Aliena Schmidtke Becomes First German Women to Break 26.0 in 50 Fly

by Robert Gibbs 0

July 28th, 2017 International, News


German swimmer Aliena Schmidtke knocked 0.27 seconds off her existing German record this morning, becoming the first German women ever to break the 26 second mark.  Schmidtke, swimming out of lane seven on day six of the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, threw down a quick 25.73.  Schmidtke had previously set the German record at 26.00 during the German Championships last month in Berlin.

Schmidtke’s time was the fourth-fastest of the morning, and she’ll be swimming in lane five of the first semi-final heat tonight, right next to American star Kelsi Worrell.  Earlier this week Schmidtke finished 10th in the 100 fly, with her time of 57.87 just off the German  national record of 57.70, held by Alexandra Wenk.

Although Schmidtke represents SC Magdeburg, she’s spent substantial time living and training in the United States.  She swam for Ohio State University after transferring from New Mexico State.  While at New Mexico State, she won freshman of the year honors for the Western Athletic Conference in 2012.

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