Wellbrock Completes Freestyle Sweep To Close German Nationals


The final day of competition here in Berlin kicked off with a bang, as 17-year-old Isabel Gose produced a new national record in the women’s 400m free to take gold.

Stopping the clock in a mighty 3:58.91, teen Gose’s time checks-in not only as a lifetime best, but also the fastest outing ever put up by a German female. Her time overtook the previous national record of 3:59.12 tonight’s runner-up and newly-minted 1500m free World Record holder Sarah Köhler threw down for silver at the 2017 European Short Course Championships.

Tonight, Köhler settled for silver in 4:00.46, while Julia Hassler rounded out the top 3 in 4:01.54. The top 3 finishers all dipped under the 4:05.00 qualifying time needed for this year’s European Short Course Championships set for Glasgow, Scotland on December 4th-8th. You can read more about Gose’s record-setting swim here.

The men’s 400m free saw the 1500m and 800m victor here, Florian Wellbrock, complete his sweep the distance freestyle events with a winning effort of 3:40.83. That outing easily cleared the 3:43.50 QT needed for Glasgow, as Poul Zellmann, Henning Muhlleitner and Sven Schwarz will also be joining him.

Zellmann secured silver in 3:41.20, while Muhlleitner took bronze in 3:42.14. For Schwarz, although the teen finished off the podium, he produced a 3:43.17 lifetime best to establish a new German Age Record for 17-year-olds. That was after he put up a new World Junior Record in the 800m free last night, which you can refresh yourself on here.

Another German Age Record went down tonight, courtesy of 19-year-old Angelina Köhler in the women’s 100m fly. Köhler stopped the clock in a mark of 56.95 to get her hand on the wall first in a time just over half a second off of the national record.

Splitting 26.77/30/18, Köhler’s time easily dips under the 58.10 QT for Glasgow and led Aliena Schmidtke and Lisa Hopink, who each earned qualification in respective efforts of 56.98 and 57.26.

Marius Kusch topped the men’s 100m fly podium easily in a mark of 50.21, beating Ramon Klenz and his silver medal-worthy effort of 51.24, while Heintz followed up his 100m IM victory tonight in a bronze here in 51.36.

Additional Winners:

  • The women’s 100m IM saw Jessica Steiger reap gold in a time of 59.67, registering the only sub-minute time of the field. Behind her was Zoe Vogelmann who established a new Age Record for 16-year-olds with her runner-up time tonight of 1:00.04. She already took gold in the 200m IM last night in a new Age Record as well.
  • Philip Heintz took gold in the men’s edition of 100m IM in a mark of 52.91, topping the podium by a second. Silver went to Klenz in a time of 53.99, with both men qualifying for Glasgow.
  • Steiger also won the women’s 200m breast in 2:22.21 over Malin Grosse‘s Age Record of 2:23.41. Anna Kroniger also dipped under Glasgow qualification with a bronze effort of 2:23.81 in the race.
  • Laura Riedemann too the women’s 50m back in 27.10, while Ole Braunschweig got it done for the men in 23.45.

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