The 18-year-old swimmer is ambitious for the European Championships in Glasgow – and wants to cross the pond
On record and in good shape: The 18-year-old GOtzenhainerin Anna Elendt (DSW 1912 Darmstadt) proved almost two weeks ago at the international German short course championship in Berlin impressively that with her also at the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow (4th to 8th. December). Elendt, who flies to Scotland on Monday with the German selection, swam personal bests over 50 meters (30.52 seconds) and 100 meters chest (1.06,36 minutes), thus solving the EM ticket. Over 200 meters breast she missed the EM standard.
"Anna is still young and in a phase where she has to gain international experience. I hope she is not too nervous at this European Championships and can show what she's capable of, "says Alexander Kreisel, head coach of DSW Darmstadt. He adds: "Anna's performances and results at the German Championships in Berlin were really good. Now I hope she returns from Scotland with good results. "
Anna Elendt is holding back with her predictions for the European Championship. "I'm really looking forward to my starts and especially to the season. I'm just trying to do my best and bring new experiences. I also do not want to worry too much about the strong competition, but simply enjoy the time in these title fights. "She goes to the European Championships on Wednesday first on their parade discipline 50 meters chest at the start. If she confirms her best time in Scotland, she has a good chance of reaching the semi-finals for which the top 16 qualify. "Everything has to be right for that; So start, turn, stop, "as she reports. Elendt is currently in 14th place in Europe with her best time. At the World Cup in the summer of 2019 in South Korea, she finished seventh in the final after all.
Over 100 meters chest (Friday, December 6), the European Championship semi-final should be difficult for them to reach. With her best time she occupies the 25th place in the European ranking.
Finally, on Sunday, December 8, Elendt will be in the German relay over four times 50 meters at the start. Laura Riedemann (back, SV Halle / Saale), Jessica Steiger (freestyle, VfL Gladbeck) and Angelina KOhler (butterfly, Hannover 96) will be with her in the team.
Just a week after the European Championships Elendt wants to compete in the Hessian Championships in Frankfurt-HOchst. That should be a relaxed date for them. In January, she flies to the training camp of the Hessian Swimming Federation in Tenerife in preparation for the long-distance season. At the end of January, in the Olympic year 2020, the first competition in Luxembourg will be on the program.
"That's just fine, as Anna gets this elaborate program under one roof; so the preparations for the Abitur, the swimming at this high level and the preparations for the US, "coach Kreisel is full of praise. After graduating from the Carl von Weinberg School in Frankfurt, Elendt, who continues to dream of getting a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics, wants to study and swim at the University of Texas in Austin.