Fewer men managed to clock FINA-qualifying-caliber swims at Day 3 of German national championships, a day characterized by ups and downs for both the swimmers and their Head Coach, Henning Lambertz.
In an interview this morning, Lambertz expressed his disappointment about the men’s 100 freestyle heats, as no men were inside the qualification standard and, from his viewpoint, a 49.61 should have been possible. Paul Biedermann, the winner of the 100 freestyle in the evening’s finals in 49.24 said:”It isn’t a good time. With Steffen Deibler the race would have been faster. But I’m feeling fine in the water and I hope, the 200 free will be good.”
Deibler is absent from the meet while dealing with illness, but has already been pre-selected for the World Championships.
Lambertz indicated, however, that he is very satisfied overall with the 3 days’ worth of competition, with 12 women and 9 men making the pre-qualifying list (called “Long List”) so far.
German women, however, did come through with a lot of fast races. Annika Bruhn took the 100 free in 54,88 – a lifetime best and her first swim under 55 seconds. She said that this success will push her in tomorrow’s 200 free. Not far off the German record was Franziska Hentke in the 200 fly, who finished in 2:07.05 to put her into top 5 in the World so far.
The 100 breaststroke showed a battle between Vanessa Grimberg and Laura Simon – the winner of last night’s 50 breast. Grimberg touched first in 1:08.29, but fell short of the qualification cut. Simon, who is a student-athlete at the University of Virginia in the United States, nabbed the silver medal in 1:09.00.
The women’s 200 backstrokers showed a fast race with 3 swimmers inside the qualification time. Jenny Mensing touched for the win in 2:08.48, Lisa Graf 2nd in 2:10,37 and Sonnele Öztürk 3rd in 2:11.27. They now rank 5th, 14th and 15th, respectively, in the world.
Florida Gator Theresa Michalak won the 200 IM race in 2:13.06, although she indicated afterwards that was not very pleased with her times in prelims and final, but she is still happy to make the first two cuts on the way to Kazan.
Three women showed an exciting stroke-for-stroke battle in the 1500 in which Isabelle Härle was victorious in 16:06.82. The silver went to Sarah Köhler in 16:07.33 and Leonie Antonia Beck took the bronze in 16:07.70, all in the top five world ranking fashion.
In the men’s 800 free Florian Vogel clocked in 7:52.57 in front of Sören Meißner in 7:53.37 and Ruwen Straub in 7:56.26, signaling that Germany’s long distance swimmers are on a solid track. Vogel made it into world’s top five.
Disappointed with his 200IM race was swimmer Philipp Heintz, who said that he has been sick, but still had expectations of obtaining a qualifying time.
Backstroke star Christian Diener raced for the win in 1:58.62 but did not reach the necessary time for Kazan. Also not on the roster were the 200 fly winner Alexander Kunert (1:57.23) and 100 breaststroke gold medalist Christian Vom Lehn (1:00.27).
On the schedule for tomorrow, the last day of competition: 100 butterfly, 50 free, 200 free, 200 breast, 100 back.
Day 3 photo vault, courtesy Tino Henschel.