Germany’s Sven Schwarz Logs 3:45.92 Personal Best 400 Free At Nationals

2023 GERMAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The fourth and final day of racing at the German National Swimming Championships brought some quick performances by athletes nearly ready to leave for this month’s World Championships.

Lucas Matzerath attempted to double up on his 100m breaststroke victory from two nights ago but was relegated to silver by a standout performance by Melvin Imoudu.

24-year-old Imoudu unleashed the fastest time of his career in 26.79 both in the morning and again in the final to get to the wall first. In the process, he notched a new German national record, overtaking the 26.83 Hendrik Feldwehr put on the books during the 2009 super suit era.

Matzerath settled for silver in the sprint this evening, clocking 27.20 while Noel De Geus rounded out the podium in 27.48.

Rafael Miroslaw nabbed gold in the men’s 100m freestyle in a time of 48.62 as the only swimmer under the 49-second threshold.

The 22-year-old opened in 23.26 and closed in 25.26 to grab the top spot, registering the 5th-quickest result of his career.

Miroslaw is the German national record holder in this 1free event, owning a lifetime best of 47.92 from the 2022 Berlin Open to represent the first-ever man from his nation to dip under the 48-second threshold.

21-year-old Sven Schwarz produced the quickest 400m freestyle of his career, stopping the clock in a rapid 3:45.92. His result this evening overtook his previous PB of 3:46.56 notched at the Berlin Swim Open this past April.

Of his performance, Schwarz stated,  “I am very satisfied. It’s great to see that what you’re doing is bearing fruit.

“Of course, I want to spur on the other guys who are starting at the World Championships this year, then next year. In any case, it makes no sense to bury your head in the sand at times like this.”

Schwarz’s performance now renders him the 11th fastest performer in the world this season.

2022-2023 LCM Men 400 Free

SamuelAUS
Short
07/23
3:40.68
2Ahmed
Hafnaoui
TUN3:40.7007/23
3Lukas
Martens
GER3:42.2007/23
4Elijah
Winnington
AUS3:43.4806/13
5Guilherme
Costa
BRA3:43.5807/23
6Kim
Woomin
KOR3:43.9207/23
7Antonio
Djakovic
SUI3:44.2207/23
8Petar
Mitsin
BUL3:44.31 WJR07/09
9Daniel
Wiffen
IRL3:44.3504/13
10Marco
De Tullio
ITA3:44.6904/13
11Felix
Auboeck
AUT3:44.1407/23
12Olivier
Klemet
GER3:45.3404/23
13David
Johnston
USA3:45.7506/30
14Kieran
Smith
USA3:45.7707/23
15Sven
Schwarz
GER3:45.9207/09
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Additional Winners

  • Leonie Martens topped the women’s 800m free podium in a time of 8:31.47. That beat her previous lifetime best of 8:31.94 notched this past April to place 3rd at the Berlin Swim Open.
  • The women’s 100m freestyle saw Nele Schulze grab gold in a result of 55.23, getting to the wall .39 ahead of runner-up Hannah Kuchler who clocked 55.62. Julia Mrozinski rounded out the podium in 55.97 for bronze as the only other racer under the 56-second barrier. Schulze’s gold medal-worthy outing out-performed her previous PB of 55.32 collected at the Berlin Swim Open in April.
  • Kim Herkle was the quickest women’s 200m breaststroker this evening, earning gold in a time of 2:27.27. Of note, Anna Elendt dropped out of the event due to a thigh strain, preferring to rest her body in preparation for this month’s World Championships.
  • No man broke the 2:00 barrier in the 200m IM, as Ramon Klenz hit 2:00.63 to claim the top spot.
  • Lara Seifert earned 200m fly gold for the women, hitting 2:12.64 to win the event by over 3 seconds.

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Ceccon - Kamminga - Milak - Popovici
7 months ago

Men’s 400 free will be amazing race in Fukuoka.

Sawdust

You might be right, but Schwarz won’t be part of it (he didn’t qualify).

Sawdust
7 months ago

1) It is Oliver Klemet and not Olivier Klemet (guy ranked 8th in the 400 free).
2) Sucks for Schwarz that he didn’t qualify for worlds despite swimming 3:45 (11th in the world), 7:43 (6th in the world) and 14:49 (10th in the world). Hopefully he can produce some good times at the U23 European championships.
3) Excited to see what Leonie Märtens will do at the U23 European championships. She swam great times in the 400 free (4:07) and the 1500 free (16:08). Her time in the 800 free was rather disappointing. Based on her performances in the 400 and 1500 free I expected 8:24 or 8:25, but maybe she was tired. Nice to see that Gose… Read more »

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