BERLIN, Germany, June 1. THE second day of long course meter action at the German World Championship Trials produced some sterling world-ranked swims as well as one meet title.
Isabelle Harle captured the women's 800 free title, the only individual event up for grabs on day two, with a winning 8:34.83. Sarah Kohler finished second in 8:41.97, while Elisa Thimm picked up third in 8:47.19.
Martin Kutscher, Stefano Razeto, Lukasz Wojt and Marco Di Carli won the men's 800 free relay in 7:25.02.
The meet is set up to backload finals to this weekend for a more exciting television broadcast. Preliminary qualifying dominated the rest of the day.
Hendrik Feldwehr vaulted into third in the men's 50 breast rankings with a 27.34 in preliminary qualifying. Only Cameron van der Burgh (27.24) and Felipe Silva (27.32) have been faster this year. Erik Steinhagen qualified second in 27.93 to take 19th in the world rankings, while Johannes Neumann placed third in 28.32.
Steffen Deibler improved his fifth-ranked season best in the men's 50 fly with a 23.46 in qualifying. His previous best had been a 23.58 from last month. He did not move up the rankings though, as Roland Schoeman's 23.43 from April still stands fourth. Hannes Heyl qualified second in 24.24, while Philip Heintz touched third in 24.42.
Helge Meeuw took sixth in the world rankings in the men's 100 back with a top-seeded time of 53.76. Marco Di Carli finished second in 55.08, while Jan-Philip Glania qualified third in 55.20.
Britta Steffen jumped to 13th in the world overall in the women's 100 free with a top-seeded time of 54.48 in prelims. Daniela Schreiber qualified second in 55.03, while Silke Lippok finished third in 55.09.
Caroline Ruhnau clocked a 31.73 in the women's 50 breast prelims for 23rd in the world. Sarah Poewe (31.92) and Laura Simon (32.06) picked up the second and third seeds.
Markus Deibler topped qualifying in the men's 100 free with a 48.97 to move to 24th in the world rankings. Marco Di Carli qualified second in 49.18, while Steffen Deibler took third in 49.56.
Tim Wallburger led the way in the men's 200 fly prelims with a 1:58.26 with Melvin Herrmann qualifying a distant second in 2:02.11. Franziska Hentke followed in the women's 200 fly with a 2:12.45 for the top seed. Lena Kalla qualified second in 2:13.09.
Martin Grodzki (3:52.29), Christian Kubusch (3:52.34) and Paul Biedermann (3:52.56) clinched the top three seeds in the men's 400 free qualifying. Marco Koch (2:12.80) and Christian Vom Lehn (2:12.84) both cleared 2:13 to take the center two lanes in the men's 200 breast finale.
Poewe also qualified in the women's 200 breast with a top-seeded 2:27.93. Vanessa Grimberg earned the second seed with a 2:29.78. Silke Lippok posted a 1:01.85 for the top seed in the women's 100 back with Jenny Mensing close behind in second with a 1:01.93.
Sina Sutter nabbed the top seed in the women's 50 fly in 27.28, while Paulina Schmiedel finished second in 27.31 during qualifying.