In its 44th edition the North Sea Swim Meet continues to deliver World class times. Even though the meet had to relocate 250 km this year, the magic from previous event were recreated in Aquarama, Kristiansand.
Among a strong international field of swimmers, a new Norwegian star emerged, Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas, only 17 years old (born 2000) delivered several top international times and set 3 National Senior records, 200 butterfly; 1.53,02, 400IM 4.09,10, 200IM 1.55,52. He also set a new junior record on 200 breaststroke with 2.07,49! Tomoe will be a man to watch in the time to come. Despite Tomoes winning strike the prize for best performance of the meet went to German long-distance ace Florian Wellbrock for his 1500 winning time of 14.36,53. Also to be mentioned Ari-Pekka Liukkonen’s winning 50 freestyle on 21,31, the world’s second best time so far this season.
Among the women, Norway’s own Susann Bjørnsen got the award for best female performance after her 29,96 on 50 Breaststroke, she also won the 50 freestyle on 24,37. Both races new National Senior records. Other top contenders in the women’s events where Farnziska Hentke and Fanny Lecluse.
Best para performance went to Norway’s multiple Paralympian winner Sarah Louise Rung.