The final day of competition at the 2012 German Olympic Trials was predominantly about wrapping up the non-Olympic 50m National Championships of the meet, but there were some eyes fixed as well on the distance freestyles. There, the last Olympic spots were up for bid.
In both races, there were swimmers within range of the German required marks, but in both cases the swimmers fell short.
That first started with Martin Grodzki, who trains in the US at the University of Georgia, in the 1500 free. He won in a 15:10.47, which clears the FINA Automatic Qualifying time, but not Germany’s standard of the top 10 from last year’s World Championships.
Just like in the 400 free, Grodzki slashed four seconds off of his lifetime best in this event, but unless he is granted a waiver by the federation (he was already at least granted one – though that was a much more borderline case), he won’t be on the Olympic Team. It seems as though we’re going to feel the effects of this perhaps in 2015 or 2016; as these young swimmers are left home from the Olympics, there is the potential that either their enthusiasm for the sport could wane, or that they will lose some huge international experience.
The standard in the 1500 was 15:05.27.
In the women’s 800, Sarah Kohler continued to shine with a best time of 8:34.28, which missed both the FINA A and German qualifying times. Open water star Isabelle Harle also fell short, with an 8:37.93.
And the most notable of the non-Olympic results was that of Alexandra Wenk in the 50 fly with a 26.87. In an event where the Germans are fairly good, this broke another National Age Group Record for her for 18 & unders.Former LSU butterflier Hannes Heyl won the 50 fly title in 23.94, ahead of Steffen Deibler in 23.96.