Heidelburg German Olympic Qualifying Meet
- April 3 – April 4. 2021
- Heidelburg, Germany
- Long Course Meters (LCM)
- Meet Page
- Start lists / results
On the first of 2 days of racing at the Heidelburg German Olympic qualifier, two swimmers added their names to the Olympic roster as David Thomasberger, Fabian Schwingenschlögl, and Leonie Kullmann got under the Olympic qualification standards in the 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle, respectively.
In the 200 butterfly, Thomasberger broke his own national record of 1:55.51 which he swam in the prelims with a finals swim of 1:55.04. Not only did he swim a new national record in the event twice today, but Thomasberger also got under the Olympic qualification time of 1:56.30 with both his prelims and finals swims, earning a spot on Germany’s Olympic squad this summer.
This will be Thomasberger’s first Olympic appearance and he’ll have a shot at improving upon his 20th place finish in the 200 fly at the 2019 World Championships. There, he couldn’t quite make it past the prelims with his 1:57.31.
The swim of 1:55.04 also gives Thomasberger the 4th fastest swim worldwide this season behind Kristóf Milák’s 1:51.40, Federico Burdisso’s 1:54.41, and Tamas Kenderesi’s 1:54.64.
The second Olympic qualifier on day 1 of the meet was Fabian Schwingenschlögl who hit a 58.95 in the 100 breast to get under the required mark of 59.80. The swim was also quick enough to set a new German record in the event, beating Hendrik Feldwehr’s 2009 record of 59.15. Schwingenschlögl actually got under the qualification time twice, swimming a 59.20 in the prelims.
This is also Schwingenschlögl’s first Olympic qualification and interestingly, he, like Thomasberger placed 20th in his event at 2019 Worlds. Two years ago Schwingenschlögl swam the 100 breast in Gwangju and posted a 1:00.12 prelim swim for 20th.
The swim for Schwingenschlögl makes him the 6th fastest 100 breaststroker worldwide this season.
Leonie Kullmann raced to victory in the 400 freestyle by swimming a 4:07.44, just out-swimming the Olympic standard in the event of 4:07.50, allowing her to make her first-ever Olympic team by just 0.06 seconds.
Current German Olympic Roster (Tokyo 2020)
- Sarah Koehler – 800 / 1500 freestyle
- Florian Wellbrock – 800 / 1500 freestyle
- Marco Koch – 200 breaststroke
- Laura Riedemann – 100 backstroke
- Franziska Hentke – 200 butterfly
- Marius Kusch – 100 butterfly
- Philip Heintz – 200 IM
- Jacob Heidtmannn – 400 IM
- David Thomasberger – 200 butterfly *NEW
- Fabian Schwingenschlögl – 100 breast *NEW
- Leonie Kullmann – 400 freestyle *NEW
Christian Diener swam a 1:58.79 to win the 200 backstroke which was slower than his swim this morning of 1:57.99, as well as the Olympic standard 1:57.00.
Annika Bruhn was even closer in the women’s 100 freestyle, swimming a 55.00 for the gold medal to get within a second of the 54.10 it would take to make the team. Like Diener, Bruhn was also faster during the prelims, having hit a 54.51 during the morning session.
Timo Sorgius won the 100 freestyle event for the men with a swim of 51.10. Notably, Josha Salchow and Marek Ulrich were absent from the final, having tied for top seed in the prelims by both swimming a 50.06. All three of them trailed the Olympic cut of 48.50.
In the women’s 1500 freestyle, Celine Rieder wasn’t too far off the 16:16.00 it would have taken to make the Olympic team as she hit a 16:21.00 for the victory.
Other Day 1 Winners