BERLIN, Germany, May 14. THE Germany Olympic Trials closed the show with a FINA A cut time in the men's 1500 free.
Martin Grodzki cleared the FINA A cut (15:11.83) in the men's 1500 free with a winning time of 15:10.47, but will have to wait until the European Championships to find out for sure if Germany will nominate him for an Olympic spot as the internal German mark if 15:05.27 for this meet. Germany has a multiple-stage Olympic qualifying process that includes the European Championships as well as tougher initial times than just the FINA A cut. Grodzki improved to 22nd in the world with his swim. Soren Meibner (15:18.39) and Jan Wolfgarten (15:18.46) completed the top three. Sarah Kohler captured the women's 800 free title in 8:34.28, off the FINA A cut of 8:33.84. Isabelle Harle placed second in 8:37.93, while Denise Gruhn earned third in 8:48.39.
In non-Olympic distances, Caroline Ruhnau won the women's 50 breast in 31.66, touching out Laura Simon (31.70) in the process. Ruhnau's top time this year is a seventh-ranked 31.33 from March, while Simon jumped to 18th in the world rankings with her swim, that also served as a German age group standard. Margarethe Hummel, 15, placed third in 31.91 for a German age group record of her own as well.
Johannes Neumann claimed the men's 50 breast crown in 28.09, off his 19th-ranked season best of 27.98 from March. Erik Steinhagen finished second in 28.12 after posting a 27.84 to lead preliminary qualifying and move to 14th in the world rankings. Maximilian Kraus finished third in 28.51.
Alexandra Wenk topped the women's 50 fly in 26.87, a German age group record, while Sina Sutter (27.02) and Paulina Schmiedel (27.12) earned second and third. Hannes Heyl edged Steffen Deibler, 23.94 to 23.96, for the men's 50 fly title. Stefan Herbst wound up third in 24.15.