2017 DANISH OPEN
- April 1-5, 2017
- Bellahoj Swimming Stadium
- Qualifying Standards for Summer Championships
- World Championship Qualifying Standards
- First of two qualifying meets, followed by Stockholm Open in a week.
- Live results
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.
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.
- 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.