The entries are out for the 2014 European Championships, and if Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu holds her ground over 7 days of pool swimming, it will be quite a busy week for the Hungarian in Berlin. While she does have plenty of swims, it perhaps won’t feel as busy as some meets she’s swum recently given that this is spread out over an entire week, but by next Sunday, her toughness will have to shine through after a grueling stretch of competition.
Remember that this meet includes semi-finals for all races 200 meters and shorter, so most of Hosszu’s entries below will be swum in triplicate (though prelims, at least, shouldn’t be much to fight through for her). Her 10 individual entries, based on the day of their preliminary session. This means at least twice in finals sessions (day 4 and day 6), Hosszu could have triples if she sees out all 10 events and advances to finals in all 10 events.
- Day 1: 400 IM, 200 back
- Day 2: 100 free
- Day 3: 200 IM, 100 back
- Day 4: 100 fly
- Day 5: 200 free, 50 backstroke
- Day 6: 200 fly
- Day 7: 400 free
Other things we noticed are that relays in general, and mixed relays specifically, are getting tepid responses at best. For example, the 400 mixed free relay has just four entries: Russian, France, Turkey, and Italy.
France’s Jeremy Stravius, who has been battling injury since withdrawing from the World Championships last year, will swim only the 50 back and 100 back individually. We presume that several relays will go with that, but prior to his injury problems last year he was having a vastly improved versatility that looked like he might be a 4-5 event guy at these European Championships.
Russia’s Vlad Morozov will swim the 50 back, the 50 free, and the 100 freestyle. That’s about what we’d expect from him at a meet of this level, though he could slip in the 100 backstroke if he wanted. He’d prefer to save his energy to challenge the defending Olympic 50 champion Florent Manaudou, however.
Manaudou himself will swim the 50 free, the 100 free, and the 50 fly.
And finally, Ruta Meilutyte, despite the Youth Olympic Games’ preference that athletes stay for the duration of the meet, has stuck to her commitment to swim the 50 breaststroke at the European Championships thus far. She’s the World Record holder in that event, and if she can fight through the jet-lag, shouldn’t really have much of a challenge – she’s the only swimmer seeded better than 30 seconds. Fighting through the jet lag isn’t always easy, but the fact that Meilutyte need only swim a single event at Euros means the fatigue from a days-long adjustment might not hit her by the time she races.
Swimming begins on Monday morning Berlin time. See our full meet preview, along with times and result links here.