Dutch Gold Medalist Hinkelien Schreuder Removed from World Champs Squad

Dutch sprinter Hinkelien Schreuder has been removed from the Dutch World Championship rosters at the 11th hour today, after a flap with the Dutch National Team coach Jacco Verhaeren, who said he was unhappy with her training. Schreuder was slated to swim as a relay alternate in the 400 free relay. Schreuder, who is the 6th-fastest swimmer from the Netherlands and 69th-best in the world this year in the 100 free at 55.63. She also sits 12th in the world in the 50 free (24.88).

Schreuder announced both on her personal blog and on her Twitter account today that she had been pulled from the 400 free relay that is the favorite to win gold in Shanghai this summer. Schreuder was a key prelims swimmer on both the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World Championship squads and allowed the Netherlands to comfortably move through the prelims and into the finals before winning titles.

Schreuder concluded her blog by saying that she’s not sure if she will return to competitive swimming after this blow, and is considering retirement.

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While it’s the prerogative of a National Team coach to go against the times, especially in swims as tight as the 100 free, here’s where the real controversy will pop up: Schreuder has been replaced by 20-year old Ilse Kraaijeveld, is a personal charge of Verhaeren, the coach who removed Schreuder from the relay. Though Kraaijeveld is certainly a future member of this relay (she’s at a 55.78 this year), this opens up all kind of accusations that Verhaeren is using his position as National Team Director to further the interests of his personal club by promoting his own athletes. Avoiding this conflicts of interest, or at least perceived conflicts of interest, is one of the reasons why the USA Swimming National Team Director is expected to resign the position at their personal club.

The versatlie 27-year old is the current World Record holder in the 100 short course IM (a distance not contested at long course meets) and is a part of the European Record holding relays in both the short course 200 free and short course 200 medley relays.

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Bobby
10 years ago

I find this ridiculous and I hope Schreuder blasts a fast time this summer to make Jacco Vehaeren look like a bigger idiot then he already is.

Marc
10 years ago

Schreuder and Kraaijeveld both are members of Eiffel Swimmers PSV Eindhoven, at least that’s not the problem. Hope she finds the courage to keep swimming. A change of team would do her good probably (Southern California or Texas, pick up that goddamn phone !).

David
10 years ago

Eiffel Swimmers PSV has different, how do you say it.. Departments? Jacco Verhaeren and Marcel Wouda are both coaches of their own one. She swam with Marcel Wouda.

She should indeed get the hell outta there.. There are so many places where she will be treated like a queen! But not in the Netherlands.

Andi
10 years ago

Thats a poor show, her loyalty and amazing performances over the many years for the Dutch squad deserved atleast one last hurrah before the likes of Bouwens & Kraaijevald swallow her up, you’d think that her year after year swimming in the heats for that quartet and giving the Dutch the option to rest top swimmers to save them for the final they would have a little more loyalty to her, especially when she has swam faster than the other girl. (And had a storming relay leg at the world SC)

Andi
10 years ago

Loughborough with Halsall and Smith? lol 🙂

aswimfan
10 years ago

Not a good decision by Verhaeren at ALL. Now I hope the dutch will get beaten by USA, China or Australia in the final.

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