Hendrik van der Leest is competing at the Dutch Junior LC Championships from 15-18th June in Eindhoven. News updates below and a link to daily results:
Hendrik started his 2017 Dutch Nationals in the morning session in the 200m breaststroke improving his LC time by 2.5 seconds in a very strong field and taking an overall 12th place in a time of 2.57.53.
100m Backstroke (Results for 100m back)
Late afternoon saw Hendrik compete in the 100m back where he entered the race ranked 2nd and 1.5 second off the fastest seeded time. Hendrik started strongly, turning 3rd at the midway point but still within reach of the race leader. A very strong finish saw Hendrik take the Dutch Championship in an impressive winning time of 1.07.12 sec, taking over 2 seconds off his PB and smashing the previous WSC U14 Club Record!
Hendrik was seeded 7th but fired up after his podium position yesterday. After 50m he was in 3rd place, turning in a time of 28.97 and everything to play for. However this fast start could not be maintained and in the last 25 metres the specialist freestyle swimmers took over and he held on to eventually finish in a time of 1:00.98, just above his PB and overall 9th. Great effort but outpaced in the end.
200IM (Results for 200IM)
Hendrik stormed to a 2nd Gold in the 200IM in a fabulous 2.5 sec PB of 2:26.85, setting another club record for the U14 age group. Hendrik, once again against his friend and rival, Hessel Broekstra, was slightly ahead after the fly leg and a solid 3.5 seconds ahead after a great backstroke leg. Hessel, clearly a talented breaststroker, pulled it right back after the third leg and fantastic to see Henrik then hold on during the freestyle leg to win by 7/100 of a second! Great racing Henrik and congratulations from all at Woking!
Final race of the day 50 breast and another PB finishing in a time of 38.10 sec, taking 0.79 sec off his entry time and finishing in 14th position overall.
Hendrik was seeded first in 200m Backstroke following his recent Regional PB at Crawley. From the start Hendrik set the pace and turned first at 50m and proceeded to build upon his lead with each length, creating a healthy distance from the pack. Hendrik’s split times were right on pace for his PB, until the last 50 where he managed to up the pace and set another PB and his final gold medal.
Overall an action packed 4 days, 3 gold and 1 silver medal and various PBs. All of this would not have been possible without all the support and training back home at WSC but also the local Dutch swimming team in the Netherlands where the combined club Franeker and Harlingen treated Hendrik as one of their own swimmers. A big thank you to all involved.
Congratulations to Hendrik on a great Dutch Championships and to coach Lou, and previous coach Liz, for all the hard work and support all season.