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Pace Falls Off on Fourth Day of German Nationals -- May 25, 2005

BERLIN, May25. AFTER three days of relatively swift swimming, the fourth day of the German Nationals slowed down. More, Helge Meeuw saw his winning streak come to an end, as he managed just third place in the men’s 200-meter backstroke.

Through three days, Meeuw had enjoyed a sterling competition, complete with victories in the 100 backstroke and both butterfly disciplines. But, his run was halted in the distance dorsal, as he touched the wall in 2:00.75. Sebastian Halgasch won the event in 2:00.21 and was followed in second place by Steffen Driesen in 2:00.27.

In the men’s 200 individual medley, Dominique Lendjel outdistanced the field with a mark of 2:02.61, quicker than the 2:03.52 turned in by Oliver Wenzel. As for the 400 free on the male side, top honors went to Christian Hein in 3:51.81. Paul Biederman wasn’t far off the pace, as he touched in 3:51.91.

For the women, Petra Dallmann was the top finisher in the 200 freestyle with a performance of 2:00.95 while Annika Liebs took the second position in 2:01.03. The 100 breast featured Vipa Bernhardt capturing victory in 1:09.26, which was enough to hold off Sarah Poewe, who clocked 1:09.44