EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, June 6. WITH the vaunted Dutch sprinters on display at the Dutch Nationals held in Eindhoven, Femke Heemskerk snuck in a national record in the women's 200 IM at the event during evening preliminary competition.
Heemskerk clocked a time of 2:15.52 to surpass the 14-year-old record of Minouche Smit set in 1996 with a 2:15.73 while competing in Drachten.
Other top names at the meet included Pieter van den Hoogenband. In the 50 free, van den Hoogenband clocked a time of 22.48 to lead qualifying over Ireland's Barry Murphy (22.79).
Aishling Cooney of Swim Ireland posted a meet record time of 2:14.59 in the women's 200 back, while teammate Melanie Nocher qualified second in 2:14.76. Additionally, Marleen Veldhuis broke the meet record in the women's 50 free with a time of 24.42. Hinkelien Schreuder (25.28) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.35) also qualified 2-3 in the event.