Dutch Swimmers Stolk, Busch Shine On Final Night Of North Sea Meet


Just as we saw during the first two days of competition, five new meet records were set on the final day of action at the North Sea Swim Meet in Kristiansand, Norway, with Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands setting two of them.

Stolk, who won the 200 IM on day 1 and the 100 free on day 2, doubled up on Sunday with a pair of victories in the 200 free and the 100 IM.

In the 200 free prelims he broken a 27-year-old meet record in 1:45.51, erasing Anders Holmertz‘s 1991 mark of 1:45.64, and then lowered it another full second in the final in 1:44.41. His countryman Maarten Brzoskowski (1:44.81), Great Britain’s Stephen Milne (1:44.97) and another Dutchman Stan Pijnenburg (1:45.01) were also under the old record.

Stolk’s 100 IM meet record only came in the heats, where he clocked 52.86 to knock off Philip Heintz‘s 2015 standard of 53.59. He won the final in 53.07 over Norwegian Markus Lie (53.76).

Kim Busch, also of the Netherlands, won the 50 and 100 freestyles on days 1 and 2 (setting a meet record in the 100), and added two more wins on day 3 in the 100 fly and the 100 IM.

Busch first lowered Maria Ugolkova‘s 58.02 record from last year in the heats of the 100 fly in 57.61, and then brought it down to 57.09 to win the final. Both swims were personal bests for Busch, whose previous best time stood at 57.79 from the 2016 Short Course World Championships in Windsor. Norwegian Emilie Lovberg (58.32) and German Franziska Hentke (58.58) placed 2nd and 3rd.

Busch then won the 100 IM in 59.85 over countrymate Marjolein Delno (1:01.03).

Hentke, who set a new meet record on day 1 in the 200 fly, won the timed final 400 IM to start off the final session in a meet record of 4:33.56, lowering Belgian Fanny Lecluyse‘s 2017 record of 4:35.89. That swim was just off of Hentke’s lifetime best from 2015 of 4:32.68.

Lecluyse didn’t compete in that event this year but did have a win on the final night in the women’s 50 breast, edging Norway’s Susann Bjoernsen 30.58 to 30.72.

The fifth meet record of the day came in the women’s 200 back, where Edinburgh’s Kathryn Greenslade clocked 2:06.68 to break Italian Giulia D’Innocenzo‘s 2017 mark of 2:08.66. D’Innocenzo (2:07.30) and Tessa Vermeulen (2:07.49) of the Netherlands were also under the old record.


  • Norwegian Henrik Christiansen won the men’s 400 IM in 4:14.89 over Belgian Thomas Dal (4:16.70), giving him his first win of the meet after placing 2nd to Florian Wellbrock in both the 400 and 1500 freestyles.
  • Thomas Verhoeven of the Netherlands won the men’s 100 fly in 53.01 over Brazilian Silva Nelson (54.57), getting under his old best time of 53.24.
  • Lukas Märtens of Germany won the men’s 200 back in 1:58.20, with Silva (1:59.50) picking up another runner-up finish.
  • Finland’s Ari-Pekka Liukkonen won the men’s 50 breast for the second year in a row in a time of 27.07, just under half a second off his meet record of 26.58. Denmark’s Philip Greve (27.13) and Norway’s Thomas Fardal (27.16) were 2nd and 3rd in what was a very close race.
  • Edinburgh’s Lucy Hope followed up her 100 back record on day 2 with a win in the 200 free on the final night, clocking 1:57.21 to edge out Delno (1:57.52) and Germany’s Sarah Kohler (1:57.96).

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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