Paul Bierdermann, Britta Steffen Shine in Germany

WUPPERTAL, Germany, November 23. THE German power couple of Paul Biedermann and Britta Steffen led the way during the second night at the German Short Course Championships as both picked up victories.

Biedermann clipped Dimitri Colupaev in the men's 200 free, 1:43:47 to 1:43.63, while Yannick Lebherz took third in 1:45.15. Steffen followed with a 52.60 to dominate the women's 100 free. Daniela Schreiber placed second in 53.11, while Annika Bruhn touched third in 54.23. Steffen has been faster this year with a 52.38 from the Singapore stop of the World Cup.

In a rare finish, a threeway tie for first occurred in the men's 50 back as Lukas Nattmann, Stefan Herbst and Jan-Philip Glania tied for the title with matching 24.56s. Caroline Ruhnau then won the women's 100 breast in 1:06.98, while Sonja Schober took second in 1:07.76. Laura Simon posted a third-place 1:07.90.

Marco Koch cruised to victory in the men's 100 breast with a 58.07, while Bastian Vollmer earned second in 59.59. Fabian Schwingenschlogl placed third in 1:00.09. Doris Eichhorn then won the women's 50 fly in 26.72. Paulina Schmiedel (26.74) and Saskia Donat (27.19) placed second and third.

Johannes Dietrich crushed the men's 50 fly in 23.22 with Jonas Bergmann (23.82) and Serghei Golban (23.95) rounding out the top three. Leonie Beck won the women's 800 free in 8:26.17, while Antonia Massone (8:39.40) and Denise Gruhn (8:39.42) placed second and third.

Jenny Mensing dominated the women's 200 back with a 2:05.61, while Dorta Baumert (2:08.33) and Sonnele Ozturk (2:09.06) earned second and third.

Yesterday, Lebherz nearly took down the men's 400 IM German record with a 4:05.28. That swim just missed his 2010 effort of 4:05.08 from Eindhoven.