The career of former World Junior Record Holder Marrit Steenbergen of the Netherlands continues on its upward trajectory, as the 16-year-old clocked two new Dutch Age Group Records while competing at her home country’s first Grand Prix of 2016 over the weekend.
In the first KNZB Challenger meet in Drachten, Steenbergen wowed the crowd with a remarkable duo of Dutch National Age Group Records in two freestyle events, the 100m and 200m, while also scoring wins in the 400m free and 100m butterfly.
First, Steenbergen’s 200 freestyle outing of 2:00.42 sets a new 16-year-old age group mark for the Dutch woman, giving her the victory in Drachten by over 4 seconds. The time ranks among Steenbergen’s top 5, with her fastest having been the 1:58.99 she swam to earn silver in the event in Baku at the inaugural European Games last summer.
Steenbergen’s next victim was the 100m freestyle, where she registered a time of 55.57 to wrangle in her 2nd age group record. This time surpasses the 55.91 Steenbergen scored at this same meet last year, which gave her the 15-year-old Dutch age group mark, although she’s been as fast as 53.97 while earning the gold in Baku.
Wrapping up the meet, Steenbergen also clocked victorious times across the 100 fly and 400 freestyle events, winning in marks of 1:02.35 and 4:17.44, respectively.
Steenbergen has been on a tear since arriving on the international swimming scene as a young 14-year-old. She has since continued her success through a stunning performance at the inaugural European Games last year, where she collected 1 gold and 5 silver medals. The now-16-year-old also became a senior meet bronze medalist, having earned 3rd place in the 100m IM at the European Short Course Championships in Netanya, Israel.
Look for Steenbergen to compete at the end of the month at the 2nd Dutch Grand PRix, The Hague, scheduled for February 26-28th.