2019 European SC Championships – Day 2 Preview & Start Lists

2019 LEN European Short Course Championships

There were a few notable scratches out of heats on Day 2 of the 2019 LEN European Short Course Championships. Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi will not participate in the men’s 200 breast. He was seeded 18th with 2:07.00. His countryman Thomas Ceccon, 9th in the 100 back with 50.80, will not swim on Thursday morning. Markus Lie of Norway was seeded 22nd in the men’s 200 free but scratched to focus on the 100 back where he is seeded 21st.

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos pulled out of the 100 free where she was seeded 18th (53.72) to focus on the 100 IM where she is 6th (59.48). Her teammate Evelyn Verraszto (21st with 1:00.97) scratched the IM. Silvia di Pietro of Italy will not swim the 100 free (11th with 53.08) in order to concentrate on the 50 fly.

France’s Beryl Gastaldello is swimming two events on Thursday morning. She is top seed in the women’s 50 fly (24.81) and second in the 100 free (51.81). Her teammate Melanie Henique is second seed in the fly (25.02). Femke Heemskerk of Netherlands comes in with the fastest time in the 100 free (51.29).

The men’s 100 back will feature Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (European record-holder and #1 seed with 49.40), Andrei Shabasov (#2 with 49.97), Grigory Tarasevich (#8 with 50.79), and Dmitry Maltsev (51.32). As a reminder, there is a 2-athletes-per-country qualification rule in the prelims sessions. While countries can enter up to 4 swimmers per event*, only 2 can advance from the preliminary heats.

*except in the women’s 800 and men’s 1500 freestyles, which are timed-final races, where countries are only allowed 2 entries per event.

Danas Rapsys of Lithuania is number one seed in the men’s 200 free with 1:40.95. World record-holder Katinka Hosszu (HUN) is top seed by over a second in the 100 IM with 57.05. Great Britain’s Max Litchfield (4:00.18) and Duncan Scott (4:04.55) are the top two seeds in the men’s 400 IM. Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri will lead the heats of the 1500 free with 14:09.14 and 14:09.87, respectively; they are both more than 10 seconds faster than the rest of the field.


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3 years ago

Rapsys has a 1:39 in the tank today at a minimum

Reply to  Ragnar
3 years ago

WR at worst? I disagree. But I think he can do it!

Thomas Selig
3 years ago

In the evening session there’s only half an hour between the 200 free and the 400 IM finals. Tough double for Scott.

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