Nickelsen Takes Down Danish Junior Record In SCM 50 Fly


Following up on her convincing victory in the women’s 400m freestyle last night, Helena Rosendahl Bach carried her momentum into day 2 of the 2019 Danish Open Short Course Championships.

Bach already dipped under the 4:07.50 European Short Course Championships qualifying time last night with her gold medal-worthy time of 4:04.60 and tonight she accomplished the same feat in the 200m fly. She topped the podium in a time of 2:07.06, producing a new lifetime best in the process.

Entering this competition, Bach’s PB rested at the 2:08.09 logged almost exactly a year ago. After racing her way to the top seed this morning in a time of 2:08.84, Bach threw down the only sub-2:08 mark of the field tonight in 2:07.06 to have both outings clear the 2:08.84 QT for Glasgow.

Another head-turner from last night, Mathias Zander Rysgaard, added a 2nd qualifying event to his Glasgow resume as well. Following up on his 100m free gold yesterday, Rysgaard dominated the men’s 200m free this evening, scoring a new lifetime best of 1:44.74.

His effort represents his first time ever under the 1:45 mark and his time tonight is within striking distance of the Danish National Record of 1:43.69 set by former Michigan Wolverine Anders Nielsen in 2016.

Rysgaard’s time tonight dips under the 1:45.45 QT for SC Euros, with Marcus Kroyer Svendsen also getting under the mark, albeit narrowly, in a time of 1:45.41.

Although national record holder Mie Nielsen was well off her PB of 55.99, the Olympian put up her quickest 100m back time of this year for gold in 57.94. Both she and tonight’s silver medalist Victoria Bierre, cleared the time minimum of 59.43 needed for Glasgow.

Teenager Rasmus Nickelsen proved his promise tonight in the men’s 50m fly, reaping gold in a new Danish Junior Record of 23.23. He had already dipped under his own previous junior mark of 23.53 in this morning’s heats, taking the top seed in 23.47. Tonight, however, the teen lowered the bar down to 23.23 to just miss the QT.

Nickelsen made waves at the European Youth Olympic Festival where the Dane notched a winning 100m fly time of 52.95, the only sub-53 second time of the field. That also earned him a new Danish Junior National Record.

The women’s 50m free saw Julie Jensen add gold to her 100m free victory from last night. Jensen touched the wall this evening in 24.59 to slide under the 24.76 minimum time standard. Emily Gantriis also got the job done for silver in 24.75 to make the grade.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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