WUPPERTAL, Germany, November 22. AFTER missing German long course nationals and the World Championships earlier this year, Paul Biedermann has returned to national competition with a win in the 200m freestyle on day two of German short course nationals.
Biedermann won in a time of 1:44.17. Robin Backhaus came in second, hitting the wall at 1:44.39 ahead of third-place Tim Wallburger who posted a 1:44.80. All three managed to stay under the required qualifying time for short course European Championships in Herning, Denmark next month, but Biedermann had already stated ahead of nationals that he is not going to attend the meet in Denmark to focus on the long course European Championships in Berlin next summer.
Dorothea Brandt managed to win her first title on the 100m freestyle. In a close race she beat Daniela Schreiber and won in a time of 53.68 while Schreiber came in at 53.77. Third place went to Annika Bruhn with a time of 54.17. Both Brandt and Schreiber also stayed under the required time of 54.00 that was necessary to qualify for Euros.
The 50m backstroke was won by Christian Diener who posted a time of 24.12 ahead of Carl Louis Schwarz who finished with 24.21. The third place went to Marco di Carli at 24.32. However, none of the swimmers managed to remain under the 24 second mark that was set as qualifying time for European Championships.
After already making the qualifying time in the 400m IM yesterday, Marco Koch added another possible race to enter as part of the German team today when he won the 100m breaststroke in a time of 58.27. Hendrik Feldwehr came in second at 59.04 and missed the set time by .04 seconds. Erik Steinhagen came in third at 59.08.
On the women’s side, the 100m breaststroke title went to Caroline Ruhnau She hit the wall after 1:05.80 ahead of Theresa Michalak who posted a 1:06.10 Both stayed under the set qualifying time and for Michalak it could also be another event after she already qualified for the 400m IM yesterday. The bronze medal of the race went to Julia Willers who finished with a 1:07.77.
Another race where the qualifying times for Euros were not hit was the women’s 50m butterfly where the mark of 26 seconds had to be beaten. The winner was Doris Eichhorn in 26.39. The second place went to Duel in the Pool contestant Franziska Hentke who finished with 26.79. Third was Paulina Schmiedel with a time of 27.28.
In the men’s 50m butterfly, the title went to Steffen Deibler who won the race in 22.89 with a comfortable lead ahead of second placed Maximilian Oswald who made a 23.48. Both managed to remain under the qualifying time for Euros. The third place went to Jonas Bergmann. His time of 23.54 which was not enough to qualify for Euros, but fast enough to set a new national age group record of the 17 year olds.
Jenny Mensing came out as the winner of the 200m backstroke of the women. She posted a time of 2:04.69 ahead of Junior European Champion Sonnele Oeztuerk who swam a 2:06.53, a new national age group record and two seconds faster than a national age group record she had only set at prelims in the morning. Both also made the qualifying time for Euros. The third place of the race went to Doerte Baumert who posted a 2:07.27.
The last race of the day was the women’s 400m freestyle and, same as in the 1500m freestyle yesterday, the title went to Leonie Antonia Beck who finished at 4:04.84. The second place went to Johanna Friedrich in a time of 4:06.13 just slightly ahead of third placed Sarah Koehler who posted a 4:06.32. All three of them and fourth placed Alina Jungklaus who hit the wall at 4:07.45 managed to stay under the set qualifying time and Junklaus also set a new national age group record for the 15 year olds.