Signe Bro Takes Women’s 100 Free To Make Danish Gwangju Roster


Just one swimmer nailed a World Championships-worthy time at Taastrup Swimming Center tonight to kick-off the 2019 Danish Open. Competing in the women’s 100m freestyle, Signe Bro fired off a time of 54.34 to lead the women in the only sub-55 second time of the field.

Splitting 26.21/28.13, Bro’s 54.34 effort dipped under the selection standard of 54.49 and qualifies the 20-year-old European Championships relay bronze medalist for this summer’s World Championships.

Bro’s time tonight was close to her season-best of 54.01, a time that doubles as her lifetime best. She produced that outing at the Edinburgh International Meet last month and the time inserted Bro into the list of all-time Danish performers at #3.

Behind Bro in the race was Julie Jensen, who finished in 55.06, as well as Emily Gantriis who touched in 55.61. 4th place went to Emilie Beckmann, who finished in 55.69. The collective outings of the top 4 should be enough to clear the way for a Gwangju bid in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Finishing off the relay was Olympian Jeanette Ottesen, who stopped the clock in 55.72 for 5th place. That’s a respectable outing for the 31-year-old the Olympic medalist who gave birth to a daughter in December 2017 and has just recently gotten back into international racing.

Additional Winners:

  • Matilde Schroder took the women’s 50m breast in 31.50, but needed 31.22 to make the Worlds roster.
  • Mathias Zander Rysgaard hit the wall in 1:49.61 to win the men’s 200m free in the only time under the 1:50-barrier He needed 1:47.40 to make it to Gwangju, however.
  • Helena Rosendahl Bach came away with gold in the women’s 1500m free in 116:42.92, but fell just about 10 seconds shy of the 16:32.04 QT.
  • Alexander Gliese took the men’s 100m back gold in 55.76, over 1 1/2 seconds outside the 54.06 time needed to qualify.
  • Jacob Jorgensen won the men’s 200m breast in 2:16.73, but needed 2:11.00 for Gwangju qualification.

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4 years ago

The Danes have a potentially very handy 4×1 if Jeanette can get back towards her best.

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