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 The International Swimming Meet - Amsterdam Cup 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 16-19, 2009 
Amsterdam
 
On Line from Amsterdam (the Netherlands)  - dedicated  to the swim audience of Serbia and other swim devotees all over the South-Eastern Europe...
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April 19 , 2009 .
Day-4  Veldhuis - Two WRs,  Najdanovski - 7th in 50 Free... 
 
Amsterdam
(Amsterdam, NED) - The Day-4, evening finals of the Amsterdam Cup marked the end of this great swimming event in the Netherlands. Finals started with the women's 50 fly where Marleen Veldhuis NED set the New World Record (25.33) in front of Hinkelien Schreuder (26.00) and Inge Dekker (26.50)... In the men's 100 back, a gold medal won Nick Driebergen NED  (55.50)... In the women's 200 back Femke Heemskerk of the E.ON-NZA set the pool record (2:13.40). In the men's 100 breast Robin van Aggele NED (1:01.48), picked up gold medal in front of  Lennart Stekelenburg NED (1:01.90) and  Matjaz Markic of Slovenia (1:02.18). In the women's 200 breast Joline Höstman Sweden set the pool record (2:24.85), while second Lia Dekker NED (2:28.02) set the new NREC. In the men's 100 free as it was expected Stefan Nystrand SWE earned the gold with the new pool record (48.78). Serbian record holder Miroslava Najdanovski swam out to the 7th position in 50 free final (25.76) and confirmed the 7th place from prelims. However, in this same discipline Dutch swim super stars Marleen Veldhuis set this evening second World Record here in 50 free (23.96), followed by Hinkelien Schreuder (24.73) and  Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.82). In the women's 400 free Sharon van Rouwendaal NED set the NJRec (4:12.69) and in the last event, men's 1,500 free Tom Vangeneugden NED set the new Sloterparkbad pool record (15:12.08)...                                                See the Day-4 Photo Gallery.
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. Marleen Veldhuis, since earning the WR in 50 free (23.96)...     (Arr by Igor Rasula).

Amsterdam
(Amsterdam, NED) - The Day-4 of the Amsterdam Cup in the morning prelims went with the great results, again. In the women's 50 fly Hinkelien Schreuder NED touched the first (25.98), followed by Dekker and Veldhuis. In the men's 100 back, Nick Driebergen NED was in front of all others (55.21)... In the women's 200 back S. van Rouwendaal member of the CN Braud St-Louis set the pool record (2:13.82). In the men's 100 breast Lennart Stekelenburg of the E.ON-NZA also set a pool record (1:01.09). The NREC has been set in the women's 200 breast by Lia Dekker (2:28.57). In 100 free as it was expected Stefan Nystrand SWE earned the best but not so worth time (49.35). From the heat 10 (lane 5) of 91 participants,  Serbian record holder Miroslava Najdanovski swam out worthy women's 50 free (25.96) and set the 7th position for the evening final. Best three times in the same discipline were set by three Dutch swim super stars Marleen Veldhuis (25.10),  Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.13) and Inge Dekker (25.29) all from the famous Swimmers PSV Team. In the last two events, the women's 400 free and the men's 1,500 free the slower group swimmers took part in the competition... 
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 Amsterdam Swim Cup 2009 - Compete Official Results
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. Lia Dekker, new power of the NED swimming, in the morning prelims NREC in 200 breast.
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April 18 , 2009 .
Day-3  Miroslava Najdanovski - twice worthy in 100 free... 
 
(Amsterdam, NED) - For the evening finals on the Day-3 of the Amsterdam Swim Cup, great results continued like all previous days - parts... In the most popular event, the men's 50 free Stefan Nystrand SWE picked up gold with the time of 21.88 (new "his" pool record) in front of P.Stymne SWE (22.39) and Apostolos Tsagkarakis (a main pick of the Hellenic SF) with the time of 22.54... In the women's 200 fly, Swedish girl Petra Granlund ranked first (2:10.97) followed by Kimberly Vandenberg USA (2:11.24). In the men's 200 fly, Dutch swimmer Joeri Verlinden of the Eiffel Swimmers PSV set the NREC (1:57.45) and earned gold medal. In the women's 800 free, Sharon van Rouwendaal NED touched the first with the new Sloterparkbad record (8:41.51). In the men's 50 back, Nick Driebergen for the second time this day set NREC (25.29). Lona Kroese a member of the domestic team E.ON-NZA set the pool record in the women's 200 IM (2:16.91). In the women's 400 free, Dutch Arjen van der Meulen finished as first in 3:49.83 (pool record). Matjaz Markic, Slovenian super star, confirmed supremacy in the men's 50 breast and again was ranked first (27.52) in fron tof Dutch Robin van Aggele who broke NREC (27.53). In the women's 100 free B final, SRB rec holder Miroslava Najdanovski (YouTube Webcasted B Final.) ranked 5th (56.36). In the A final, Marleen Veldhuis NED picked up gold in 53.17 NREC...
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. Day-3 - evening finals, sparkles from the Sloterpakrbad meet pool in Amsterdam...

(Amsterdam, NED) - On the Day-3 of the Amsterdam's morning heats, as already seen in the previous two days, worthy results were swam out. In the men's 50 free among 92 swimmers who took part in, Stefan Nystrand SWE finished first (new Sloperparkbad record) with the time of 22.14. He was followed by Petter Stymne SWE (22.23) and Apostolos Tsagarakis GRE (22.60). In the women's 200 fly, the USA girl Kimberly Vandenberg caught the best position for the evening finals, with the time of 2:13.52, while in the men's 200 fly, ranked first was Simon Sjödin SWE (2:04.41). In the men's 50 back Nick Driebergen of the E.ON-NZA set the NREC of the Netherlands (25.58)... In the womne's 200 IM,  S. van Rouwendaal of the CN Braud St-Louis, NED was ranked first (2:18.17). In the men's 50 breaststroke Matjaz Markic (SLO) set the Sloterparkbad record (27.40) and earned best position for finals. In the women's 100 free, among 100 participants, Femke Heemskerk finished first (54.22). In the same event, Miroslava Najdanovski, Serbian record holder and two times Olympian swam out in 56.59 (13th of 100, assuring the evening B final).
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Day-3 - Complete Official Results
Day-3 -  Mini Photo Gallery.
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. Video stream of the women's 100 free prelims (heat 10)... (Arranged by Igor Rasula).
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April 17 , 2009 .
Day-2  Mike Cavic - Second Gold - 100 Fly (51.73)... 
 
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(Amsterdam, NED) - New Dutch national marks have been set on the Day-2 for the evening finals... As done it in prelims Sebastiaan Verschuren NED caught the first position in 200 free with the time of 1:48.34.. In the women's 100 Back Femke Heemskerk of the E.ON-NZA touched the first (1:02.26) just 1/100 of the second less then in the prelims. In the men's 100 fly Serbian super star Mike Cavic ranked the first with the worth time of 51.73 (new Sloterparkbad pool record). The women's 400 IM won Ida Sandin from Sweden (4:56.17).  In the men's 800 free, Job Kienhuis set NREC (8:00.69). Another new national mark was set in the women's 100 breast by the Dutch star Moniek Nijhuis of the SC De Dolfijn (AMS) who touched first (1:07.4). Brazilian Diogo Yabe picked up a gold in the men's 200 IM (2:02.19). At the end, the Dutch, the Olympic, World, Euro and national record holder Marleen Velduis finished first in the women's 100 fly ( 56.69) pool record...
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Day-2 - Complete Official Results
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Marleen Veldhuis (1979) - Olympic, World & European Multi-Champion - NED superstar...

Amsterdam
(Amsterdam, NED) - Day-2 in the morning qualification brought also few great times, especially of the domestic swimmers... In the men's 200 free Dutch swimmer  Sebastiaan Verschuren of the E.ON-NZA swam out the best time of 1:49.32.  In the women's 100 back, Femke Heemskerk NED ranked the first (1:02.25) NREC (third consecutive at the Amsterdam Swim Cup) and was followed by colleague Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:02.94) NJREC and third Daniela Samulski GER (1:03.00)... In the men's 100 fly , the Brazilian swimmer Fernando Silva (part of ADN) set the Sloterparkbad pool record (53.20) finishing in front of the Beijing 2008 Vice-Champion Mike Cavic (SRB) who easly swam out with the time of 53.18 and Simon Sjödin SWE (53.20). In the women's 100 breast Lia Dekker NED swam out the Sloterparkbad pool rec (1:08.09) followd by Moniek Nijhuis NED (1:08.97) and Joline Höstman SWE (1:09.51). In the men's 200 IM Dutch Mike Marissen od AZ&PC was ranked first (2:07.17)... In the women's 100 fly, three Dutch stars set this position: 1/Marleen Veldhuis (57.96); 2/Inge Dekker (58.06); 3/Hinkelien Schreuder (59.23). 
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Mike Cavic showed the highest potency more then 3 months prior to the Rome 2009.
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April 16 , 2009 .
Day-1  Mike Cavic - Gold in 50 Fly & Sloterparkbad Record... 
 
Amsterdam
(Amsterdam, NED) - Day-1 for the evening events has had eight final races ( 6 with the A and B finals)... In the women's 200 free Femke Heemskerk set another NREC (1:56.54) beating again Inge Dekker for the second time this day (Dekker NED went 1:57.47 while third  Sjostrom SWE 1:59.77)... In the atractive men's 50 fly, Milorad Mike Cavic (SRB) touched the wall first and set the Sloterparkbad pool record with the time 23.25 followed by Evgeny Korotyshkin RUS (23.43) and Joeri Verlinden NED (23.97).. Moniek Nijhuis of the NED De Dolfijn SC earned gold medal in the women's 50 breast (30.88) in front of Swedish Joline Höstman (31.80)... In the men's 200 breast, Lennart Stekelenburg of the E.ON-NZA (NED) picked a gold medal (2:13.68) followed by NED rivals Thijs van Valkengoed and Devi Wolthuizen...Brazilian Diogo Yabe won gold in the men's 400 IM (4:22.69). Daniela Samulski GER won 50 back (28.33) while in 200 back Nick Driebergen set NREC (1:58.35)
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Day-1 - Official Results Day-1 -  Mini Photo Gallery
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Inge Dekker and Femke Heemskerk - NED rivals in prelims and final of the 200 free...

(Amsterdam, NED) - The greatest international LEN meet in this part of the year, started this morning in the City of Amsterdam...  88 clubs with more then 500 competitors take part in the Amsterdam Cup 2009... Swimmers from the 13 countries are here: SWE, GRE, BRA, GER, SER, RUS, USA, FRA, NGR, RSA, SLO, SUI also the NED athletes from  74 clubs.
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In the morning prelims just in the first event, the NED women's swimmer (Olympic Gold medalist, European record holder and Euro SC Vice-Champion from Rijeka 2008), Femke Heemskerk in 200 free set the NREC (1:57.21), followed by her Dutch colleague Inge Dekker (2:00.20) and Sjostrom SWE (2:00.36)... In the second event, the men's 50 fly Russia's swimmer Evgeny Korotyshkin (as part of the ADN) broke the Sloterparkbad pool record (23.43) catching the first position for the afternoon's final, in front of Milorad Cavic SRB (23.90) and Tamminga Dutch swimmer (24.15). In the women's 50 breast,  the NED swimmer Moniek Nijhuis set the NREC (30.80)... In the women's 50 back NED swimmer  Hinkelien Schreuder set NREC (28.18)... In the slower part of the men's 400 Ind.Medley, Ferry Weertman of DWK swam out with the time of 4:47.51. See the complete results...
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Great European swim event - at the more great Sloteparkbad swim pool in Amsterdam
Recorded and arranged by Igor Rasula.....
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April 15 , 2009 .
Andrea Di Nino - Interview for the HollandSwimming... 
 
(Eindhoven, NED) - Chief of the A.D.N. Swim Project Prof.Andrea Di Nino, (36) Italian swim coach, prior to start of the Amstardam Cup 2009 (on Thursday at the Sloterparkbad in AMS), brought his international swim team for several day training acclimatization to the City of Einhoven in the Netherlands... As many swim persons and the wider audence in Europe still ask about this Swim Project, few answers Prof. Di Nino gave live to the reporter of the Holland Swimming. Click on the left to be redirected to YouTube...
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Great possibility for the top world swimmers to have the temporal and/or the continual  training process at the highest level followed also by the experienced swimming expert board  that are all provided by the A.D.N. project in the Italian swim center in Ispra, might be heard from the mouth of Prof.Di Nino. Great conditions in Eindhoven,  the A.D.N. Swim Team (as it is named here in the Netherlands by the Dutch journalists) used for the latest brushes prior to the new shine times would be achieved... According to all news and sports magazines today, Mike Cavic is the brighest star of the first two days of the Amsterdam Cup 2009 (in 50 and 100 butterfly)...
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April 14 , 2009 .
American Randall Bal quits the Amsterdam Meeting... 
 
Randall Bal
(Amsterdam, NED) - As it was issued Monday in the Netherlands by the Zwemsite.nl, top US backstroker Randall Bal will cancel the announced participation in the upcoming Amsterdam Cup 2009. As it is explained from the ADN Swim project (where the American super star has a complete training process according to his next world step in the Rome 2009 Fina World swim championships) unexpected illness produced such decision. In this moment your reporter does not have a possibility to get into touch with the officials, but as soon at it would be available the SWIM STAR WEB PORTAL will have an exclusive news... According to the issued start list, Bal Randall has been entered for two events - 50 and 100 m backstroke...
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Randall Bal (born November 14, 1980 in Fair Oaks, California) is a backstroke swimmer from the United States, who started to represent his native land at the 2001 World Swim Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, where he won the gold medal in the 50 m backstroke. He started swimming under coach Mike Hastings at CAL Capital Aquatics in his age of four. High School graduated from the Bella Vista HS in 1999. From there, he admitted Stanford University, class of 2003 and graduated with a degree in psychology. He is sponsored by Speedo. In 2007, he collected the $100,000 prize purse offered by Arena and Fina in the Fina World Cup Series. At the 2008 FINA SC  Championships held in Manchester (GBR), he took the silver medal in the 100 Back, but he finished a surprising sixth in the 50 Back. He won another silver on the medley relay. He was the top qualifier in the 100 Back at the 2008 Olympic Trials, in both the prelimis and SFs, with the then-third fastest time ever in the semis (53.09), but he faded to fourth in the finals, finishing behind Aaron Peirsol, who set a new World Record of 52.89, Matt Grevers, and Ryan Lochte. Bal is competing at the 2008 FINA/ARENA World Cup, looking for a repeat title. His training process is realizing now at the A.D.N. swim project at the Ispra Planet coached by Andrea Di Nino in Italy...
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April  12, 2009 .
Introduce Inge Dekker - Dutch and the World Super Star... 
 
Inge Dekker at the welcome party in her home land since been earning the Olympic medal in Beijing 
Beijing '08 Dream Team: Marleen Veldhuis, Femke Heemskerk, Inge Dekker and Ranomi Kromowidjojo 
Inge Dekker (born August 18, 1985 in Eindhoven, NED) is a butterfly and freestyle swimmer one of the best in the Netherlands ever. She is studyng Psyschology, member of the Eiffel Swimmers PSV swim club coached by Jacco Verhaeren. Her sponsors are Hypotheek Company, Speedo Nederland BV, Eiffel and others.
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Dekker made her international debut at the Euro SC Champs Antwerp 2001  ending 14th in the 50 fly. At the 2002 FINA SC Champs in Moscow, she ended 13th in the 50 fly and 22nd in the 100 fly. In Riesa, Germany, at the Euro SC Champs 2002 Dekker was ranked 11th in the 50 fly and 10th in the 100 fly. At the 2003 World Champs in Barcelona, Spain, she ended 13th in the 100 fly, in her only event. In Dublin (IRE) at the Euro SC Champs 2003, she reached her first international final, finishing 8th in the 100 fly. Up to 2004, Dekker's "cream on cake" was the Athens 2004 Olympic Games where she won the bronze medal with the Dutch Women's 4x100m Free Relay Team alongside Inge de Bruijn, Marleen Veldhuis and Chantal Groot.
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From 2004 to 2008, Dekker continued worthy. At the 2005 World Champs in Montréal, she swam out in the finals of 50 and 100 fly. Together with Schreuder, Groot and Veldhuis, she reached the 4th place in 4x100 m free. At the Euro SC Champs 2005 she won gold medals in both relays while individually, a silver medal in the 50 fly behind Anna-Karin Kammerling (SWE). At the 2006 FINA Short Course Champs together with Groot, Schreuder and Veldhuis, Dekker set a world record and won a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Her first big individual title came at the 2006 Euro LC Champs in Budapest, (HUN) when she won the 100 fly. She also earned a silver medal in the 4x100 m freestyle alongside Groot, Kromowidjojo and Veldhuis. Same year, at the European SC Champs 2006 in Helsinki, Finland, Dekker won three silver medals in the 50 and 100 fly and the 4x50 m freestyle. In 2007 at the World Champs in Melbourne, Australia,  Dekker picked up  two bronze medals in the 4x100 m freestyle relay together with Heemskerk, Kromowidjojo and Veldhuis and individual bronze medal in 50 fly, while in the semi-finals of the 50 and 200 free she has been eliminated. The same year at the European SC Champs 2007 in Debrecen, Hungary, Dekker won the  100 fly and the 4x50 free (together with Schreuder, Kromowidjojo and Veldhuis). There she also earned silver medal in 50 fly again behind the Sweden Anna-Karin Kammerling.
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The first big competition of  2008 was the Euro LC Champs 2008 in her hometown Eindhoven. Dekker competed in many events as a test for the Olympics. The gold medal was won in 4x100 free relay alongside Kromowidjojo, Heemskerk and Veldhuis, while individualy, two silvers in 50 and 100 fly and twice bronze medals in the 100 free and 4x100 medley relay, with Schreuder, Jolijn van Valkengoed and Veldhuis, where she swam the butterfly leg. A few weeks later she took part in the 2008 FINA SC World Champs in Manchester (Great Britain) where she broke two relay WRs, first in 4x200 free relay with Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Marleen Veldhuis. Later on also WR in 4x100 freestyle relay where Kromowidjojo, who suffered from an elbow injury, was replaced by Hinkelien Schreuder. Individually she won bronze in 50 m fly but dropped out of the 100 m because she was little bit ill and preferred to save energy for the 4x100 freestyle relay. Crown of the worthy career came in Beijing 2008. The Netherlands girls enjoyed great satisfaction confirming  their dominance of the Womens' 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay by winning the Olympic title at the National Aquatics Center  with the time of 3:33.76. The names of these four buties and the world swim giants have to be memorised forever - Marleen Veldhuis, Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk 
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Arranged by Igor Rasula (Pics taken from the Dekker's official web site)

 
April 10, 2009 .
Serbian Couple - part of A.D.N. Swim Project in Amsterdam
 
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(Amsterdam, NED) - Asked by our greatest Italian mate in Nov.2005 we've presented the idea of the inauguration of one new 'world swim training center', the A.D.N. swim project - see our promo page here. The idea has started by Prof. Andrea Di Nino (ITA) and his profi team firstly at the GETUR's complex in Lignano Sabbiadoro,Italy... For the positions of the first assistants and promoters of that  project, Di Nino has engaged his respectable colleagues such as Alessandro Botolus,  Stafano Tracanelli, Alberto Gabbi, Alessandro Milan and Giancarlo Stradolini as a project chief manager...  (Amsterdam, NED) - Novembra meseca 2005  prvi put smo bili zamoljeni od naseg velikog Italijanskog prijatelja da pomognemo ideju stvaranja 'novog svetskog plivackog centra' - ADN projekta - pogledajte nasu prezentaciju ovde. Ideja je zaceta od strane Prof. Adrea Di Nina i njegovog tima zapocinjuci aktivnost uprvao u okviru GETUR kompleksa u gradicu Linjano Sabbiadoro (Italija). Za svoje prve pomocnike i promotere ovog projekta, Prof. Di Nino je angazovao svoje cenjene kolege - Alessandro Botolus, Stafano Tracanelli, Alberto Gabbi, Alessandro Milan i Giancarlo Stradolini-ja, kao managera projekta... 
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As times went by, in spite of  many efforts been inlayed, the A.D.N. project was rising with some obstacles. Getting the chance to settle down the complete engagement in the charm town of Ispra (near Milano), by the Ispra Planet swim center, the A.D.N. started widening by the steps of the 100-mile. Great  persons started to join the project such as Flavia de Jesus (BRA), Fabiola Molina (BRA), Fernando Scherer (BRA),  James Gibbson (GBR), Bal Randall (USA),  Vlad Polyakov (KZA) and many others...  Kako je vreme odmicalo, uprkos naporima i ogromnom ulozenom trudu ADN projekat se razvijao uz male prepreke. Dobijajuci sansu da kompletan angazman presele u mali italijanski grad Ispra pored Milana od strane Palnet kluba, ADN swim projekt je poceo da se razvija koracima od 100 milja. Velika plivacka imena su pocela da pristizu kao sto su: Flavia de Jesus (BRA), Fabiola Molina (BRA), Fernando Scherer (BRA),  James Gibbson (GBR), Bal Randall (USA), Vlad Polyakov (KZA) i mnogi drugi...
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But, within the last and this year, the A.D.N.  project has become one of the top and most respectable 'name' in the world of the swim training process.. More new persons came to have the temporal or continual works, such as Apostolos Tsagarakis (GRE), Milorad Cavic (SRB), Kim Vanderberg (USA), Miroslava Najdanovski (SRB), Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS), Diogo Yabe (BRA), etc.. The present A.D.N. project power is going to be fully seen in Amsterdam.. Good luck to Di Nino !! Ali tokom prosle i ove godine, ADN swim projekat postaje daleko najrespektabilnije ime u svetu plivackog sporta. Mnogo novih plivackih imena involvirano je unutar povremenih - stalnih trenaznih procesa. Neki od njih su: Apostolos Tsagarakis (GRE), Milorad Cavic (SRB), Kim Vanderberg (USA), Miroslava Najdanovski (SRB), Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS), Diogo Yabe (BRA) i drugi.. Snaga danasnjeg ADN projekta bice vidjena u Amsterdamu... Srecno Di Nino !!...
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Milorad Cavic and Miroslava Najdanovski - the highest power of the A.D.N. Swim Project...
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April 08 , 2009 .
Preliminary Entry List of the Amsterdam Cup events... 
 
Eight days stay left until the start of the greatest international meet this year in Europe. As the organizer announced, 88 clubs - teams with 514 competitors will take part in the Amsterdam Cup 2009... The 13 countries participants are: SWE, GRE, BRA, GER, SER, RUS, USA, FRA, NGR, RSA, SLO, SUI including NED with 74 domestic teams.
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Really the great European and the world swim names are entered. Among others here at the Sloterparkbad pool from Thursday through Sunday next week-end, the next national, European and the world record holders will be presented ... Among the male swimmers here are: Bal Randall (USA), Stefan Nystrand (SWE),  Milorad Cavic (SER), Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS), Matjaz Markic (SLO), Petter Stymne (SWE), Apostolos Tsagkarakis (GRE), Fernando Silva (Brazil ), Ioannis Kalargaris (GRE), Lars Frölander (SWE), Simon Sjödin (SWE), Spyridon-Marios Lekkas (GRE), etc... Among females: the Netherlands super stars - Marleen Veldhuis (NED), Hinkelien Schreuder (NED), Inge Dekker (NED), Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) all members of the Eiffel Swimmers PSV Eindhoven, then Josefine Lillhage (SWE), Miroslava Najdanovski (SER), Claire Hedenskog (SWE), Daniela Samulski (GER), and others...
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Click over the next link bellow for the official entry list of each Day/Event:
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Amsterdam Cup 2009 Entry Lists
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Some of the well-known swim persons we'll have a privilage to see in Amsterdam...
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April 07, 2009 .
Schedule of all events of the Amsterdam Cup 2009...
 


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April 06 , 2009 .
Sloterparkbad Swimming Complex in Amsterdam... 
 
Among ten and more swim centers in Amsterdam (Mirandabad, Marnixbad, Sportplaza Mercator, Bijlmerbad, Floraparkbad, Flevoparkbad, Brediusbad, etc.), the largest complex in the city and the country is Sloterparkbad. It offers facilities for everyone. Alongside the main 50m indoor pool that plays host to many swim, dive, water polo and other meets, there is an outdoor water park, outdoor pool and indoor recreational areas simply for fun.
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Situated in the western part of Amsterdam, the Sloterpark makes an ideal place for water sports and relaxation. More than half of the park’s territory is occupied by the lake Sloterplas. It swarms with fish, especially carps, and is one of Amsterdam’s best amateur fishing spots. Sloterpark was founded around the Sloterplas lake in the 1950s out of dug-up soil accumulated as the ground of the park. In 1957, on the north-west bank of the Sloterplas, the Sloterparkbad (Sloterparkbath) was built and in 1973 a covered swimming pool was inaugurated. In 2001, this construction was renovated and now offers its visitors perfect swimming conditions. Sloterpark also offers other programs.
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Sloterparkbad is also well-known place for many youth joinings, the music and culture festivals and other events. One of the famous European sport joinings - the Youth Friendship Games is organizning here, too. Tha latest official swim event that has been organized at the Sloterparkbad was the Dutch national championships (short course pool) held in December 2008.
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The Sloterbadpark swim and other facilities (few pics taken from the Optisport.nl) 
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April  05, 2009 .
About the Amsterdam Swim Cup 2009... 
 
The National Swimming Institute of Amsterdam (E.ON-NZA) has invited European and the world swimmers to  participate in the sixth edition of the Amsterdam Swim Cup 2009.  This spectacular 4 day event in the well known Sloterparkbad swim complex in Amsterdam is supported by the Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB) and is also mentioned in the LEN Calendar 2009.
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The conditions include next few main rules: the participation is possible in the open categories men and women; the heats will take 2 hours at maximum; the seeding in the heats will be based on the FINA rules, with the fastest swimmers in the last 3 heats; in the 100 metres events and the 200 metres freestyle, the fastest 8 youth swimmers will compete in the last heat; the 400 IM, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 1500 freestyle will be swum as Timed Finals (Heat Declared Winners); the fastest heats of those events will be swum in the afternoon session during the finals, the other heats in the morning session; the 8 fastest swimmers reach the final. Withdrawal for the finals can only be done in writing, up to 30 minutes after the announcement of the results. For each final two reserve swimmers will be listed in the final schedule. There are A and B finals in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, for which the fastest 16 swimmers will qualify. The organisation might add more B finals, regarding the entered participants. The One Start Rule will be applied. The pool is 50m long, 8 lanes, with anti wave lane ropes and the electronic timing. There is a separate warm-up/swim-down pool available during the meet.  The competition will be held under FINA law and technical rules.  The organizers reserve the right to limit entries. 
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The following prizes are awarded for the 5 best results for men and the 5 best results for women during the Amsterdam Swim Cup: 1st prize € 1.000,-;  2nd prize € 600,-;  3rd prize € 450,-;  4th prize € 300,-;  5th prize € 150. The result will be determined using the FINA Points Scoring 2008. Only times swum in finals qualify for these prizes. Prizes will be awarded during the Farewell Party, after the finals on Sunday 19 April 2009. Winners have to collect their prize personally.
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. Daily there are separate prizes of € 250,- on specific events: Thursday: 50 butterfly men and 50 backstroke women;  Friday: 200 freestyle men and 100 breaststroke women;  Saturday: 50 backstroke men and 100 freestyle women;  Sunday: 100 breaststroke men and 50 butterfly women. The day prize of  € 250,- goes to the winner of the final of the event. Day prizes will be awarded instantly after the final. Winners have to collect their prize personally. When two swimmers book the same results, prizes will be divided.
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April 04, 2009 .
Welcome to the Web Blog on the Amsterdam Cup 2009...
 
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(Amsterdam, NED) - Upon the patronage of the Netherlands swim federation and the National Swimming Institute of Amsterdam (E.ON-NZA), for the 6th consecutive year the international meet Amsterdam Swim Cup 2009 will be held in the main Dutch city. (Amsterdam, NED) - Pod pokroviteljstvom Holandskog plivackog saveza i nacionalnog Instituta za plivanje Eon.NZA, po sesti put zaredom u najznacajnijem gradu Holandije, ogranizuje se medjunarodni plivacki miting "Amsterdam Kup 2009". 
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The meeting will be held in the famous "swim paradise" the Sloterparkbad swim center in Amsterdam by the 50-m Olympic pool. This competition is the trial meet for all domestic athletes regarding the upcoming Fina World Championships Rome 2009 and the Euro Junior Prague 2009. So, it is expected that the top Dutchies would take part in as well as many other swimmers  from abroad. Miting se odrzava u poznatom "plivackom raju" Sloterparkbad centru u Amsterdamu, u okviru zatvorenog olimpijskog bazena (50). Ovo je ciljano domace takmicenje (KNZB) predvidjeno kao izborno za nastupajuce svetsko prvenstvo u Rimu 2009 i juniorsko prvenstvo u Pragu. Zbog toga se ocekuje ucesce svih najboljih domacih takmicara, ali i veliki broj plivaca iz inostranstva.
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From the list of the world swim stars that is  already announced by the organizer, here in Amsterdam will compete: Mike Cavic (SRB); Bal Randall (USA); Stefan Nystrand, Sarah Sjöström and Lars Frölander (SWE) et al. As part of the A.D.N Swim Project, ITA Miroslava Najdanovski (SRB), two times Olympian and the national record holder will swim, too...  Sa liste najpoznatijih svetskih zvezda koje organizator najavljuje ovde u Amsterdamu ce biti: Milorad Cavic (SRB); Bal Randall (USA); Stefan Nystrand, zatim Sarah Sjöström i Lars Frölander (SWE) i mnogi drugi... U okviru tima A.D.N. Swim Project-a (ITA), pojavice se i Miroslava Najdanovski (SRB), dvostruka olimpijka i rekorder Srbije...
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Sparkles from the City of Amsterdam, been taken in April 2009 ...(Photo by Igor Rasula)
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(By Igor Rasula, Amsterdam, AIPS id SRB05252)
Direct contact to Igor Rasula may be made via the next e-mail: igorrasula@gmail.com
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