2023 BELGIAN OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd
- Wezenberg Olympic Swimming Center, Antwerp, Belgium
- LCM (50m)
- World Championships Qualifier
- Recap #1
The 2023 Belgian Open Swimming Championships concluded over the weekend with several national records biting the dust when all was said and done in Antwerp.
Lucas Henveaux fired off new marks in the men’s 200m free and 400m free while Noah De Schryver hit a new Belgian standard in the men’s 200m breast. Florine Gaspard also joined the party with a new standard in the 50m breast.
- Gaspard 50m breast National Record
- Henveaux 200m free National Record
- Henveaux 400m free National Record
- De Schryver 200m breast National Record
18-year-old Roos Vanotterdijk came close to several of her national records over the course of the final 2 days of the competition.
The teen topped the women’s 400m free podium in a time of 4:10.53, a mark which checked in just over her Belgian standard of 4:09.41 put on the books in 2020.
She also snagged the 100m free title in a time of 54.56, a result which fell just .05 outside her lifetime best of 54.51 posted in February of this year. Valentine Dumont was also under 55 seconds in the race, registering 54.96 for silver.
The 100m back also fell victim to Vanotterdijk as she hit a time of 59.87. That put her own national record of 59.62 on notice, a time she scored in February of this year.
Vanotteridijk also did damage in both the 50m back and 50m fly events, grabbing the gold in each. She logged a time of 28.16 in the former and 26.60 in the latter to complete her successful open championships campaign.
Visiting swimmer Florent Manaudou of France put his sprinting prowess on display, taking both the men’s 50m free and 50m fly events with relative ease.
The 32-year-old multi-Olympic medalist posted a time of 21.98 in the 50m free to earn the sole time under the 22-second barrier. The time represents his first 21-point 50m free on the season, rendering him the 17th-fastest performer thus far.
Manaudou stopped the clock in 23.42 to win the 50m fly event by over a second. That inserts him into the list of season-best performers in slot #25.