Phillip Heintz Topples 200 IM German Record Twice at 2017 German Nationals



The 2017 German National Championships continued with more German National records toppling down.

Phillip Heintz downed his own national record in the men’s 200 IM twice throughout the course of the day, before settling the record at a 1:55.76. His time currently stands as the fastest in the world for 2017.

Men’s 50 Free

Damian Wierling got the meet off to a quick start, topping the men’s field in the 50-meter splash and dash. Wierling, the German National record holder in this event, stopped the clock at a final time of 22.06. His time moves him to 15th in the world rankings for 2017.

Maximillian Oswald picked up second with a final time of 22.44, followed by Tim-Thorben Suck’s 22.83.

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Men’s 200 IM

Philip Heintz blasted his way to a new German Record in the men’s 200 IM, lowering his previous record for the second time in one day. Heintz posted a final time of 1:55.76, bettering his prelims time of 1:56.59, which broke his record of 1:57.48 that was posted during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Heintz’s new record blasts him to the top of the 2017 world rankings and makes him the only athlete to have posted a sub 1:56 swim this season.

Jacob Heidtmann finished second overall with a time of 2:00.72, while Kevin Wedel turned in a third place finish of 2:00.99.

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Women’s 200 Free

The women’s 200 free was highlighted by a close race between the top three finishers. Despite trailing at the 150-meter mark, Isabel Marie Gose turned up the heat to pass fellow countrywoman Leonie Kullmann and claim gold.

Gose stopped the clock with a time of 1:58.86, just .03 seconds ahead of Kullmann’s 1:58.89.

Sarah Köhler added a third place finish of 1:58.99.

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Men’s 200 Fly

David Thomasberger flew into record range in finals of the men’s 200 fly, finishing .57 seconds off Michael Groß’s German Record of 1:56.24. Thomasberger collected the gold with a final time of 1:56.81, finishing just outside of the 2017 top 20 world rankings.

Second place was picked up by Alexander Kunert and his time of 1:57.12, followed by Fynn Minuth and his time of 1:57.34.

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Women’s 100 Back

Lisa Graf topped a tight field in the women’s 100 back finals, delivering a final time of 1:00.37 for the gold. Graf’s time put her within .60 seconds of Daniela Samulski’s German Record of 59.77, set in 2009 at the World Championships in Rome.

Nadine Laemmler grabbed a close second with a time of 1:00.56, followed by a tie between Johanna Roas and Laura Riedemann. The two delivered matching times of 1:00.71 to share the bronze medal.

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Men’s 1500 Free

The men’s 1500 free proved to be a tight race as the top three men stayed within a few seconds of one another. Florian Wellbrock and Sören Meißner exchanged the lead throughout the race, but at the end it was Wellbrock who claimed gold.

Wellbrock stopped the clock with a time of 15:01.34, improving upon his previous 2017 best of 15:02.91. His time holds him at ninth in the world rankings for 2017.

Meißner, meanwhile, settled for second with a 15:03.66, entering and landing at tenth in the world rankings for 2017.

Ruwen Straub rounded out the top three with a third-place finish of 15:05.59.

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Women’s 50 Breast

Jessica Steiger collected her second national title for the meet with a top showing in the women’s 50 breast. Steiger, who downed the 200 breast national record yesterday, topped the 50 with a time of 31.29.

Vanessa Grimberg took second overall with a time of 31.83, while Alice Ruhnau was third with a 31.96.

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Men’s 50 Back

Mark Ulrich wrapped up the session with a top showing in the men’s 50 back. Ulrich dashed to a final time of 24.88, making him the only athlete to finish beneath the 25-second mark. His efforts move him to ninth in the world rankings for 2017.

Second place was earned by Carl Louis Schwarz, who touched with a final time of 25.45, while Ole Braunschweig posted a 25.62 for third.

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