ANTWERP, Belgium, May 2. ALTHOUGH the Belgium Open Championships might not have the same depth as many of the other meets this month, it certainly can boast some strong top-end swims out of Antwerp.
Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia rocketed to ninth in the SwimVortex world rankings in the women’s 50-meter fly with a winning time of 26.27. Meanwhile, Belgium’s Kimberly Buys took second in 26.42, just off her 10th-ranked season best of 26.35 from the Flanders Cup. Maaike Ramael wound up third in 27.38. Francois Heersbrandt moved to a 16th-ranked tie in the men’s 50-meter fly rankings with a winning time of 23.85. Czech’s Jan Sefl placed second tonight in 24.08, while Gilles De Wilde place third in 24.24.
Fanny Lecluyse toplined the women’s 50-meter breaststroke with a 31.63, while Kim Janssens (32.55) and Luana De Raeve (33.95) placed second and third. Belarus’ Yury Klemparski followed up with a 28.41 to win the men’s 50-meter breast. Jonas Coreelman (28.69) and Dieter Ruijten (29.01) comprised the rest of the top three.
Instead of being in Berlin to compete at long course nationals, Martina Van Berkel topped the women’s 200-meter back here at the open meet with a 2:16.42. Nele Laureys (2:18.49) and Laura Stevens (2:19.88) battled as the top swimmers from Belgium in the event.
Emmanuel Vanluchene clipped Pieter Timmers, 1:48.41 to 1:48.82, for the win in the men’s 200-meter freestyle, while Louis Croenen earned third overall in 1:48.86. Czech’s Pavel Janecek claimed the men’s 400-meter IM with a 4:24.41, while Thomas Dal (4:28.66) posted the top time out of Belgium with a second-place effort. Logan Vanhuys rounded out the podium with a 4:30.04.
Another Belarussian picked up a title as Aksana Dziamidava won the women’s 200-meter free in 2:03.82. Belgium’s Nathalie Bynens took second in 2:04.03 with Switzerland’s Noemi Girardet snagging third in 2:05.02. Lander Hendrickx won the men’s 200-meter back in 2:00.70. Nils Van Auderkerke (2:01.57) and Andrei Dabrysta of Belarus (2:05.64) touched second and third. Barbora Zavadova of Czech took the women’s 400-meter IM in 4:45.13 with Van Berkel earning her second podium of the night in 4:48.23. Jolien Vermeylen took third in 4:55.32.
Edith Mattens smashed the field in the women’s 800-meter free with an 8:56.31 for the win, while Louve Boits posted a second-place 9:11.62. Julie Cnockaert wound up third in the distance event in 9:17.95. Wesley Joris followed with a 16:06.83 to win the men’s 1500-meter free. Tunisia’s Bader Chabchoub took second in 16:12.47 with Stephane Gielkens earning third in 16:26.59.