AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, October 28. THE third and final day of the Dutch National Championships wrapped up today in Amsterdam. Young Kyle Stolk added to his collection of National Age Group Records on the final night, as did a number of youth swimmers.
16-year-old Kyle Stolk, the young breakout star of the meet, set another National Age group record in the men's 100 meter freestyle. He clocked a 49.56 in his final swim, capturing fourth place amongst the field. Gold went to Joost Reijns with a 48.74, about a half-second improvement from his morning swim, and silver went to Jasper van Mierlo with a 49.00. Dion Dreesens rounded out the top three with a 49.49.
On the women's side, Eiffel's Maud van der Meer won the sprint with a 53.71, a bit off her morning 53.38, but still good enough to capture gold. Saskia de Young came in second with a 54.11, a big improvement from her 55.40 morning effort, and Ilse Kraaijeveld rounded out the top three with a 54.34.
Jurjen Willemsen far outstripped the competition, and his morning's 56.02 effort, racing to a 53.22 for the win. His nearest competitor was Sverre Eschweiler, who took home silver with a 55.46. Bronze went to Laurent Bams with a 56.69.
Kira Toussaint broke a National Age Group Record for 18-year-olds on the way to winning the sprint backstroke. She shaved several tenths off her morning's 58.52, touching the wall at a 58.36. Second went to London Olympian Sharon Rouwendaal, with a 59.24, who previously captured national titles in the 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly and 100 butterfly. Wendy vd Zanden won bronze with a respectable 1:01.03.
The men saw a tie for first in the sprint event. Bram Dekker and Timon Evenhuis both touched the wall at 27.33, winning double golds and the joint National Champion title. Their effort outstripped bronze-medal winner Roy Smeenge by over a second, who touched the wall at a 28.44.
Anouk Elzerman dominated the field by over a second, capturing gold with a 31.14. Lotte Goosen and Tessa Brouwer battled for silver, with Goosen touching the wall several hundredths ahead of Brouwer, 32.23 to 32.28.
Women's 400 IM:
Rieneke Terink won gold in the marathon event, far outstripping her nearest competition for the title. She swam a 4:41.20 for the honors. However, second place winner Marjolein Delno had a remarkable swim in the event, dropping nearly 11 seconds from her preliminary swim and setting a new 18-year-old Age Group Dutch National Record. Third place went to Cynthia Verkaik, with a 4:53.63.
London Olympian Joeri Verlinden won the sprint butterfly, touching the wall with a 23.66. Second place honors went to Mike Marissen, who swam a 23.97 and third went to Jeroen Baars with a 24.34. Although he placed sixth in the event, it is worth mentioning that Kyle Stolk captured yet another Dutch National Age Group Record in the event, touching the wall in a 24.53.
Although Kelly Young won the Championship title for the women with a 26.62, the real honors go to Maaike de Waard, who set a new 16-year-old National Age Group Record in the event. She took off nearly half a second from her preliminary swim to capture silver in a 26.86. Third place went to Tamara van Vliet with a 26.97.
Men's 1500m freestyle:
17-year-old Martin Brzoskowski scorched his way through the water to a new National Age Group Record in the distance event. He smashed his 15:54.21 entry time, setting a new mark at 15:20.66. Davy Verreuseel came in a distant second with a 15:43.06, while Vincent Moolhuijsen took home bronze with an even more distant 16:21.17.
Men's 4x100m medley relay/ Women's 4×200 freestyle relay:
The National Championships ended with the men's 4×100 medley relay and women's 4×200 freestyle relay. The Eiffel A-team took home gold in the men's medley, with a 3:36.23, adding to their relay title the previous night. Silver went to the Dolphin A-team, with a 3:37.24, and a distant third went to the AZ&PC A-team at a 3:44.56. The Eiffel B-team nearly reached the medal podium, but instead captured fourth with a 3:45.59. Their biggest consolation was that the team of Bjorn Scherbeijn, Joep van Grunsven, Kyle Stolk and Martin Brzoskowski set a new National Age Group Record in the process.
On the women's side, Eiffel Swimming again captured the Championship title. They smashed their nearest competition by over 17 seconds, clocking an 8:02.29 for the win. Second place honors went to The Dolphins, with an 8:19.77, and AZ&PC won bronze at an 8:25.44
Full Results:Dutch National Championships