Arno Kamminga Goes 58.90 In 100 Breaststroke & Tes Schouten Rewrites Dutch Record Books In Rotterdam

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Arno Kamminga: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Arno Kamminga closed in on a return to the form that saw him claim Olympic and world medals while Tes Schouten twice lowered the Dutch 100 breaststroke record as the Rotterdam Qualification Meet concluded.

Marrit Steenbergen was a standout performer at the four-day meet which she wrapped up with a fourth title in as many races in the 50 free.

Kamminga Back In Fast Water

Kamminga has not yet returned to full training after illness disrupted his season which followed a competition schedule following the Tokyo Olympics that national coach Mark Faber admitted had been too heavy.

The double Olympic silver medallist, who won’t be at the World Short-Course Championships later this month, won the 50 before taking second in the 200.

On Sunday, he split 28.11/30.79 to stop the clock in the 100 at 58.90, his seventh-fastest of 2022 and 0.28 off his season’s best of 58.62 which saw him take silver at the Budapest worlds.

Caspar Corbeau added 100 second to the 200 title in 1:00.09 with Melvin Imoudu third in 1:00.64.

Kamminga told Swimming World:

“I’m pleasantly surprised with my level right now. On only four weeks of real training, doing these times is pretty nice! Had a blast racing again!

“The 200 was still a pacing game, so without going all out also a decent time. So happy overall!”

Next up for the two-time world medallist are the Dutch SC Championships but also the welcome distraction of the World Cup with the Netherlands progressing to the quarter-finals with victory on Saturday over the USA.

“Netherlands football is doing good and so are we ;)”

Schouten Rewrites The Record Books

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Tes Schouten: Photo Courtesy: knzb.nl

Schouten has had a fine meet, writing and rewriting the Dutch record books in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

The 21-year-old sliced 2.46secs from her 200 PB to set a new mark of 2:23.67 on Friday, a time that catapults her into European medal waters.

Come Sunday and the European medley relay bronze medallist was back in record-breaking form over two lengths, taking 0.30secs from her national record of 1:06.88 set last month in 1:06.58.

Schouten returned in the afternoon, splitting 31.44/34.65 en-route to a time of 1:06.09 that would have taken silver at the Europeans in Rome in August where she finished seventh in 1:07.66.

Kaylene Corbett repeated her second-placed finish in the 200 in 1:08.87 with Anne Palmans third in 1:10.63.

Four In Four For Steenbergen

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Marrit Steenbergen: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli/DeepBlue Media

Steenbergen has had a stellar meet with the 22-year-old claiming her fourth gold in as many races with a 24.89 victory in the 50 free.

It meant a sweep of the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle as well as the 100 fly and next up is a trip to Melbourne for short-course worlds as she looks to continue a year that has seen her on world and European podiums.

Kim Busch (25.10) and Nina Sandrine Jazy (25.38) were second and third respectively.

Renzo Tjon A Joe was the only man inside 22secs in the men’s 50 free, stopping the clock at 21.96 ahead of Kenzo Simons (22.20) and Oussama Sahnoune (22.74).

Stancu And Turley Top The Podium

A 57.05 final 100 saw Luke Turley overhaul long-time leader Kieran Bird to win the men’s 400 free in 3:50.81 with his Bath Performance Centre training mate second in 3:51.24.

Vlad-Stefan Stancu, the 17-year-old Romanian, added bronze to his 1500 gold in 3:53.00.

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Vlad-Stefan Stancu: Photo Courtesy: Simone Castrovillari

Stancu returned for the 800 free where he went ahead at the 250 mark and was never headed thereafter to take victory in 7:57.58 despite the late charge of Turley who clocked 7:58.01.

Arne Schubert was third in 8:05.87.

Imani de Jong and Jenna van Kooten fought their own personal duel in the women’s 400 free before the former pulled away on the penultimate length for what was ultimately a clear victory, 4:11.82 to 4:14.33.

Maaike de Waard added 50 fly gold to her 100 back title with the only sub-26sec of the field in 25.64 ahead of Roos Vanotterdijk as the Belgian teenager continued her fine meet in 26.50 with Jessica Felsner third in 26.67.

Luca Nik Armbruster won the men’s fly dash in 23.77 ahead of Jacob Peters (23.85) and Thomas Verhoeven (23.96) with James Guy next home in 24.01.

Leah Crisp won the women’s 800 free in 8:42.26 ahead of Julia Ackermann in 8:42.63.

Dorsman Makes It Five

Rogier Dorsman has had a superb meet with a European record and four victories and wrapped up his programme with another gold in the men’s 50 free in a Dutch S11 record of 25.99.

Liesette Bruinsma – who swims in the SB13 events – headed the women’s 50 free in 30.65 while Florianne Bultje set a Dutch S9 record of 29.37.

Chantelle Zijderweld led the way in the women’s 100br SB9 in 1:14.65 with Taliso Engel – who swims in the SB13 events – taking the men’s in 1:05.13.

 

 

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