Kim Herkle Breaks National Junior Record in 200 Breast at German Nationals

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University of Louisville commit Kim Herkle won the 200 breaststroke on Sunday at the German Olympic qualification meet in Heidelberg with a national junior record at 2:25.56. That swim puts her 16th in the world as she was less than a half second off of Jessica Steiger’s national record of 2:25.00 from 2017, and just off the FINA A standard of 2:25.52.

Results

University of Missouri graduate Nadine Laemmler won the 100 back at 1:01.42, which was slower than the A standard of 1:00.25 as she won ahead of Johanna Roas (1:02.11) and veteran Jenny Mensing (1:02.59). Marek Ulrich won the men’s 100 back at 54.27, just missing the A standard of 53.85. Germany has qualified its 4×100 medley relay team for the Olympics so Ulrich may end up getting selected for relay duty although Germany has Christian Diener as an option for that lead-off spot.

Maximilian Pilger, who represented Germany at the 2019 Worlds, won the 200 breaststroke at 2:13.20, off the A cut of 2:10.35.

In the men’s 100 fly, David Thomasberger, fresh off a national record in the 200 fly on Saturday, won at 52.84 as the A cut is a 51.96 ahead of Ramon Klenz, who also won the 200 IM at 2:03.15.

Marie Pietruschka was also a winner in the 200 freestyle at 1:58.33.


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