June 15, 2017

Demler, Schmidtke Post Fast Times at German National Championships


June 15, 2017

SwimSwam Release

Berlin, Germany— The 129th German National Championships began in Germany on Thursday, an event that also serves as qualification for World Championships in July.

Current Buckeye Kathrin Demler and former Buckeye Aliena Schmidtke both had excellent performances on day one of competition.

Schmidtke, who won gold at the 2016 AT&T Winter National Championships in the 100 butterfly, set a German national record on Thursday in the 50 butterfly, touching the wall in 26.00 seconds. The time earned her a gold medal for her efforts. She nearly broke the record earlier in prelims with her time of 26.07 before doing so during finals. Her time in the 50 fly gives her the tenth-fastest time in the world.

Demler, an NCAA Championships qualifier as a freshman this past season, earned bronze in the 400 IM with a time of 4:46.36. She finished fifth in that event at Big Ten Championships and was among the fastest freshmen in the country in that event last season.

Both Demler and Schmidtke train in Columbus and will look to join other fellow Buckeyes who will be competing at the international level this summer. Olympian Michelle Williams (Canada) and Matthew Abeysinghe (Sri Lanka) will be competing at the World Championships this July, and current Ohio State student-athlete Meg Bailey will be representing her home country of Australia at the World University Games.

USA World Championship Trials begin at the end of the month, with several Buckeyes scheduled to attend.