WUPPERTAL, Germany, November 24. THE German Short Course Championships came to a close with some strong performances, including a German record in the women’s sprint medley.
Theresa Michalak became the first German woman under 59 seconds in the 100 IM as she lowered her own German mark in the sprint medley. Michalak clocked a 58.93 for the win, bettering her 59.05 from 2011. The swim pushed her to eighth in the world ranks this evening. Julia Leidgebel touched second in 1:00.24, while Annika Bruhn placed third in 1:01.56.
Steffen Deibler, who stands third in the world with a 49.38 from the Eindhoven stop of the FINA World Cup, cruised to victory in the men’s 100 fly with a 51.34. Markus Gierke touched second in 52.62, while Alexander Kunert lowered the 17-year-old national age group record with a third-place 52.68.
Deibler then doubled up with a 21.80 to win the men’s 50 free to close the night. Max Oswald placed second in 21.86, while Tim-Thorben Suck snatched third-place honors in 22.03.
Leonie Antonia Beck shot down the 16-year-old national age group record with a winning time of 8:17.50 in the women’s 800 free. That swim jumped the youngster up to eighth in the world rankings, behind Spain’s Melani Costa (8:16.55), and second in the country behind Sarah Kohler’s fifth-ranked 8:14.10 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup. Kohler, meanwhile, checked in second with an 8:24.49, while Johanna Friedrich placed third in 8:32.51.
Dorothea Brandt, who is tied with Bronte Campbell for fifth in the world this year with a 23.91, dominated the women’s 50 free in a time of 24.18. Daniela Schreiber finished a distant second with a time of 25.04, while Annika Bruhn (24.06) and Nina Kost (25.08) placed just behind in third and fourth.
Marco Koch has been on fire this week, and continued with another victory as he dropped a 2:05.98 to win the men’s 200 breast. He’s been much faster this year with a third-ranked 2:02.50 from the Berlin World Cup stop, and should round into form for the international championship season next month. Nils Wich-Glasen placed second in 2:07.22, while Max Werkmeister touched third in 2:09.13.
Paul Biedermann, who said earlier today that he’s planning on making a run through the 2016 Rio Games before calling it a career, vaulted to sixth in the world rankings in the men’s 400 free with a winning time of 3:39.02. Tim Wallburger claimed second in 3:40.83, while Florian Vogel earned third in 3:41.99.
Caroline Ruhnau hit the wall first in the women’s 200 breast with a time of 2:24.21, while Vanessa Grimberg picked up second in 2:25.16. Margarethe Hummel rounded out the top three with a time of 2:27.70. Philip Heintz followed up with a 1:55.95 to win the men’s 200 IM. Ensar Hajder touched second in 1:57.05, while Philipp Forster snagged third in 1:57.35.
Franziska Hentke continued her breakout year as she topped the women’s 100 fly with a time of 57.89. She finished just ahead of 18-year-old Alexandra Wenk, who downed the German age group record with a second-place 57.99. Youngster Lisa Hopink, 15, popped another age group mark with a third-place time of 58.44.
Christian Diener jumped into the world top 10 in the men’s 100 back with a 50.81. That swim pushed him to ninth in the world rankings, just behind Ryosuke Irie’s 50.71 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup. Felix Wolf placed a distant second in 52.49, while Jan-Philip Glania wound up third in 52.98. Jenny Mensing followed with a close win in the women’s 100 back. She clocked a 59.17, clipping Doris Eichhorn (59.23) for the win. Lisa Graf finished third in 59.25