Germany’s Hentke Swims World’s #1-Ranked 200 Fly in Essen

by Daniela Kapser 7

July 03rd, 2015 Europe, International, News

Germany’s top swimmers have their last chance to qualify for the Kazan roster in Essen, Germany at the German Open – today was the 3rd day of competition, Saturday is the last day and then the official team will be announced by German Head Coach Henning Lambertz.

Standing ovations from Lambertz and the audience came for a new German National Record in 2:05.26 in the 200m butterfly set by Franziska Hentke. She now ranks 1st in the 2015 World Ranking.

2014-2015 LCM Women 200 Fly

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Hentke
07/03
2:05.26
2Madeline
GROVES
AUS2.05.4104/07
3Natsumi
HOSHI
JPN2.05.5608/06
4Mireia
BELMONTE GARCIA
ESP2.05.8603/28
5Cammile
ADAMS
USA2.06.4008/06
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“I’m speechless. I felt so good but this time is incredible,“ said the 26 year old after the race. “My goal is to swim in the World Championships final in Kazan, I have never managed this at an important long course meet. I don’t want to put myself under pressure with medal expectation.“ stated the 2014 bronze medalist at the Short Course World Championships in Doha. Hentke improved  he old German record of Annika Mehlhorn by 1,2 seconds.

Tomorrow is the last day of the German Open. Almost the entire German national team is racing in Essen, some to reach the final qualification for Kazan, some as a last form test.

Read a full recap here tomorrow and don’t miss to follow our live reports on swimswamlive.

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SAXJ
7 years ago

I want to become a better swimmer

Billabong
7 years ago

I’ve always wondered how team USA swimmers qualify for a major meet, and then 6 weeks later, swim slightly faster to take gold.
If the double taper within 6 weeks is a handicap, then this is the year where we will see a huge outperformance as they are on a single taper strategy.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Billabong
7 years ago

I’ve always wondered too.
But it looks like American coaches are very used to that since a very long time.
However it doesn’t work for all American swimmers.
In 2012 it worked perfectly for swimmers like Nathan Adrian, MP, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin or Rebecca Soni who had such a big margin that they could qualify at olympic trials at only 80%. The full taper came then for London and all improved their times.
It’s only the luxury of the US biggest stars.
The others have to be at 100% at olympic trials and not all of them can replicate their performances or swim faster then.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

That’s a great performance.
But….
But it’s one month too early.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see her 2 seconds slower at worlds.

Lane Four
7 years ago

Now that is moving!

liquidassets
Reply to  Lane Four
7 years ago

Did you see that coming? I didn’t! Being ranked #1 now, she’s on course to reach her goal of finaling, at the very least.

Lane Four
Reply to  liquidassets
7 years ago

This came out of left field! Good for her!