Marrit Steenbergen Lowers Her Dutch Record in 200 IM in Double Day in Eindhoven

Marrit Steenbergen of The Netherlands prepares to compete in the 100m Individual Medley Women Final during the FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December 16th, 2022. Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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Marrit Steenbergen Lowers Her Dutch Record in 200 IM in Double Day in Eindhoven

Marrit Steenbergen lowered her national record in the women’s 200 individual medley Saturday at the Eindhoven Qualification Meet, the Dutch dynamo’s second win of the day.

Steenbergen clocked in at 2:08.86 in the final of the 200 IM. It trims her mark of 2:09.16 set in this same pool last year.

She won the 100 free earlier in the day in 52.72. She was more than 1.5 seconds ahead of the field, with Sam van Nunen and Marie Wattel tying for second in 54.49.

The two times from Steenbergen were the only ones of the day under the Olympic A cut.

Barbora Seemanova also navigated the 100 free/200 IM double, in fifth and second, the latter a time of 2:15.57 that was the only one remotely near Steenbergen.

Danas Rapsys won the men’s 100 freestyle in 48.55. He was .35 seconds up on Sean Niewold. Brazil’s Pedro Spajari was third in 48.93, .01 ahead of Stan Pijnenburg, who had led the way in prelims in 48.60.

Maaike de Waard won the women’s 100 backstroke in 1:00.53. She was more than a second clear of Lotte Hosper. Ukraine’s Nika Sharafutdinova was third.

Israeli swimmers took three of the top five spots in the men’s 100 back, led by Adam Maraana’s win in 54.62. He edged Cornelius Jahn’s time of 54.83. Tomer Shuster was third in 55.05, beating Frenchman Clement Secchi by .02 seconds.

The race also produced a Dutch junior record for Giovanni Phillipson, who went 57.54.

Czechia’s Miroslav Knedla won the men’s 200 IM in 2:00.62. He overturned a deficit of two tenths of a second on the final 50 meters to overcome Thomas Jansen by .17 seconds. Ukraine’s Vadym Naumenko finished third.


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