European SC Championships Plan New 6-Day Schedule, Adding 2 Events

November’s European Short Course Swimming Championships will feature a new-look 6-day competition schedule that will include for the first time the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free.

Even as those events have gained more credibility in long course, including the culminating edition to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games schedule, the European Short Course Championships have remained the unique holdout. The event wasn’t included in the 2019 championship, even in a pre-Olympic year where they were to be Olympic events.

But the expansion from a 5 day schedule previously to a 6 day schedule in 2021 allowed for the addition of the new events.

The last time these championships added new events was in 2012 in Chartres, France. That was when the mixed-gender 200 free and 200 medley relays were added to the schedule – which at the time was a leading-edge addition.

The European Short Course Championships began in their current format in 1996, and sprouted out of the European Sprint Championships that were held from 1991 through 1994. Those sprint championships, which focused on 50 meter races and the 100 IM, were much shorter meets.

When the schedule expanded in 1996, the event count grew from 14 to 38, and the meet became a three day event. By 1999, the third edition, a fourth day was added to the schedule, even without new events. The five day format wasn’t adopted until 2017, which was five years after the event schedule was expanded with the mixed relays.

Now in 2021, with 42 events, triple the number of those first sprint championships, the meet will run for six days in Kazan, Russia.

Breaking up 50 Meter Finals and Semifinals

The addition of two new events, and a new day of competition, allowed organizers to not just tweak the schedule or drop the new races in, but to completely reimagine the event lineup.

Among the changes is the elimination of one of the unique quirks of this meet. In previous editions, the semifinal rounds and final rounds of races were held in the same session.

But this stretch doesn’t mean sessions will be ‘short, by any means. While prelims time lines won’t be out until after entries are solidified, most of the finals sessions bump up on 3 hours in length when all of the ceremonies are included.

2021 vs. 2019 Schedule Comparison

While some days have just been reorganized, other days have been completely rewritten.

Some of the biggest conflicts have been removed. For example, the women’s 100 fly final is no longer in the same session as both the 50 free semifinals and the 50 free finals. The women’s 50 free will now be held on days 1 and 2 instead.

The men’s 100 free and men’s 100 IM, which was a tough double for swimmers like Vlad Morozov. In 2019, Morozov won gold in the 100 free, but skipped the 100 IM in spite of being the World Record holder in the event at the time.

Projected Start/End time (finals sessions) Day 1 heats – 2021
Day 1 heats – 2019
Women’s 400 IM heats
Men’s 100 fly heats
Men’s 400 free heats
Women’s 50 breast heats
Women’s 50 free heats
Men’s 50 breast heats
Men’s 50 back heats
Women’s 400 IM heats
Women’s 100 breast heats
Men’s 400 free heats
Men’s 100 fly heats
Women’s 100 back heats
Women’s 4×50 free relay heats
Men’s 200 back heats
Men’s 4×50 free relay heats
Men’s 4×50 free relay heats
Women’s 800 free
Women’s 800 free heats
Day 1 finals Day 1 finals
6:15 PM Women’s 400 IM final
Men’s 50 breast semifinals
Men’s 400 free final
Women’s 50 breast semifinals
Women’s 50 free semifinals
Men’s 200 back semifinals
Men’s 50 back semifinals
Women’s 400 IM final
Women’s 100 breast semifinals
Men’s 400 free final
Men’s 100 fly semifinals
Women’s 100 back semifinals
Women’s 4×50 free relay finals
Men’s 100 fly semifinals
8:00 PM Men’s 4×50 free relay finals
Women’s 50 breast final
Men’s 50 breast final
Men’s 4×50 free relay final
Day 2 heats Day 2 heats
Women’s 200 back heats
Men’s 200 free heats
Men’s 50 free heats
Women’s 50 fly heats
Women’s 200 fly heats
Men’s 200 breast heats
Men’s 100 breast heats
Women’s 100 free heats
Women’s 100 IM heats
men’s 100 back heats
Men’s 4×50 medley relay heats
Women’s 100 IM heats
6:15 PM Men’s 1500 free heats
Men’s 400 IM heats
Mixed 4×50 medley relay heats
Men’s 1500 free heats
Day 2 finals Day 2 finals
Men’s 50 free final
Women’s 50 fly semifinals
Men’s 50 back final
Men’s 200 free final
Women’s 100 breast final
Men’s 200 breast final
Men’s 50 free semifinals
WOmen’s 100 free semifinals
Women’s 200 fly semifinals
Men’s 400 IM final
Men’s 100 fly final
Women’s 100 abck final
8:39 PM Women’s 800 free final
Men’s 100 back semifinals
Men’s 100 breast semifinals
Women’s 100 IM semifinals
Women’s 200 back semifinals
Men’s 100 fly final
Women’s 100 IM semifinals
Women’s 800 free final
Men’s 4×50 medley relay finals
Women’s 50 fly final
Mixed 4×50 medley relay final
Day 3 heats Day 3 heats
Women’s 100 free heats
Women’s 100 breast heats
Men’s 200 IM heats
Men’s 50 free heats
Women’s 200 breast heats
Women’s 200 back heats
Men’s 100 back heats
Men’s 100 breast heats
6:15 PM Women’s 50 back heats
Women’s 200 fly heats
Men’s 200 fly heats
Men’s 200 IM heats
Women’s 4×50 medley relay heats
Women’s 4×50 free relay heats
Women’s 1500 free heats
Day 3 finals Day 3 finals
Women’s 200 back final
Men’s 50 free semifinal
Men’s 50 free final
Women’s 100 free final
Women’s 200 fly final
Men’s 100 breast semifinals
Men’s 200 IM semifinals
Women’s 200 back final
Women’s 100 free semifinals
Men’s 200 IM final
Women’s 100 back semifinals
Women’s 200 fly final
Women’s 100 IM semifinals
Women’s 100 breast semifinals
9:09 PM Men’s 1500 free final
Men’s 100 back final
Women’s 200 breast semifinals
Women’s 100 IM final
Men’s 200 fly semifinals
Men’s 1500 free finals
Women’s 50 back semifinals
Men’s 50 free final
Women’s 100 breast final
Women’s 4×50 free relay final
Women’s 4×50 medley relay final
Day 4 heats Day 4 heats
Women’s 100 back heats
Men’s 50 fly heats
Men’s 200 free heats
Women’s 50 back heats
6:15 PM Women’s 100 fly heats
Men’s 100 free heats
Men’s 200 breast heats
Women’s 200 free heats
Women’s 200 IM heats
Women’s 100 fly heats
Men’s 50 fly heats
Men’s 100 IM heats
Women’s 200 IM heats
Mixed 4×50 free relay heats
Day 4 finals Day 4 finals
Men’s 200 IM final
Men’s 50 back semifinals
Women’s 100 free final
Men’s 50 fly semifinals
Men’s 100 back final
Women’s 100 breast final
Women’s 100 back semifinals
Men’s 100 free semifinals
Men’s 200 free semifinals
Women’s 200 IM final
9:13 PM Women’s 100 fly semifinals
Men’s 100 IM semifinals
Women’s 200 breast final
Women’s 200 free final
Men’s 200 fly final
Men’s 100 breast final
Women’s 50 back final
Women’s 100 fly semifinals
Men’s 200 breast semifinals
Men’s 50 fly final
Women’s 200 IM semifinals
Women’s 50 back final
Men’s 50 fly semifinals
Mixed 4×50 free relay final
Women’s 1500 free final
Day 5 heats Day 5 heats
Men’s 50 breast heats
Women’s 50 free heats
Women’s 200 free heats
Men’s 50 back heats
Men’s 200 back heats
Women’s 200 breast heats
6:15 PM Women’s 50 breast heats
Men’s 200 fly heats
Men’s 100 free heats
Women’s 400 free heats
Men’s 100 IM heats
Men’s 4×50 medley relay heats
Women’s 50 fly heats
Women 4×50 medley relay heats
Mixed 4×50 free relay heats
Men’s 800 free heats
Day 5 finals Day 5 finals
Women’s 100 back final
Women’s 50 free semifinals
Men’s 200 free final
Men’s 50 back semifinals
Women’s 100 fly final
Women’s 200 breast final
Men’s 200 breast final
Men’s 100 free final
Women’s 200 free semifinals
Women’s 100 fly final
Women’s 200 IM final
Men’s 100 IM final
9:03 PM Men’s 50 fly final
Women’s 400 free final
Men’s 100 IM semifinals
Men’s 200 fly final
Women’s 50 breast semi-finals
Women’s 50 free final
Men’s 50 breast semi-finals
Men’s 50 back final
Men’s 100 free semifinals
Women’s 4×50 medley relay final
Women’s 50 fly semifinals
Men’s 4×50 medley relay final
Men’s 200 back semifinals
6:15 PM Mixed 4×50 free relay final
Day 6 heats
Day 6 – no events
Men’s 400 IM heats
Women’s 400 free heats
Mixed 4×50 medley relay heats
Day 6 finals Day 6 – no events
Men’s 100 IM final
Men’s 50 breast final
Women’s 200 free final
8:58 PM Men’s 200 back final
Women’s 400 free final
Men’s 400 IM final
Women’s 50 breast final
Men’s 100 free final
Women’s 50 fly final
Men’s 800 free final
Mixed 4×50 medley relay final

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