Schouten Logs Dutch Record In 200 Breast On Day 2 of Rotterdam


The women’s 200m breaststroke stole the show on day two of the 2022 Rotterdam Qualification Meet.

21-year-old Tes Schouten fired off a new Dutch national record first in the heats, then in the finals to claim gold in this World Championships qualifying competition.

Schouten topped the 2breast heats with a morning outing of 2:23.93, hitting a new lifetime best in the process. Entering this Rotterdam meet, Schouten held the national record 2:26.13 she produced at this year’s Amsterdam Meet. As such, she shaved over 2 seconds off of that previous national standard en route to landing lane 4 here in Rotterdam.

In the final, Schouten managed to slice off another .26 to ultimately touch the wall in a new record of 2:23.67. Opening in 1:09.71 and closing in 1:13.96, Schouten laid waste to the 2:26.25 she logged at this year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest.

The next closest swimmer in tonight’s final was Kaylene CorbettThe South African posted a mark of 2:24.01 to snag silver, hitting the 6th fastest time of her career. Corbett owns a lifetime best of 2:22.06 from the 2020 Olympic Games, a mark which renders her South Africa’s 2nd fastest performer all-time behind Tatjana Schoenmaker.

Great Britain’s James Guy was also in the water tonight, taking on the men’s 100m fly. Guy posted a winning result of 52.10 to get his hand on the wall .26 ahead of teammate Edward Mildred.

Mildred settled for silver in 52.36 while Jacob Peters rounded out the top 3 in a result of 52.43.

Additionally on the Dutch front, 17-year-old Roos Vanotterdijk mildly upset domestic rival Kira Toussaint in the women’s 50m backstroke.

Vanotterdijk stopped the clock in a time of 28.32, getting to the wall only .01 ahead of 28-year-old Toussaint. Toussaint is still getting back to normal after having broken her finger in training at Tennessee this past October.

In the women’s 100m fly, it was 22-year-old Marrit Steenbergen who grabbed the gold. The reigning 200m free European champion touched in 58.57, hitting a big-time new lifetime best in the process.

Steenbergen’s previous personal best rested at the 59.30 she put up way back in 2017. However, splitting 27.61/30.96, Steenbergen got under the 59-second threshold for the first time in her career. In doing so, she becomes the Netherlands’ 7th fastest performer in history.

Additional Winners

  • Germany’s Zoe Vogelmann took the women’s 400m IM event, producing a time of 4:45.02.
  • The men’s 400m IM saw Thomas Jansen get it done for the top prize, registering a winning effort of 4:20.36. Of note, behind Jansen was Yaniek Weijland who clocked 4:26.14 for a new Dutch Junior Record.
  • Visiting British swimmer Jonathon Adam secured the gold in the men’s 50m back, registering a time of 25.26.

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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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