Steenbergen Star of Dutch Junior and Youth Championships

15 year old Marrit Steenbergen took down three 15 and under and youth national records on the weekend at the Dutch Junior and Youth Championships in Eindhoven.

Steenbergen won the women’s 15 and under 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events all in record time. She posted a 25.34 in the 50, a 54.07 in the 100 and a 1:59.29 in the 200 breaking the 15 and under, youth and competition records in all three events.

Steenbergen has made some pretty impressive improvements over the last year. Her best times coming into the season were:

  • 50 freestyle – 26.47
  • 100 freestyle – 56.93
  • 200 freestyle – 2:04.03

With her winning time in the 100 freestyle Steenbergen was only one one-hundredth of a second off of the Dutch qualifying standard for Kazan.

Tes Schouten was also impressive in the same age group sweeping the breaststroke events. Schouten set new national age group records in both the 50 (32.27) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.85) while setting a new competition record in the youth category posting a time of 2:38.17.

On the men’s side Caspar Corbeau had outstanding results in both the 14 and under 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Corbeau broke the 14 and under national record and the competition record in the junior 2 category. He took the 100 in a time of 1:07.65 and the 200 in a time of 2:25.92.

In the 16 and under age group Nyls Korstanje took down both the national age group and meet records in the men’s 50 freestyle putting up a time of 23.54. Korstanje also broke the junior 4 competition record in the 100 butterfly posting a time of 55.90.

Full results can be found here.

A breakdown of the Dutch age group categories can be found here.


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6 years ago

Just a side note, Caspar Corbeau holds the national age group record (US) in the 11-12 200 yard free relay as a part of the Tualatin Hills Swim Club.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

54.07 in the 100 free at 15? Almost 3 seconds dropped in one season!
Another Dutch sprint star in the making for that little country! Amazing!
At this pace of improvement she will swim 53 low next year!
Imagine the relay with Heemskerk, Ranomi, Steenbergen and Dekker!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

I didn’t know her. Her progression is stunning. 😯

Her 3 huge performances in video.

50 free

bobo gigi
6 years ago
bobo gigi
6 years ago
6 years ago

marrit steenbergen has been making big progress in the 50-200 freestyles. By next year( when she,s 16 ) she may be swimming a 53 high in the 100 free and a 1:57 in the 200 free.

6 years ago

Bobo Gigi I,m surprised that you didn’t know marrit steenbergen. She,s been breaking dutch age group records in the 100 and 200 freestyles every year since she was 13 (two years ago).

bobo gigi
Reply to  carlo
6 years ago

I don’t know all age group record holders from all over the world! 😆 😆
I’m specialized in US and French age group records. And that’s enough work like that! 🙂

I think you are a little too conservative about your 100 free time prediction for next year.
Come on! She has almost dropped 3 seconds in one year! 😆 She must be able to drop another second in the next year.
I don’t know if you are Dutch and follow well Dutch swimming but in your opinion, who will be the best 4th name to go with Heemskerk, Ranomi and that young star in the olympic relay team? The veteran Dekker or the younger Maud van… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Well, I’m Dutch and at this moment i would add Dekker to the team. Esmee Vermeulen hasn’t made a whole lot of progress the past 2 years or so, and Maud van der Meer is a good swimmer but she is still slower than Dekker is, so I’d put Dekker on the team.

6 years ago

i,m not dutch. I just know marrit stenbergen because of her age group records. Actually i know maud van der meer but not esmee vermeulen. I think esmee vermeulen is 19 (born in 1996). maud van der meer was born in 1992 making her 23. I think they both have a higher upside compared to Inge dekker because they are younger. So I,ll put the future dutch quartet as feemke heemskerk, ranomi kromowidjojo, marrit steenbergen and esmee vermeulen. Maud van der meer and Inge dekker could be back ups to swim prelims.

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