On the last day of the German National Championships in Berlin, Paul Biedermann, who was disappointed with his 100 free swim yesterday, swam to a new seasonal world best time in 1:45.60. His split times: 25,49; 52,12; 1:18,6ß; 1:45,60.
Marco Koch posted the 3rd time in the world so far this year in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:09.72. The German Swimming Federation (DSW) granted Biedermann, Koch and the absent Steffen Deibler (absent in Berlin because of illness) a special bonus, so they are already nominated for the Kazan roster. Because of the pre-nomination for the the so called “Elite Squad”, Koch said at a press conference earlier this week that he is going to swim the championship meet without special preparation.
Sprint specialist Dorothea Brandt took the 50 m freestyle in 24.84. Other swimmers who reached the requested nomination times at the German Nationals and now must confirm their swims at another meet before early July are:
- Alexandra Wenk, 100 fly in 58.18
- Christian vom Lehn 200 breaststroke in 2:11.13
- Vanessa Grimberg on the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.45
- Jenny Mensing 100 backstroke in 1:00.47
So far it seems that some events are going to start in Kazan without German swimmers because these 2015 German national champions didn’t reach the cuts on the last day:
- Markus Gierke, 100 fly in 53.41
- Annika Bruhn, 200 free in 1:58.55
- Jan-Philip Glania, 100 back in 54.47
- Christian Diener, 100 back in 54.52
26 swimmers made the cuts for Kazan in the first step of the qualifying process. Head Coach Lambertz will keep up all options to send all relays to Kazan – even though the German qualification times haven’t been reached.
The four days of the German national championships had a lot of ups and downs – world class swims like the ones from Paul Biedermann (200 free), Marco Koch (200 breast), Jacob Heidtmann (400 IM), Isabelle Härle (1500 free) all swam well. But on the other side some tops swimmers like Christian Diener failed to reach the nomination. As the German Head Coach emphasized in an interview, he is working with long-term concepts to get more performance stability and density in German Swimming.