Marco Koch Swims 2:09 200 Breast, Dutch Records Fall at Eindhoven Cup

2017 EINDHOVEN CUP

The first night of the Eindhoven Cup went down tonight, with some of the best swimmers in Europe present this weekend for some spring racing in the Netherlands.

Winning the 200 breast in championship record time was Marco Koch, going 2:09.07 for the win. Koch, of Germany, now ranks 2nd in the world this year, though the #1 time comes from Ippei Watanabe‘s world record 2:06.67 from January, which is well ahead of Koch’s time today.

Arno Kamminga of De Dolfijn finished 2nd in 2:10.34. That takes six tenths off of his previous best (2:10.98), which was also the old Dutch national record. He now ranks 7th in the world.

2016-2017 LCM MEN 200 BREAST

IppeiJPN
WATANABE
01/29
2.06.67*WR
2Anton
CHUPKOV
RUS2.06.9607/28
3Yasuhiro
KOSEKI
JPN2.07.1804/16
4Kevin
CORDES
USA2.07.4106/18
5Ross
MURDOCH
GBR2.07.7207/27
6Erik
PERSSON
SWE2.07.8504/11
7Ilya
KHOMENKO
RUS2.08.0904/10
8Kirill
PRIGODA
RUS2.08.1106/18
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In the 200 free, Femke Heemskerk of club PSV took the win at 1:56.62, just off of her world #4 time of 1:56.59. Coming in hot out of the B final was Marrit Steenbergen with a new Dutch 17 year age group record time of 1:57.28.

Several women had very fast sprint times in the 50s of stroke. Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Maaike de Waard, both of Dutch club PSV, broke 26 seconds in the 50 fly. Kromowidjojo got the win at 25.85, just over de Waard’s 25.88, as they now rank 3rd and 4th in the world this year.

2016-2016 LCM WOMEN 50 FLY

2Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED25.3807/29
3Farida
OSMAN
EGY25.3907/29
4Rikako
IKEE
JPN25.46*WJR08/26
5Kelsi
WORRELL
USA25.4807/29
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Meanwhile, in the women’s 50 back, Kira Toussaint broke 28 with a 27.96. She’s representing the University of Tennessee at this meet. Toussaint beat out de Waard (28.06), as the former is now ranked 5th in the world this year. On the men’s side, Marek Ulrich posted a 24.90 for the win, checking in at #3 in the world this year.

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 50 BACK

2Yuanhui
FU
CHN27.1507/27
3Aliaksandra
HERASIMENIA
BLR27.2307/27
4Emily
SEEBOHM
AUS27.3707/27
5Kathleen
BAKER
USA27.4807/26
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2016-2017 LCM MEN 50 BACK

2Justin
RESS
USA24.4106/29
3Jiayu
XU
CHN24.4204/18
4Junya
KOGA
JPN24.4407/29
5Evgeny
RYLOV
RUS24.5204/13
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Other highlights

  • Gergely Gyurta of Hungary topped the field in the men’s 400 IM. His time of 4:18.48 was one of just two men under 4:20. Patrick Staber of Austria went 4:19.31 for 2nd.
  • In the women’s 200 breast, Jessica Steiger of Germany went head-to-head with Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse. It was Steiger at the wall in a tight finish, winning at 2:25.84 to Lecluyse’s 2:25.98.

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Isabel-Marie Gose (2002) going 1.59 in the 200 Free. Giving Germany a little bit of hope after a few years devoid of any real up-and-coming stars.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studies and swims at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and has been in the pool ever since. He misses Vine.

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