2023 DUTCH LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, June 8th – Sunday, June 11th
- Amersfoort, the Netherlands
- LCM (50m)
- World Championships Qualifier
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
- Live Results
Marrit Steenbergen is putting up some red-hot performances at this weekend’s Dutch Long Course Championships ahead of the World Championships next month in Fukuoka, Japan.
The 23-year-old standout dominated the 100-meter freestyle final on Saturday afternoon with a winning time of 52.98, dropping more than a tenth of a second off her previous-best 53.10 from the Eindhoven Qualification Meet in April. She touched first nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Milou van Wijk (54.77).
Steenbergen’s new lifetime best would have tied her for fourth at last year’s World Championships with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, who won’t be competing this summer. Last year, Steenbergen didn’t make it out of the semifinals with a 54.11 before rebounding by claiming gold at the European Championships in 53.24.
Steenbergen is just the third Dutch woman under 53 seconds in the 100 free along with Femke Heemskerk (52.69) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.75). She’s within a few tenths of Heemskerk’s national record of 52.69 from 2015.
Less than an hour after winning the 100 free, Steenbergen returned to the pool for the 200 IM final and pulled out a convincing victory in 2:10.88. She reached the wall nearly six seconds ahead of the field, not far off her personal-best 2:09.16 from April’s Eindhoven Qualification Meet, which ranks sixth in the world this season.
On Friday night, Steenbergen collected another win in the 200 free, firing off a personal-best 1:55.58 that ranks eighth in the world this season.
After not making an individual final at last year’s World Championships, Steenbergen is a legitimate threat to reach three individual finals next month in the 100 free, 200 free, and 200 IM as she currently owns a top-eight time in each event.
In other highlights from the third night of action in Amersfoort, the young ZPC Amersfoort quartet of Femke Spiering (born 2002), Rosalie Reef (born 2008), Maiike Ooms (born 2008), and Elise Hardeman (born 2001) combined to clock a winning time of 3:45.93 in the women’s 400 free relay final.
That mark took down the previous senior national club record of 3:46.10 that De Dolfijn’s quartet of Manon van Rooijen (57.82), Chantal Groot (56.26), Linda Bank (56.68), and Femke Heemskerk (55.34) set back in 2007. Spiering led off ZPC Amersfoort’s team in 56.29, Reef split 56.54, Ooms went 57.66, and Hardeman anchored in 55.44.