TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2018 European Championships came to a close on Thursday at the Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glasgow, UK. Incoming freshmen Ida Hulkko set a new Finnish record while earning a berth in the finals of the 50m breast.
Hulkko turned in a fifth place finish 50m breast with a final time of 31.02 on Thursday. In prelims on Wednesday, Hulkko posted the 11th fastest swim at 31.12 before turning in a personal best in semifinals of 30.53 to advance to finals seeded fifth, setting a new Finnish record.
Earlier in the meet, Hulkko qualified for the semifinals of the 100m breast, placing 12th with another career best of 1:07.94.
Laura Jensen also was a part of some top finishes while representing Denmark. She led off the 4×200 free relay that placed seventh with a time of 8:04.43, splitting a personal best of 2:00.27 in her first European Championships final.
Jensen was also one of the top finishers in the 400m free, touching in 15th place with a time of 4:16.92, which was her best time. Individually, Jensen competed in the 200m free where she placed 24th with a time of 2:01.12.
Another incoming freshman, Kertu Alnek competed in seven races during the meet, posting her top individual finish in the 50m fly where she placed 23rd at 27.17. Alnek was also 38th in the 100m free (57.13), 40th in the 200m free (2:03.10) and 41st in the 50m free (26.54).
Alnek was a part of three relays for Estonia, helping her country place 13th in both of the 4×100 free relay (56.73) and 4×100 mixed medley relay (56.40 free). Estonia was also 14th in the 4×100 mixed free relay (56.59).
Rising senior Emir Muratovic represented Bosnia and Herzegovina and raced in two events, finishing 45th in the 50m free at 23.19 and 62nd in the 100m free at 50.95.
“I’m very excited about all of the great racing and results of our current and new Noles,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We are fully committed to making national teams and racing internationally here at Florida State and this summer we proved that point.”
De Ryk Earns Podium Finish at Junior Nationals
Rising freshman Cooper De Ryk saved his best swim for last at the 2018 Speedo Junior National Championship in Irvine, California that ran from July 31 through Aug. 4 at the William Wollett Jr. Aquatic Center.
De Ryk dropped over a half of a second in the 50m free in prelims, to qualify for finals in fifth place with a time of 23.12. In finals, De Ryk ended up eighth, touching at 23.22.
The Truckee, Calif., native also competed in the 100m free (52.07) where he placed 47th and 35th in the 100m fly (55.86).
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