The European Championships kicked off yesterday with synchronized swimmers already hitting the pool, while the competitive swimming portion is slated to begin on Sunday, May 22nd.
However, the Head Coach of the German National Team, Henning Lambertz, has determined that his women’s 4×100 freestyle relay will not be competing at Euros in London. Says Lambertz, “they have already had enough chances,” referring to the fact that several countries will be using the championship meet as a final opportunity to score Olympic-qualifying times and garner a lane in Rio.
German relay contenders competed both at last year’s FINA World Championships, as well as the recent German Nationals meet, and were unable to clock the qualifying time on either occasion. With the last relay-qualifying opportunity resting with the European Championships, Germany will be without 400m freestyle relay representation on the women’s side in Rio.
Lambertz fired off comments regarding the German relay squad members saying, “Compared with the world’s top (swimmers), our girls look like thin models, not athletes. “They couldn’t swim the times, they clearly lacked the power.”
“If they had given a good account of themselves in Berlin, we would have sent them, but they are not competitive.”
The German relay in Kazan last summer wound up 13th in a time of 3:41.56. More recently at the German Nationals in Berlin, the top 100m freestyle finishers of Annika Bruhn, Anna Dietterle, Helen Scholtissek and Pauline Schmiedel were 0 for 4 in terms of achieving the individual FINA qualification mark in the event. The FINA “A” cut sits at 54.43, while Bruhn notched 54.85, Dietterle clocked 55.06, Scholtissek finished 55.18 and Schmeidel earned 55.52.