Dutch and Irish National Records Fall at 2017 Swim Cup Amsterdam

Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

National records tumbled down in Amsterdam as the 2017 Swim Cup Amsterdam splashed into action! The three day meet features a short course meters racing format, which was decided upon partially in preparation for the upcoming European SC Swimming Championships in Copenhagen.

Dutch Olympic sprinter Ranomi Kromowidjojo twice lowered the Dutch National Record in the women’s 50 fly, each time by .01 seconds. Kromowidjojo ended the evening with a new record of 24.53, edging closer to the elusive SCM World Record of 24.38, set by Therese Alshammar in 2009. Danish Olympian Pernille Blume tested her butterfly sprint abilities, ultimately finishing fifth in the 50-meter race with a 26.15.

Fellow Dutch star Arno Kamminga joined Kromowidjojo in her record-setting ways, delivering a 2:04.35 to take gold in the men’s 200 breast and knock .40 seconds off his own Dutch National Record of 2:04.74.

The Swim Cup Amsterdam meet played host to visiting countries as well, including Irishman Conor Ferguson. 18-year-old Ferguson dashed to a gold-medal finish of 52.40, scraping .37 seconds off his personal best of 52.77 and posting a new Irish National Record.

Ireland’s young premiere breaststroker, Mona McSharry, added a victory for Team Ireland in the women’s 200 breast with a time of 2:26.40.

Dutch Olympian Femke Heemskerk collected gold in the women’s 200 free with a final time of 1:52.69, just one second off her Dutch National Record of 1:51.69. The Olympian was in a race of her own as the remainder of the field finished four seconds behind.

Marrit Steenbergen (18) established a new Dutch age group record in the women’s 100 IM. The young Olympian, who was a member of the 2016  4×200 freestyle relay, posted a time of 59.53 for the age group record and improved upon her previous best time of 58.81, which earned her fourth at the 2016 FINA World Short Course Championships.

View the full meet results by clicking here.