The Swedish Swimming Federation has announced their preliminary team for the European Short Course Championships, which will be held from December 2-6th in Netanya, Israel. So far the team will include Louise Hansson, Simon Sjodin, Sarah Sjostrom and Erik Persson.
There will be eight more athletes selected at the Swedish National Championships, which will begin on November 8th.
There are a few things of note about this announcement.
The first being that it does not include Jennie Johansson, who won the 50 breaststroke at the World Championships this summer in Kazan. Johansson also won bronze in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke at the 2013 European Short Course Championships. It also does not include Michelle Coleman who brough home a bronze in the 50 backstroke from the championship meet in 2013.
Another surprising aspect is the size of the team. The maximum number of swimmers the nation will be taking is 12 this is compared to 33 athletes that attended the 2013 Championships.
In 2013 the Swedish team finished eighth in the medal standings with two gold, five silver and three bronze. Two of the five medal winners, Sarah Sjostrom and Simon Sjodin, will be competing in December while Johansson and Coleman do not appear to not be on the team at this time.