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.
Women’s 100 m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 55,08, Final 54,41
No German woman made it under the prelims standard. The German women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay does not have a quota place for the Olympics. Germany’s Head Coach Henning Lambertz will check tonight’s time – the four fastest swimmers must reach together a 3:39,85 (addition of the single results). Then they will get a chance to compete in London at the European Championships to get under this relay cut for a possible participation in Rio.
Annika Bruhn is the 2016 German National Champion in the 100 free, she clocked a 54,94 for the win, followed by Anna Dietterle in 55,06 and Helen Scholtissek in 55.18 – all are faster than in prelims.
Men’s 100 m Freestyle
Nomination times: Prelims 49,12, Final 48,81
Damian Wierling clocked a new personal best in 48,54 for the win! Second place went to Björn Hornikel in 48,65 and Paul Biedermann 48,65, followed by Marco Di Carli in 48,89. Marius Kusch who was the top seed finished eight in 49,26.
Women’s 200 m Butterfly
Nomination times: Prelims 2:11,07, Final 2:09,16
Now it is up to Franziska Hentke – she is out very fast on the first 100 in 1:01,10. With a start-finish victory it is Hentke in 2:05,77 – that is the second fastest time in the world in this year. Martina van Berkel clocked a 2:08,50 for silver and bronze went to Julia Mrozinski in 2:10,87. Hentke said in a post race interview that she wanted to swim faster.
Men’s 200 m Butterfly
Nomination times: Prelims 1:58,20, Final 1:56,33
Alexander Kunert and Markus Gierke both must swim personal best to get a spot on the Rio long list. Kunert out in 55,49 – he really wants his ticket to Rio. And the winner is – Alexander Kunert in 1:57,11 a little bit slower than in the morning and not under the Rio cut. Markus Gierke finished second in 1:57,68.
Women’s 100 m Breaststroke
Nomination times: Prelims 1:07,81, Final 1:07,32
Vanessa Grimberg is the German National Champion 2016 with a time of 1:07,91, this is a personal best time. Jessica Steiger clocked a 1:08,83 for silver and Laura Simon finished third in 1:09,34.
Men’s 100 m Breaststroke
Nomination times: Prelims 1:00,63, Final 1:00,01
Can Fabian Schwingenschloegl go under 1 minute? The 2016 NCAA Champion in the 100 yards breaststroke, trained by Mark Gangloff, is second at the 50 m turn and the win goes to: Marco Koch in 1:00,22 followed by Hendrik Feldwehr in 1:00,26 and Fabian Schwingenschloegl in 1:00,46. No one is under the nomination standard. Marco Koch is the swimmer for the 4 x 100 m medley relay in Rio with his win.
Women’s 200 m backstroke
Nomination times: Prelims 2:12,14, Final 2:10,39
Again a surprising result: Lisa Graf took the win in this Event in 2:08,98 – only swimmer under the qualification time. In second cam Nadine Laemmler in 2:10,49 and the clear favorite Jenny Mensing touched third in 2:10,63.
Men’s 200 m backstroke
Nomination times: Prelims 1:59,05, Final 1:58,02
No surprises in the 200 m back: Jan-Philip Glania and Christian Diener finished under the nomination time: Glania in 1:56,01 and Diener in 1:57,46. Mark Fischer picked up the bronze medal in 2:00,96.
Women’s 200 m IM
Nomination times: Prelims 2:14,12, Final 2:12,91
NEW GERMAN NATIONAL RECORD – Alexandra Wenk finished in 2:11,33. Youngster Maxine Wolters reached in for the second place in 2:13,90, 1 second over the nomination time for this final. Katarzyna Baranowski won the bronze medal in 2:14,72. (She starts internationally for Poland.)
Men’s 200 m IM Nomination times:
Prelims 2:01,05, Final 1:59,64
Philip Heintz took the win in 1:58,31 – and get a spot on the long list with this performance. Philipp Forster clocked a 2:00,87 for silver followed by Kevin Wedel in 2:01,04.