Hosszu, Sjostrom, & TFH Headed To Helsinki

2019 Helsinki Swim Meet

Over 502 athletes representing 10 different nations will descend upon Mäkelänrinne in Finland to contest the 2019 edition of the Helsinki Swim Meet. The 2-day affair represents a FINA-approved qualification meet for both this summer’s World Championships, as well as next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Norwegian talent spanning Isak Eliasson, Ari-pekka Liukkonen, Jenna Laukkanen, Mimosa Jallow and Henrik Christiansen, are expected to race.

Belgium’s Louis Croenen is among them, as is Austria’s Caroline Pilhatsch. Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu is arriving straight from Hungarian Nationals, while sole Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes is set to take a polar plunge this week.

We also reported earlier how Michelle Coleman and Sarah Sjostrom were planning on competing across the Nordic Tour this year. This meet in Helsinki kick-off the 3-event circuit.

  • Helsinki Open, Finland – April 1-2, 2019
  • Bergen Swim Festival, Norway – April 5th-7th, 2019
  • Stockholm Open, Sweden – April 12th-15th, 2019

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How is the competition organized? The meet site says that it would be “A” and “B” heats in the morning and then “A” and “B” finals. What is that?

Andrei Vorontsov

Session 1 – A heats = 2-3 heats for the fastest swimmers, session 2 – B heats – all the rest in the same events as session A. Finals – as usual A and B


So the fastest seeded swimmers have more time to rest swimming first in the morning and very likely later in the afternoon. This schedule is better for the organisers too, probably more spectators as the A finals will begin at 18:30 on workday.


Yes that’s right


Sarah did quite will in the finals 1:55:44 (200 free), 57,03 (100 fly) and 24,22 (50 free).

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