EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, April 12. ALTHOUGH it isn’t a full blown nationals, the Eindhoven Cup is still producing some incredible times out of The Netherlands. Tonight, a pair of top-ranked efforts were clocked at the meet.
Joeri Verlinden vaulted to the top of the SwimVortex world rankings in the men’s 100-meter fly with a 52.03 for the win. Evgeny Korotyshkin finished a distant second in 53.57 with Daniel Steen Andersen taking third in 53.78.
Jennie Johansson bettered her top-ranked time of 30.84 in the women’s 50-meter breast with a 30.73 for the win tonight, while Moniek Nijhuis joined her under 31 seconds with a 30.93 for second. That put her fourth in the world rankings. Rikke Moller Pedersen placed third in 31.08.
Velimir Stjepanovic grabbed seventh in the world rankings with a 1:46.87 for the win in the men’s 200-meter free, while Sebastiaan Verschuren posted a second-place time of 1:47.21 to just miss the top 10 in the world. Dion Dreesens snared third in 1:47.79. Caba Siladji captured the men’s 50-meter breaststroke crown in 27.50 for seventh in the world rankings, while Ioannis Karpouzlis (27.77) and Hendrik Feldwehr (27.95) took second and third in the sprint breast event.
Faroe Islands’ Pal Joensen cruised to victory in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle this evening with a 15:19.20, while Maarten Brzoskowski placed a distant second in 15:26.21. David Brandl rounded out the top three in 15:36.81.
Franziska Hentke nearly moved into the top 10 in the world with a 2:08.90 to win the women’s 200-meter fly. Meanwhile, Sharon van Rouwendaal took second in 2:10.02 to chop more than two seconds off the Dutch national record of 2:12.33 set by Conny van Bentum way back in 1988. That was the oldest Dutch record in the books. Claudia Hufnagl earned third in 2:14.19. Van Rouwendaal returned in the women’s 400-meter freestyle to win the event in 4:09.18, while Esmee Vermeulen took second in 4:13.29. Rieneke Terink snagged third in 4:14.67.
In semifinal action, Sarah Sjostrom became just the second swimmer under 53 seconds in the women’s 100-meter free this year with a 52.93. Only Cate Campbell has been faster with a 52.68. Femke Heemskerk (53.39) and Ranomi Kromowidjoj (53.77) will bracket Sjostrom in the finale.