Milak, Timmers, Romanchuk Among Racers At Antwerp Diamond


Short course world champion Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine will be representing Energy Standard as he takes on 6 individual events at the 2019 Antwerp Diamond Race this weekend. Taking place in Antwerp, the meet is staged in long course meters at the Wezenberg Pool and is sanctioned as an official FINA qualification meet for this summer’s World Championships.

Romanchuk is entered in the 200m free, 400m IM and 200m fly events on Saturday, followed by the 200m IM, 400m free and 100m fly events on Sunday. The 22-year-old made his mark in Hangzhou last year, taking the short course world title in the men’s 1500m freestyle, clocking a new Championship and National Record time of 14:09.14 in the process.

He’ll be joined by Energy Standard teammate and fellow Ukrainian Sergii Frolov. The 26-year-old is slated to race 5 events, including the 100m/200m/400m free, as well as the 400m IM and 200m fly.

Belgian Olympic silver medalist Pieter Timmers is expected to make an appearance across the 50m free, 100m free and 200m free, holding the top seed in the 100m free with his 48.82 from last year’s Swim Festival Bergen. His personal best remains at the 47.80 he notched for silver behind winner Kyle Chalmers of Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Youth Olympic Games multi-gold medalist and reigning World  Junior Record holder Kristof Milak is also scheduled to race, taking on the 100m/200m free, 50m/100m back and 200m fly events. His 200m fly time of 1:54.89 from last summer’s YOG in Buenos Aires still ranks as the #1 time in the world this season.

Dutch speedster Tamara van Vliet is scheduled to only race the women’s 50m freestyle, but this event will be swum knockout style for both women and men. The fastest 8 male and female swimmers will qualify for the knockout rounds during the heats on Saturday. Then the field will be narrowed down to 4 swimmers, then 2, with just 15 minutes in between rounds.

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1 year ago

Weird set of events for Frolov. Is he coming off an injury or something?

1 year ago

Milak also swims the 100 fly.

1 year ago

If to follow the link “Saturday Heat Sheets” at the top of the article and to look at the third page “Entry statistics” of this pdf file then among others one will find
Club. Code. Nation
Energy Standard International. ENERGY S. UKR
Ernest Maksumov. ENERGY S RUS

Can anybody from swimswam explain
1. What country Energy Standard belongs to: Ukraine, Russia if any
2. Who is Ernest Marsumov and why is his club goes with the same club code

Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

I think it’s only the nationality of the swimmers from the same club.

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