Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo Tie For 100 Free Title at Eindhoven Swim Cup

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The 2019 Swim Cup in Eindhoven saw its share of elite performances this weekend, with several Dutch superstars sharing the stage.

Two of the biggest shared the stage in the same event as Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk tied to win the 100 free in 53.49.

Ties are always a bit of a stunner, but these two friends enjoyed sharing the spotlight.

Heemskerk posted a picture of the two of them on social media reading: “Tied 1st place tonight with this one. Going to have dinner together to share the prize money.”

Heemskerk used a strong first-half to a the lead with a 25.68 split, ahead of Kromowidjojo’s 26.15, but the back half by the Olympic champion surged her into the tie.

The time has them tied for eighth fastest in the world this year.

Cate Campbell of Australis is first in 52.35, followed by Japan’s Rikako Ikee (52.79), Australia’s Emma McKeon (52.84), Australia’s Shayna Jack (53.20) and Canada’s Taylor Ruck (53.26), Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (53.29) and Simone Manuel (53.38) of the U.S.

Dutch sprinter Kim Busch won the bronze in the event in 54.40.

The tie wasn’t the only stunning performance of the meet.

Teenager Tes Schouten broke her own national record in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:06.96, becoming the first Dutch swimmer to break 1:07. Her previous best was 1:07.97 set in prelims.

In the men’s meet, Arjan Knipping tied the Dutch record in the 400 IM after finishing the race in 4:15.38. He tied the mark set by Marcel Wouda in 1997.

It was a tough meet, however, for Kira Toussaint. One of the top names in swimming was disqualified in two different races. In the 100 back final, she was disqualified for exceeding the 15-meter mark. The same thing happened during a time trial.

But she finished on a much better note, winning the 50 back in 27.98.

Dutch swimmers weren’t the only successful racers during the meet.

Italian Domenico Acerenza won the 400 free. Finishing in third was Dutch swimmer Luc Kroon, who set the national junior record in the event in 3:51.73.

After winning the Italian title in the 50 back, Tomas Ceccon broke his own national junior record won win in 25.66.