SLOTERPARKBAD, Amsterdam, June 4. THE Dutch Championships on Sunday featured three national records and a victory by Pieter van den Hoogenband. Cruising to a comfortable victory, Nick Driebergen set a Dutch standard in the 100-meter backstroke by negotiating the distance in 54.80. The effort handed Driebergen a commanding win over John Keetman (57.46).
In the women's 50 breaststroke, Moniek Nijhuis delivered a Dutch record of 31.93, which secured a win by more than a second over Tess Brouwer (33.14). The club De Dolfijn set a national record in the 800 freestyle relay when the squad of Chantal Groot, Femke Heemskerk, Linda Bank and Manon Rooijen clocked in at 8:12.74.
The world-record holder in the 100 freestyle, van den Hoogenband prevailed in his prime event with a time of 49.47, more than a second clear of the 50.56 turned in by Stefan Oosting. Van den Hoogenband, who also won the 50 butterfly in 24.05, was joined as a winner by Inge Dekker, who won the women's 100 free in a quality 54.39, and by Marleen Veldhuis, who took first in the 100 backstroke (1:03.44). Dekker also prevailed in the 50 fly (26.40).