Chad le Clos Wins 2 Events in First 2 Days of German Championships

2022 German Short Course Swmming Championships

13-year old Alina Baievych won two individual finals and swimmers from the SG Neukolln club were the dominant forces through the first two days at the 2022 German Short Course Championships. South African Chad le Clos, who has been training in Germany recently, also made an appearance at the meet.

Baievych won the 200 fly in 2:11.29 on day 1 of the meet. That not only gave the 13-year old from TB 1888 her first national championship at such a young age, but it shattered her own age group record. That mark previously stood at 2:13.56, which she swam in prelims, which in turn broke Rosalie Kleyboldt’s 2016 time of 2:15.95.

Meanwhile, swimmers representing the club SG Neukolln won three titles in the first day of competition. Angeline Kohler (53.66 in the women’s 100 free), Nele Schulze (1:06.68 in the women’s 100 breast), and Luca Armbruster (48.05 in the men’s 100 free) all picked up day 1 titles.

Schulze and Kohler are both new trainees this year at the Berlin National base, where they swim under coach Lasse Frank.

“We had just returned from altitude training on Monday and now we want to do something to improve the toughness of the competition with a view to the short course World Championships in December. I’m already very satisfied with this start,” Frank said after the first day of competition.

Kohler went on to win the 50 fly on day 2 in 26.20. She was 4th at the European Championships in the long course version of that event over the summer.

Chad le Clos, the South African Olympic gold medalist, also made an appearance at the meet, his first domestic test since beginning training with Dirk Lange in Frankfurt. After swimming 1:49s in each of the three World Cup legs, he swam 1:51.00 to win the 200 fly on day 1 of German Nationals.

On day 2, he won the 50 fly in 22.66 ahead of Moritz Schaller (23.20).

There was a big upset on day 1 of the meet, when 22-year old Luca Matzerath beat Marco Koch in the 100 breaststroke. The two Frankfurt teammates swam times of 58.51 and 58.90, respectively.

Koch did pick up a win on day 2 in the 400 IM in 4:13.84. That’s far from his best time of 4:01, but is far better than his only other swim in the event in the last three years: a 4:30 from October.

Other Notable Results:

  • Cornelius Jahn won the men’s 200 backstroke in 1:54.77. 17-year old Oskar Schildknecht was 3rd in that race in a time of 1:55.03, which broke the German Age Record. The previous mark was set by Ramon Klenz in this same pool in 2015 when he swam 1:55.69.


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Deutsch Gang
2 months ago

I wouldn’t call Matzerath beating Koch a big upset…..he did just final at worlds in the 50 and 100 last summer.

2 months ago

Who cares

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
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2 months ago

Man chill

Deutsch Gang
Reply to  Lpman
2 months ago

Your mom cares, she messaged me before my original post.

Reply to  Deutsch Gang
2 months ago

Now thats just inappropriate. Im telling my mom

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