel’s time of 3:46,31 is the 7th fastest in the world in 2016 and already under the required finals standard of 3.47,49. Vogel competed yesterday in the 4 x 200 m freestyle club relay and clocked 1:46,80 as the start swimmer. In tonight’s 400 m free final, both swimmers should be able to dip beneath the finals nomination time.

Final’s lane assignment:

1 Sören Meißner 1990 SV Würzburg 05 03:53,77
2 Max Nowosad 1995 SG Stadtwerke München 03:52,67
3 Poul Zellmann 1995 SG Essen 03:50,86
4 Florian Vogel 1994 SG Stadtwerke München 03:46,31
5 Clemens Rapp 1989 Neckarsulmer Sport – Union 03:49,29
6 Henning Mühlleitner 1997 SV Schwäbisch Gmünd 03:52,17
7 Florian Wellbrock 1997 SC Magdeburg 03:52,91
8 Moritz Brandt 1998 SG Essen 03:54,16

In a press conference yesterday, German Head Coach Henning Lambertz stated that all swimmer who will make it in the first qualification step on the “long list” for Rio, are not intented to swim at the European Championships. Only Marco Koch and Paul Biedermann could swim there because they are the two members of the so called “elite squad” and they both only must reach a first or second place finish in the 200 m breaststroke (Koch) or 200 m freestyle (Biedermann) at the German Nationals to get a spot in the Rio team because they won medals at the 2015 World Championships. Lambertz will send about 20 swimmers to the Euros who just missed the jump on the long list in Berlin.


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