Maaike de Waard Sprints Way to 4th In World in 50 Back

Photo Courtesy: Xinhua/Youth Olympic Games

A handful of top times went up on the board during the final day of the Eindhoven Swim Cup.

Men’s 50 fly

Joeri Verlinden won the sprint fly swim with a 24.81. That put him 11th in the world rankings.  Jesse Puts placed second in 24.16 with Jeroen Baars taking third in 24.46.  Nyls Korstanje placed fifth in 24.55 to set a Dutch age group record for 17 year olds.

Women’s 50 back

Maaike de Waard vaulted to fourth in the world rankings in the sprint back with a meet-record time of 27.85.  Only Minna Atherton (27.49), Aliaksandra Herasimenia (27.79) and Kylie Masse (27.84) have been faster this year. De Waard broke her own meet mark of 28.26 set during prelims.

Kira Toussaint, who made the Olympic team in the 100 back, took second in 28.74 with Tamara van Vliet finishing third in 29.04.  LouLou Janssen set the Dutch age group mark for 15 year olds with a 29.43 for sixth overall.

Women’s 400 free

Anja Crevar topped the middle distance event in a time of 4:14.67.  Andrea Kneppers touched second overall in 4:16.68 with Marjolein Delno taking third overall in 4:17.58.

Men’s 200 breast

Nicholas Quinn downed the meet record with a 2:11.24, clearing the 2:11.35 set by Lennart Stekelenburg back in 2011.  The Irish swimmer punched his ticket to the Olympics by clearing the FINA A Cut of 2:11.66.

Sebas van Lith took second in 2:12.05 with Max Pilger finishing third in 2:14.09.

Women’s 100 breast

Rikke Moller Pedersen cleared the Olympic qualifying time with a winning effort of 1:07.33.  Yvette Man-Yi Kong hit the wall second in 1:08.25 with Anouk Elzerman snaring third overall in a time of 1:09.93.

Men’s 100 back

Guy Barnea turned in a 55.19 to win the men’s 100-meter back, while Ruben Dekker took second overall in 58.12.  Jurjen Willemsen finished third in 58.24.

Men’s 200 free

Maarten Brzoskowski touched out Sebastiaan Verschuren, 1:47.17 to 1:47.20, in the men’s 200-meter free.  Velimir Stjepanovic took third overall in 1:47.80.

Women’s 100 free

Ranomi Kromowidjojo grabbed the title in a time of 53.55.  That’s just off her third-ranked time of 53.21 from earlier in the meet.  Femke Heemskerk took second in 53.98, just off her 53.87 from this week as well.

Marrit Steenbergen (54.43) and Maud van der Meer (54.99) raced their way to third and fourth overall in the event.

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