AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, October 26. THE first day of the Dutch short course meters national championships featured two decisive victories by Olympian Sharon van Rouwendaal.
Van Rouwendaal swam a 2:05.77 to win the women's 200 backstroke by five seconds over Annemarie Worst, who placed second in 2:10.81. Robin Neumann was third with a 2:14.84. Van Rouwendaal, who placed 11th in this event at the London Olympics, ranks in the top five globally, with Ukraine's Daryna Zevina holding the world best of 2012 with a 2:02.99. The swim also gave van Rouwendaal a meet record.
Van Rouwendaal finished the day with a win in the 200 butterfly in 2:13.68, almost six seconds ahead of runner-up Malissa van de Heuvel, who touched in 2:19.54. Linda Kamperman was third in the race with a 2:24.05.
The meet started with a win by Dion Dreesens in the men's 400 freestyle with a 3:46.77. Maarten Brzoskowski placed second with a junior national record of 3:50.31, while Joeri Verlinden, known mostly as a sprint butterflyer, placed third with a 3:51.72.
Rieneke Terink won the women's 400 freestyle with a 4:04.64, well ahead of Esmee Vermeulen's second-place time of 4:14.27. Leonie van Noort was third with a 4:15.95.
In the men's 200 back, Jurjen Willemsen got to the wall first with a 1:58.65, holding off Jos de Graaf, who finished second with a 1:59.73. Ensger Kotterink placed third with a 2:02.30.
Three swimmers broke the one-minute barrier in the men's 100 breaststroke, with Bram Dekker getting the win with a 59.43. Sebas van Lith was right behind for second with a 59.84 and Timon Evenhuis was third in 59.95. In the women's 100 breast, Anouk Elzerman had no trouble securing the win with a 1:07.89, ahead of Tessa Brouwer's 1:08.63. Lieke Verouden was third with a 1:11.99.
Verlinden got to the top of the podium in today's action with a close win in the 200 butterfly over Fabian Beimin, 1:58.47 to 1:58.59. Verlinden participated in the 100 fly at the London Olympics, finishing in sixth place, so look for him to shine in that event tomorrow. Third place in the 200 fly today was Lars Schoffelmeer with a 2:07.58.
Jasper van Mierlo captured the men's 50 freestyle title with a 21.68, a new meet record. Second with a 22.30 was Joost Reijns, and Jeroen Baars was third with a 22.41. In the absence of Olympic medalists Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Marleen Veldhuis, Inge Dekker and others, Maud van der Meer was able to win the women's 50 free with a 24.77, just ahead of Tamara van Vliet's 24.98. Ilse Kraaijveld was third with a 25.07.
Sebas van Lith won the men's 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.12, using a strong back half to pass Mike Marissen, who placed second with a 1:58.62. Kyle Stolk was third with a junior national record time of 2:00.14.
Wendy van der Zanden wrapped up individual competition with a victory in the women's 200 IM with a time of 2:12.87, well ahead of Esmee Bos' 2:15.25 and Marjolein Delno's 2:16.86.
The Eiffel swim team won the 800 free relay in a junior national record time of 7:29.20. The foursome of Lucas Greven, Stan Pijenburg, Kyle Stolk and Maarten Brzoskowski were never challenged, finishing 13 seconds ahead of AZ&PC's runner-up time of 7:42.67. De Dolfijn was third in 7:52.88.
The women swam the 400 freestyle relay today, featuring Eiffel scoring a 1-2 finish in times of 3:42.61 and 3:44.59. AZ&PC was second in 3:50.79.