Newcomer Jacob Heidtmann Swims to 2nd in the World in 400 IM in Germany, But Still Expects More

by Daniela Kapser 19

April 09th, 2015 Europe, International, News

2015 German National Championships

  • World Championship Qualifying Meet, 50 Meter Pool
  • Berlin Germany
  • April 9th-12th (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Meet Central: here
  • Live results: here

First finals, first chances to grab a spot on the German team for the World Championships in Kazan on Thursday in Berling. 18 year-old Leonie Antonia Beck took the first win of the evening with a 8:27,37 in the 800 free, in second came Sarah Köhler with also a fast time: 8:28,23, which places her now 7th in the early season world ranking right behind the new German Champion Beck – who said after the race that her goal was to reach the qualification time – and that any less would have been a “disappointment” because of good training achievements during the last six months.

Sören Meißner set the pace in the 1500 free men and touched the wall in 15:04,93 – his entry in the world top 10. 19 year-old Austrian Felix Auböck, who trains with SG Neukölln Berlin, set a new Austrian record with a courageous race in 15:05,48 – ranks now 7th in the world. With 15.06,01 Ruwen Straub also made it in the 2015 World rankings top 10.

Franziska Hentke swam a lifetime best on the 400 IM in 4:42,78, inside the required German nomination despite the 400 IM not being her best race. Her signature stroke is butterfly.

The best performance of the evening was a very fast 400 IM race by Jacob Heidtmann with 4:13,28  – placed him not only second in the world ranks – his race also showed that Germany’s swimmers have put a focused in the longer distances. In an after race interview, the new German Champion said: “I’am very pleased with my time – but the fly wasn’t perfect, there is room to improve.”

2014-2015 LCM Men 400 IM

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Friday’s schedule:
50 back women, men
50 breast women, men
400 free women, men
50 fly women, men
4 x 100 free (swim clubs) women, men

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5 years ago

Hintze with a 4:16. Very impressive for a 16 year old.

5 years ago

No comment about hintze 4.16.58 or wedel 4.16.63? Hintze probably one of the fastest 15 year olds in history, he will probably swim at 2015 wc. Wedel was 0.05 too slow, otherwise he wouldve qualified instead of hintze. Also worth a note: Heidtmann was at 15.15 at 1500 free in early march, but sadly he had to decide if he wants to swim 400 IM or 1500 free today. I think he couldve been at sub 15 today, considering that he was 4.18 in 400 IM when he was 15.15 at 1500 free and now he was at 4.13 in 400 IM, he seems to have improved his endurance considerably. In general these times shouldnt be overestimated, since berlin is… Read more »

5 years ago

Beck is still 17 years old, she turns 18 at 27th of may. Hintze turns 16 at 9th of july.