On day 2 of the Swim Cup several records were smashed in the morning, however, in the finals the Dutch athletes, headed by Femke Heemskerk, swam even faster.
Paralympic athletes continue good results in the finals
In the 200m freestyle Marlou van der Kulk swims a very fast race setting a time of 2:13.26. This time is below the WC limit and she qualifies for the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow. Also Dutchman Livier van de Voort qualifies for Glasgow this afternoon, he swims a Dutch record in the 200m medley: 2:15.71. Olivier’s success is extended in the 50m backstroke race. During the heats he swam a Dutch record 28.95) and in the finals he improved this time by 0.31 and finishes in 28.64. And during the 50m backstroke Lisette Teunissen impresses again. In class 3 She swims a world record in 52.59.
Dutch top swimmers in good shape
Maarten Brzoskowski enters in the fastest heat of the 1500m freestyle. From the first moment on he is in the lead with Peter Bernek and Ferry Weertman following closely. During the last metre Bernek passes Brzoskowski. The difference in time is very little: 0.12 seconds. Brzoskowski finishes second setting a time of 15:11.17.
Femke Heemskerk is one of the swimmers in the 200m freestyle. She swims her favourite distance in a very fast race smashing her own Dutch record and finishes in 1:54.68. This time is below the Kazan limit for the World Championships and the fourth best world time in a textile swimming suit. “I didn’t expect this time to be true, I thought I swam slower”. Femke is extremely happy and proud of her performance. “I have to keep this nou and fine tune”. But there is more Dutch success in this 200m freestyle race. Marrit Steenbergen swims a Dutch Youth Record in 2:00.34.
After Femke’s phenomenal performance also Dutch Moniek Nijhuis breaks a Dutch record In the 200m breaststroke she swims a time of 1:07.18 and reduces the current record by a little less than 0.3 seconds.
Beyond the Dutch euphoria Hungarian swimmer Lázslo Cseh also shines in the swim stadium. In the 200m medley he swims a Swim Cup record in 1:58.31. But at the end of day 2 it’s a Dutch party that is celebrated. During the day’s last race Sebastiaan Verschuren convincingly captures the first place. ‘ I have come to Eindhoven to find out how well I can perform and that’s what I have shown here today! But there is still work to be done…”