Fanny Lecluyse Nabs Gwangju-Worthy Time On Belgian C’ships Day 1

2019 BELGIAN OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

National Record holder, Olympic medalist and newly-minted FINA Champions Series gold medalist Pieter Timmers wasn’t in the water on day 1 of the 2019 Belgian Open Swimming Championships, but there was plenty of action going down in Antwerp.

18-year-old Axana Merckx took on the tough 200m back and 400m IM double for the women, claiming gold in each event. Merckx notched a time of 2:18.19 in the former event and 4:55.31 in the latter to collect double victories to kick-off her campaign.

Visiting Hungarian teen Ajna Kesely was also in the water, producing a time of 8:49.83 in the women’s 800m free for the win. That’s well off her season-best of 8:27.60 that garnered the teen gold at last year’s Youth Olympic Games, but enough to handily hold off the Belgian field here.

The only World Championships qualifying time met on day 1 came in the form of veteran Fanny Lecluyse‘s time of 30.92 in the women’s 50m breast. That easily dipped under the 31.22 minimum mark for Gwangju, as well as moves the Short Course World Championships bronze medalist into slot #13 the season’s world rankings.

Lilly King By Jack Spitser

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 50 BREAST

LillyUSA
KING
05/31
29.63
2Yuliya
EFIMOVA
RUS29.9305/31
3Molly
HANNIS
USA30.4005/31
4Benedetta
PILATO
ITA30.4206/06
5Martina
CARRARO
ITA30.4504/06
6Jhennifer
CONCEICAO ALVES
BRA30.4704/21
7Alia
ATKINSON
JAM30.5804/13
8Imogen
CLARK
GBR30.6802/16
9Sarah
VASEY
GBR30.7204/16
10Ida
HULKKO
FIN30.8204/13
10Jessica
Hansen
AUS30.8204/11
12Satomi
SUZUKI
JPN30.8804/08
13Jessica
VALL
ESP30.8904/06
14Sophie
HANSSON
SWE30.9504/13
15Annie
LAZOR
USA30.9603/08
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Additional Winners on Day 1:

  • The men’s 200m free saw Alexandre Marcourt lead the field in a tie of 1:49.48, off his season-best of 1:48.88 from January’s Euro Meet. The women’s edition of the race saw Valentine Dumont take gold in 1:59.60, while Kesely earned her 2nd medal of the night in 2:00.13 for silver.
  • Thomas Dal wrapped up the men’s 400m IM victory in 4:22.98.
  • Kimberly Buys, new member of the ISL Team Aqua Centurions, produced the fastest 100m fly for the women, topping the podium in 59.74.
  • Louis Croenen put down a winning time of 53.78 for the men’s 100m fly.
  • Visiting Dutch athlete Ties Elzerman hit the wall first in the men’s 50m breast in 27.99.
  • The men’s 1500m free saw Logan Vanhuys clocked the quickest mark in 15:59.25.

 

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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