The sport daily L'Equipe, France, in its August 6th edition reports that Inge De Bruijn's 50 free time of 25.06 from the Potomac Valley Championships in July will likely not be recognized by LEN.

However Ms. De Bruijn has two other fast times since than a 25.09 from the Goodwill Games and an even faster 25.01 from the Trofeu Brazil in Sao Paulo on August 8, both of which better the prior European record of 25.10..

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. The meet is being held July 17-19, 1998 at the Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton, VA. 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.

This record is unofficial until accepted by LEN (League of European Nations).

Inge's time 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 -again for both short course and long course. Inge finished 7th in 100m Butterfly during the 1998 World Championships. She swam the Potomac Valley meet unshaved. Inge has trained in Potomac Valley since October, 1997

In doing so, de Bruijn broke several other records including the Dutch national record of 25.55 set by Angela Postma. The Potomac Valley Open and Resident records previously held by Amy Batchelder and Mary Petry respectively also fell.

Inge also swam a 25.33 during prelims, which broke the Dutch National Record as well as the PVS records.

Photo from Goodwill Games