Danish sprinter Jeanette Ottesen has tied her own National Record with a 24.54 in the 50 long course meter freestyle at the Eastern Danish Championships in East Kilbride today. That matches the time that the 27-year old Ottesen swam in the semifinal of the 2013 World Championships last summer, where she ultimately was slower and in 5th place in the final.
Ottesen began development of a new freestyle stroke shortly after the 2012 Olympics, training under the new National Team coach in Denmark Shannon Rollason. So far, as she continues to get better, it appears as though that stroke is settling in well given that she’s going best times in late February already at 27 years old.
19-year old Pernille Blume took 2nd in that race in 25.63, and Julie Kepp Jensen, who is only 13 years old, was 3rd in an impressive 25.79.
Gray also won the 50 fly in 25.62, which breaks her own Danish Record of 25.69 set in 2010. She was only three-tenths behind the winner of the men’s 50 fly at this meet.
Jensen’s second win came in the 50 backstroke, where she was a 29.70 – hot on the tails of the great Dane Mie Nielsen’s Junior Record, with a few years still to chase it down.
Among other winners on the first day of this five day meet was Pal Joensen, who took the 400 free in 3:54.64, beating Anton Ipsen‘s 3:58.16.
Rikke Moeller Pedersen won the women’s 50 breaststroke in 31.20, beating out Cecile Holten who at 17 was a 32.44.