Two Championship Records Fall At Eindhoven Swim Cup Day 5 Prelims


  • Wednesday April 6th-Sunday April 10th
  • Prelims -12:00 pm local (6:00 am EDT/3:00 am PDT); Finals – 9:00 pm local (3:00 pm EDT/12:00 pm PDT)
  • Psych Sheets and Results
  • Live stream

Only five events took place this morning in Eindhoven, but tonight will be jam-packed with 11 finals and three para-finals.

Germany’s Poul Zellman dominated the men’s 800 free, swimming the event in 8:06.88 and coming in nearly thirteen seconds ahead of second place.

Maaike de Waard set a new championship record in the women’s 50 back with a 28.26, edging her into the world rankings at 24th. De Waard’s swim broke her own championship record set last year, a 28.41. Kira Toussaint, no stranger to Eindhoven championship records herself, came in well behind for second with 29.04.

Sebas van Lith set his own championship record in the 200 breast, his 2:12.84 taking down the 2:13.08 mark set by Lennart Steklenburg in 2011. Ireland’s Nicholas Quinn swam the second-fastest time, a 2:13.27, and the pair led the field by almost three seconds.

Dutch championship record-holder Joeri Verlinden and his countryman Jesse Puts, also from the Netherlands, are the top two seeds after the prelims of the men’s 50 fly. They swam 24.09 and 24.21, respectively, with the third seed nearly half a second behind.

Meanwhile, in the para competition, Duncan van Haaren, Bas Branches, and Cleo Keijzer set a Netherlands IPC record apiece. Van Haaren’s record came in the S9 200 breast, which he swam in 2:33.81; Branches’s came in the S10 800 free in 8:52.64; and Keijzer’s was in the S8 50 back, a 38.68.

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Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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