Inge de Bruijn, age 24, swimming unattached and currently training with Paul Bergen's Sunset Swim Team (SNST) set the European record for Women's 50 meter Freestyle during the finals of Potomac Valley Swimming Senior Long Course meet. Her time of 25.06 broke the previous European record of 25.10 set by Natalia Mesheryakova of Russia in Rome during the 1994 World Championships as well as the Dutch national record of 25.55 set by Angela Postma also in Rome.
This record is pending until ratified by LEN.
Inge's time is the is also the fastest swum so far in the world during 1998. The previous fastest time for the year of 25.15 was set by Amy Van Dyken at the World Championships held last January in Perth, Australia.
Inge will be competing at the forthcoming Goodwill Games July 28-August 2 as part of the World All-Star Team. Inge holds the European records for 50m Butterfly -- both short and long course. She also has the Dutch National records in 100 m Butterfly for both short course and long course. Inge finished 7th in 100m Butterfly during the 1998 World Championships.
The meet was held July 17-19, 1998 at the Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton, VA. Inge has trained in Potomac Valley since October, 1997.