2023 European Short Course Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2023 European Short Course Swimming Championships

The second preliminary session of the 2023 European Short Course Championships will feature seven events, with one being a relay. The session will kick off with the women’s 200 backstroke, then move on to the men’s 50 freestyle, women’s 200 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke, women’s 100 IM, men’s 4×50 medley relay, and finally the men’s 1500 freestyle.

After leading off the victorious British 4×50 freestyle relay last night in a sizzling 20.56, Ben Proud enters the individual event as the top seed (20.49). He will swim side-by-side Florent Manaudou in the final heat, who is the former world record holder in this event. Maxime Grousset and Lewis Burras are two additional names to keep an eye on in this event, as Grousset opened his meet strongly yesterday with a national record in the 100 fly. Burras featured on the British winning relay last night, splitting 20.47 on the anchor leg.

The men’s 100 breaststroke is perhaps the most stacked event of the morning. Emre Sakci, the world record holder in the 50 SCM breast, comes in as the top seeded entrant (55.74). Sakci is scheduled to take on the 50 freestyle this morning as well. The defending champion, Italian Nicolo Martinenghi, is seeded 2nd in 56.01. The Dutch duo of Arno Kamminga and Caspar Corbeau are two additional names to watch, as they’ve both had a great performances throughout the past two months.

Daniel Wiffen of Ireland will be a major highlight in the men’s 1500 freestyle to close the session. Wiffen secured a gold medal and national record in the 400 freestyle (3:35.47) yesterday. His 400 swim was very well paced, as he split 1:47/1:47 en route to the record performance. We could be in for a very special swim tomorrow night, assuming he makes the final.

The #9 seed in the men’s 100 breaststroke, Matej Zabojnik, has scratched the event. Lena Kreundl of Austria has added the 100 IM as a late entry.


  • World Record: Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 1:58.94 (2020)
  • European Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 1:59.23 (2014)
  • SC Euros Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 1:59.84 (2015)

Top 16:

  1. Medi Harris (GBR) – 2:03.77
  2. Katie Shanahan (GBR) – 2:04.61
  3. Gabriela Georgieva (BUL) – 2:05.15
  4. Kathleen Dawson (GBR) – 2:05.44 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  5. Margherita Panziera (ITA) – 2:05.56
  6. Lotte Hosper (NED) – 2:06.07
  7. Dora Molnar (HUN) – 2:06.31
  8. Pauline Mahieu (FRA) – 2:06.32
  9. Emma Terebo (FRA) – 2:06.47
  10. Camila Rebelo (POR) – 2:06.79
  11. Eszter Szabo Feltothy (HUN) – 2:07.02
  12. Maria Godden (IRL) – 2:07.10
  13. Freya Colbert (GBR) – 2:07.20 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  14. Iv Loeyning (NOR) – 2:07.44
  15. Kira Touissant (NED) – 2:07.56
  16. Aissia-Claudia Prisecariu (ROU) – 2:08.92
  17. Iris Julia Berger (AUT) – 2:09.13
  18. Hanna Rosvall (SWE) – 2:09.39

Medi Harris of Great Britain took out heat 2 strongly, leading from start to finish. She turned through the 50 in 28.93, the 100 in 59.58, the 150 in 1:30.96, before getting to the wall in a cumulative time of 2:03.77. She finished ahead of teammate Kathleen Dawson (2:05.44), who placed 2nd in the heat. While Dawson finished with the 4th fastest time of the morning, she will not get a second swim as only the two fastest swimmers from each country can advance.

Katie Shanahan took control of the final heat from the very beginning, ultimately finishing in a winning time of 2:04.61. That ranks her 2nd going into the semi-finals, only sitting behind the 2:03.77 posted by Harris.

Defending champion Kira Touissant took 4th in the opening heat, finishing in a final time of 2:07.56. That ranked her as the 15th fastest swimmer of the morning, meaning she’ll just barely sneak into the semi-finals tonight. She holds a personal best (and Dutch national record) of 2:01.26 from 2021.


  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 20.16 (2020)
  • European Record: Florent Manaudou (FRA) – 20.26 (2014)
  • SC Euros Record: Vlad Morozov (RUS) – 20.31 (2017)

Top 16:

  1. Benjamin Proud (GBR) – 20.97
  2. Lorenzo Zazzeri (ITA) – 21.03
  3. Lewis Burras (GBR) – 21.21
  4. Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE) – 21.22
  5. Alessandro Miressi (ITA) – 21.23
  6. Vladyslav Bukhov (UKR) – 21.24
  7. Maxime Grousset (FRA) – 21.25
  8. Kenzo Simons (NED) – 21.30
  9. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) – 21.31
  10. Florent Manaudou (FRA) & Jesse Puts (NED) – 21.33
  11. Leonardo Deplano (ITA) & Matthew Richards (GBR) – 21.34 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  12. Giovanni Izzo (ITA) – 21.36 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  13. Nas Lia (NOR) – 21.47
  14. Tom Fannon (IRL) – 21.56
  15. Emre Sakci (TUR) – 21.57
  16. Matej Dusa (SVK) – 21.60
  17. Daniel Zaitsev (EST) – 21.62

Giovanni Izzo of Italy posted a strong 21.36 time to win heat one, finishing well ahead of the field. While his time held up through a few more heats, he won’t get a second swim because two other Italians posted faster times this morning.

Ben Proud took the win in the final heat (20.97) to secure the top spot heading into the semi-finals. He was the only swimmer to break 10 seconds on the opening 25, flipping in 9.89 en route to the heat win.

Lorenzo Zazzeri of Italy posted the 2nd fastest time of the morning, hitting the touchpad in 21.03 to claim the win in heat six. Zazzeri has been as quick as 20.84 in this event, which he recorded at the 2021 version of these championships. Lewis Burras finished 2nd to Zazzeri in that heat, stopping the clock in 21.21. He will advance through to tonight’s semi-finals in 3rd.

Maxime Grousset cruised to a time of 21.25 to place 2nd in heat 5, presumably saving energy for tonight’s 100 fly battle with Noe Ponti. Grousset will have to swim the semi-finals of this event just minutes before he lines up for the 100 fly final.

Former world record holder Florent Manaudou finished 10th this morning, posting a time of 21.33. This 50 freestyle is the only individual event he entered for this competition.


  • World Record: Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 1:59.61 (2014)
  • European Record: Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 1:59.61 (2014)
  • SC Euros Record: Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2:01.52 (2013)

Top 16: 

  1. Keanna MacInnes (GBR) – 2:05.51
  2. Laura Lahtinen (FIN) – 2:05.60
  3. Emily Large (GBR) – 2:06.11
  4. Angelina Kohler (GER) – 2:06.82
  5. Helena Rosendahl Bach (DEN) – 2:06.94
  6. Laura Stephens (GBR) – 2:07.17 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  7. Kajtaz Amina (CRO) – 2:08.57
  8. Lana Pudar (BIH) – 2:08.69
  9. Katja Fain (SLO) – 2:09.15
  10. Alessia Polieri (ITA) – 2:09.59
  11. Edith Jernstedt (SWE) – 2:09.90
  12. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) – 2:10.47
  13. Valentine Dumont (BEL) – 2:10.48
  14. Mariana Cunha (POR) – 2:10.66
  15. Tessa Giele (NED) – 2:10.88
  16. Nida Eliz Ustundag (TUR) – 2:11.88
  17. Anja Crevar (SRB) – 2:12.47

Laura Lahtinen of Finland and Emily Large of Great Britain had a great battle in the first of the heats, with Lahtinen getting the touch (2:05.60) over Large (2:06.11). Those swims would hold up to rank 2nd and 3rd heading into tonight’s semi-finals.

Keanna MacInnes of Team GB posted the fastest time of the morning from heat two, stopping the clock in 2:05.51 to overtake the mark by Lahtinen by 0.09. She won the heat comfortably, taking the win by over a second.

Helena Rosendahl Bach was victorious in the final heat, hitting the wall in 2:06.94 to take win over Laura Stephens (2:07.17). Stephens will not get a second swim, as teammates MacInnes and Large posted faster times this morning.


Top 16:

  1. Arno Kamminga (NED) – 56.63
  2. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 57.26
  3. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 57.34
  4. Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 57.50
  5. Bernhard Reitshammer (AUT) – 57.93
  6. Omer Berkay Ogretir (TUR) – 57.97
  7. Archie Goodburn (GBR) – 57.98
  8. Koen De Groot (NED) – 58.00 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  9. Federico Poggio (ITA) – 58.05 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  10. Anton McKee (ISL) – 58.06
  11. Bram Zwetsloot (NED) – 58.16 (only two swimmers per country can advance)
  12. Emre Sakci (TUR) – 58.30
  13. Andrius Sidlauskas (LTU) – 58.36
  14. Maksym Ovchinnikov (UKR) – 58.44
  15. Matej Zabojnik (CZE) – 58.57
  16. Christoffer Haarsaker (NOR) – 58.64
  17. Luka Mladenovic (AUT) – 58.85
  18. Vojtech Netrh (CZE) – 58.95
  19. Snorri Dagur Einarsson (ISL) – 58.96

It took a sub-59 second swim this morning to advance to the next round in the men’s 100 breaststroke, as the Dutch duo of Arno Kamminga (56.63) and Caspar Corbeau (57.26) lead all qualifiers. The Dutch breaststroke depth was on full display this morning in Otopeni, as they claimed 4 of the fastest 11 swims. However, only Kamminga and Corbeau will be permitted to advance.

Defending champion Nicolo Martinenghi recorded the 3rd fastest time of the morning (57.34), with his teammate Simone Cerasuolo posting the 4th fastest swim (57.50).

Emre Sakci of Turkey, who holds the world record in the 50 breast, advanced through to the semi-finals in 12th. He also qualified for the 50 freestyle semi-finals just minutes before.

WOMEN’S 100 IM – Heats

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 56.51 (2017)
  • European Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 56.51 (2017)
  • SC Euros Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 56.67 (2015)

Top 16:

  1. Nele Schulze (GER) – 59.14
  2. Lena Kreundl (AUT) – 59.35
  3. Louise Hansson (SWE) – 59.37
  4. Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) – 59.56
  5. Anita Bottazzo (ITA) & Diana Petkova (BUL) – 59.74
  6. Costanza Cocconcelli (ITA) – 59.79
  7. Fanny Teijonsalo (FIN) – 59.94
  8. Neza Klancar (SLO) – 1:00.14
  9. Ellen Walshe (IRL) – 1:00.20
  10. Beryl Gastaldello (FRA) – 1:00.44
  11. Schastine Tabor (DEN) – 1:00.44
  12. Hanna Bergman (SWE) – 1:00.51
  13. Nina Stanisavljevic (SRB) – 1:00.53
  14. Tamara Potocka (SVK) – 1:00.73
  15. Katie Shanahan (GBR) – 1:00.77

Nele Schulze of Germany is the top qualifier heading into the semi-finals, as she posted a swift 59.14 to take the win in heat three. Lena Kreundl posted a time of 59.35 in heat one, and that swim held on to qualify 2nd. Louise Hansson won heat 2 (59.37) and will advance in 3rd place.

Katie Shanahan of Great Britain will advance to the next round in 16th place, rounding out her double after qualifying for the 200 backstroke semi-finals earlier in the session.

Ellen Walshe, the bronze medalist from yesterday’s 400 IM, posted a time of 1:00.20 to qualify 10th.

Beryl Gastaldello, who has won silver at Worlds in this event twice, clocked 1:00.44 to advance in 11th position. She will also contest the 50 freestyle final later tonight, where she is the top seed. Luckily for her, the 50 freestyle final precedes the 100 IM semi-finals in tonight’s session.


  • World Record: Italy – 1:29.72 (2022)
  • European Record: Italy – 1:29.72 (2022)
  • SC Euros Record: Italy – 1:30.14 (2021)

Top 8:

  1. Italy – 1:34.07
  2. Great Britain – 1:34.45
  3. Netherlands – 1:34.89
  4. Portugal – 1:34.99
  5. Romania – 1:35.10
  6. Ukraine – 1:35.11
  7. Norway – 1:35.12
  8. Turkey – 1:35.31

Italy’s quartet of Lorenzo Mora (23.41), Federico Poggio (27.25), Thomas Ceccon (22.29), and Giovanni Izzo (21.12) stopped the clock in 1:34.07 to take the top qualifying spot. While they were over four seconds from the world record they set last year, look for some line-up changes tonight to close the gap on that margin.

Great Britain posted a time of 1:34.45 to grab the 2nd seed, while the Netherlands touched in 1:34.89 to secure the 3rd spot. Caspar Corbeau, who qualified 2nd in the 100 breaststroke earlier in the session, posted a field leading 25.79 on the breaststroke leg. It will be interesting to see if Corbeau remains on the relay tonight after that sizzling effort, or if Arno Kamminga will be substituted in.

3rd through 7th were separated by just 0.23 this morning, foreshadowing a multi-way battle for the podium positions.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – Heats

Top 8:

  1. Daniel Wiffen (IRL) – 14:34.50
  2. Henrik Christiansen (NOR) – 14:36.25
  3. Victor Johansson (SWE) – 14:38.58
  4. David Aubry (FRA) – 14:38.98
  5. Damien Joly (FRA) – 14:39.05
  6. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 14:39.24
  7. Nathan Wiffen (IRL) – 14:39.34
  8. Vlad-Stefan Stancu (ROU) – 14:40.10

Daniel Wiffen of Ireland earned the top qualifying spot for tomorrow’s final of the 1500, stopping the clock in a time of 14:34.50 to win heat two. Wiffen had a great start to the meet yesterday, where he grabbed a gold medal and national record in the 400 freestyle (3:35.47). The 400 victory was a multi-second time drop for Wiffen, and the 1500 is a much better event for him. The world record stands at 14:06.88, which Florian Wellbrock put in the books in 2021. That mark will be something to keep an eye on during tomorrow’s final.

Henrik Christiansen (14:36.25) of Norway and Victor Johansson (14:38.58) of Sweden qualified 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Vlad-Stefan Stancu of the host country secured lane eight for tomorrow’s final (14:40.10).

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Former Big10
2 months ago

Netherlands with the breastroke chops, eh?

NornIron Swim
2 months ago

Both Wiffens into the 1500 final. 👏

Thomas Selig
2 months ago

You do wonder whether having semis for 200 distances here is really necessary. Most of the 200 fields are quite small, and given how short the meet is overall I feel it would be better to go straight to finals.

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Thomas Selig
2 months ago

100%. 👍
There should be a WA rule that if there is not over 24 entries (maybe more?) then the event will be a straight final.
Think of the women’s 200fly in Tokyo. Complete waste of time and energy having semis given there were only 16 entries after Hosszú scratched.

Reply to  Thomas Selig
2 months ago

To this day, I haven’t figured out what was so wrong about B-finals that they had to introduce semis. It just makes meets unnecessarily long.

Sapnu puas
Reply to  FST
2 months ago

B finals don’t matter- no jeopardy etc. not a fan personally

Summer Love
Reply to  FST
2 months ago

B finals is so not necessary.

Reply to  FST
2 months ago

There would be a ton of scratches out of B finals at big meets if they had them.

Reply to  Thomas Selig
2 months ago

This used to be the case at Euro short course I’m sure. Straight finals for 200s and above and 50 semi finals and finals in the same session (start and end). Made the meet shorter and more entertaining. They should bring it back.

Thomas Selig
2 months ago

Brits continuing to swim well. Medi Harris qualifying first out of the 200 backs heats having come into the meet without an entry time. Not sure I can remember her swimming a 200 back before… Proud looking extremely comfortable, and only sub-21 time this morning.

2 months ago

She pushed it hard, but that was impressive from Medi – Hopefully we’ll see a few LC 200s in 2024.