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.
“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.