Germany names 26 to European Juniors squad to keep top-3 streak alive

Germany’s swimming federation has announced its official squad for the European Junior Championships to take place in the Netherlands (Dordrecht) next week.

The roster features 13 boys and 13 girls for the Junior Championships, at which Germany has historically done very well. In fact, the Germans haven’t finished outside the top 3 in gold medals or in the overall medal table since 2008, including 21 total medals (3 of them gold) at the 2013 edition of the event.

The women’s squad is headed up by Laura Riedemann, a returning five-time medalist from 2013. Riedemann swept the bronze medals in all three backstroke distances, plus helped the German women’s and mixed medley relay teams to silver.

Those German relays were a high point for the nation at the last games, which took place in Poland. All three women’s relays (4×100 free, 4×200 free, 4×100 medley) and both mixed relays (4×100 medley, 4×100 free) took silver medals, and the men’s teams won two bronzes (4×200 free, 4×100 free) and a silver (4×100 medley).

Damian Wierling returns from all three of those men’s relays, and Alexander Kunert is back from two of them. Some other important faces on the teams include female breaststroker Marlene Huether and IMer Lisa Hoepink, both individual medalists in 2013.

Notably absent from the team is 14-year-old Johannes Hintze, who has been smashing national age records in Germany for quite some time now – the European Juniors are only for male athletes ages 17-18 and females ages 15-16.

You can view the full rosters below, or by following this link to the website of DSV, the German Swimming Federation.

Girls  Birth Year  Club
Annalena FELKER 1998 SG Essen
Carmen Maria FRANICZEK 1998 SG Frankfurt
Laura GOLDBACH 1998 SG Essen
Katrin GOTTWALD 1999 SSV Nürnberg
Lisa HÖPINK 1998 SG Essen
Marlene HÜTHER 1998 SSG Saar Max Ritter
Alina JUNGKLAUS 1998 SV Würzburg 05
Nele KLEIN 1998 Potsdamer SV
Leonie KULLMANN 1999 SG Neukölln Berlin
Laura RIEDEMANN 1998 SV Halle/S.
Josephine TESCH 1999 SC Eintracht Berlin
Maxine WOLTERS 1999 SG Bille Hamburg
Jana ZINNECKER 1999 Bitterfelder SC 1990
Boys  Birth Year  Club
Henning MÜHLLEITNER 1997 SV Schwäbisch Gmünd
Alexander KUNERT 1996 SV Gelnhausen 1924
Felix KUSNIERZ 1996 SG Essen
Max PILGER 1996 SSF Bonn
Ruben RECK 1996 W98 Hannover
Johannes TESCH 1997 SV Halle/S.
David THOMASBERGER 1996 SV Halle/S.
Marek ULRICH 1997 SV Halle/S.
Konstantin WALTER 1997 SSG 81 Erlangen
Damian WIERLING 1996 SG Essen
Pascal WINTER 1996 SG Stadtwerke München
Tommi WOLST 1996 SSG Leipzig
Oliver ZEIDLER 1996 SG Stadtwerke München

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thomaslurzfan

Hintze will compete at the youth olympic games, so he will focus on that instead. For me the most notable missing athlete is Sonnele Öztürk (200 back: 2.11.19), also Moritz Brandt (400 free, 200 fly, 400 IM) is missing (born 1998). Lisa Höpink isnt only an IMer, but maybe better at 100 fly (1.00.43). Alexander Kunerts best events are 100 (54.26) and 200 fly (1.59.03). Our best chances for medals are the following: 200 free: Kullmann, Jungklaus 100/200 breast: Hüther 100/200 back: Riedemann 100 fly: Höpink 200 IM: Höpink, Wolters 400 IM: Jungklaus —————————————– 50/100 free: Ulrich/Wierling 200 free: Wierling 400 free: Mühlleitner 100 back: Ulrich 100/200 breast: Pilger 100/200 fly: Kunert —————————————– All relays Last year we only won… Read more »

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