THISTED, Denmark, November 24. A budding superstar began to take center stage as 15-year-old Mie Nielsen downed a pair of Danish junior records in spectacular fashion during the first night of the Danish Short Course Nationals. Meanwhile, the Danish senior record fell in the men's 400 free relay.
Nielsen set a Danish junior record in the sprint medley with a 59.97 for the win in the women's 100 IM. That time crushed her previous standard of 1:01.55, and jumped her to 11th in the world rankings this year. Jeanette Ottesen placed second in 1:00.23 for 13th in the rankings, while Rikke Moller Pedersen finished third in 1:01.28.
Nielsen doubled up with another Danish junior record with a 58.86 in the women's 100 back. That swim smashed Pernille Larsen's 2008 standard of 59.30, and moved Nielsen to 19th in the world rankings. Larsen touched second tonight in 1:01.02, while Kristina Thomsen placed third in 1:02.16.
Jakob Andjkaer, Daniel Skaaning, Morten Klarskov and Soren Dahl teamed up to take down the Danish senior record with a 3:15.42 in the men's 400 free relay. That swim eclipsed the 3:16.87 set back in 2009 by a team from Esbjerg Elite Swimming.
Ottesen bounced back with a victory in the women's 50 free with a 24.38. That swim pushed her to 12th in the world rankings. Pernille Blume placed second in 25.07, while Kelly Riber Rasmussen earned third in 25.60. Jakob Andkjaer hit the wall in 21.95 to win the men's 50 free. Nikolaj Kirketerp-Moller took second in 22.70, while Soren Dahl finished third in 22.83.
Chris Christensen won the men's 100 back in 54.65, while Morten Bak Hansen took second in 54.87. Marcus Bak rounded out the top three in 55.49. Swimming exhibition in the men's 100 back, Aschwin Wildeboer Faber clocked a 51.22. That swim missed his top-ranked effort of 50.23 from the Berlin stop of the World Cup. Christensen doubled up with a 2:09.98 to win the men's 200 breast. Emil Klingberg took second in 2:14.82, while David Adelskov earned third in 2:17.89.
Daniel Skaaning won the men's 100 IM in 54.62, while Niklas Hedegaard took second in 55.47. Martin Mathiesen placed third in 57.68. Frans Johannessen claimed the men's 400 free in 3:46.16. Anders Lie earned second in 3:51.07, while Viktor Bromer finished third in 3:51.13.
Lotte Friis cruised to victory in the women's 800 free with an 8:20.10. She's been much faster this year with a third-ranked 8:16.99 from the Berlin stop of the World Cup. Mathilde Riis Sorensen took second in 8:43.14, while Mathlide Huss-Hansen finished third in 8:48.82.
Pedersen dominated the women's 200 breast in 2:22.81, well off her ninth-ranked season best of 2:20.91 from Berlin. Katrine Holm Sorensen took second in 2:27.41, while Julie Leth-Espensen finished third in 2:28.81.
In other relay action, Pernille Juel, Katrine Holm Sorensen, Amalie Emma Thomsen and Pernille Larsen won the women's 400 free relay in 3:44.97.