Mie Nielsen Adds 50 Back Win on Day 4 of Danish Open

2017 DANISH OPEN

After winning the 100 back last night, Mie Nielsen touched first in another event, the 50 back. Her bread-and-butter, sprint backstroke, Nielsen was the class of the field with a 28.22 for the win. No other swimmer broke 29 seconds, though Nielsen was off of her lifetime best of 27.63 from the 2015 Kazan World Championships. Nevertheless, she adds the 50 back to her 2017 Worlds schedule, as her time was under the FINA ‘A’ standard and she has already qualified in the corresponding 100 backstroke race.

Nielsen now ranks 10th in the world in this event, moving up from 12th.

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
6Georgia
DAVIES
GBR27.4907/26
7Holly
BARRATT
AUS27.5107/26
8Xueer
WANG
CHN27.5504/14
9Xiang
LIU
CHN27.5604/14
10Jie
CHEN
CHN27.6004/14
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Meanwhile, 19-year-old Emilie Beckman confirmed two individual swims for herself in Budapest this summer at Worlds. Beckman had already qualified for the 400 free relay after finishing fourth in the 100 free (the combined top four were under the Danish qualifying standards), and swam a 26.13 to clear the FINA ‘A’ cut in the 50 fly.

She needed to back that 50 fly up with at least a ‘B’ cut in the 100 fly tonight, and she did so with a winning time of 58.68, which was well under the ‘B’ cut and nearly an ‘A’ cut (58.47). That also slots her in as the 11th-ranked time for the 2016-17 season after being previously ranked 14th.

Other highlights

  • Anders Lie Nielsen, who swam for the University of Michigan in the States, broke 50 in the 100 free in a dramatic tie with Frederik Siem Pedersen, both touching the wall at 49.95. That’s a bit over a second away from qualifying for Worlds.
  • Signe Bro, who already qualified for Worlds as part of the 400 free relay, broke 2 minutes to take the 200 free at 1:59.38, just over a second off of the FINA ‘A’ cut. Bro, who was born in 1999, is now the 4th best performer all-time in Danish history in this event.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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