Sjostrom & Coleman Head Up 7-Strong Swedish Worlds Roster

The Swedish Swim Association (Svensk Simidrott) has revealed it initial roster for the 2019 World Championships taking place this summer in Gwangju, Korea.

The roster includes 7 swimmers total, composed of 5 women and 2 men, with additional swimmers potentially being added to the list if they’re able to earn selection times at the Mare Nostrum Series this June.

The women’s 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays have been included on the Swedish announcement, but no men’s relays will be taking a trip to Korea unless some super swims hit the pool at Mare Nostrum.

At the 2017 edition of the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, the nation of Sweden finished 5th in the overall medal table, collecting 3 golds and 1 silver medal across the competition. Sarah Sjotrom was responsible for all of the medals, wining gold in the 50m free, 50m fly and 100m fly, while earning the silver in the 200m free.

Michelle Coleman will be joining her, along with Hanna Eriksson, Sophie Hansson and Louise Hansson. The two men on the roster are represented by Simon Sjodin and Erik Persson.


Michelle Coleman, Spårvägens

Hanna Eriksson, Jönköpings

Sophie Hansson, Helsingborgs

Louise Hansson, Helsingborgs

Erik Persson, Kungsbacka

Simon Sjödin, SK Neptun

Sarah Sjöström, Södertörns


Förbundskapten: Ulrika Sandmark

Tränare: Johan Wallberg och Sverker Maltesjö

Fysio: Björn Svaerre

Läkare: René Tour

Media: Anna Hammar

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4 years ago

Why many country roster very few athletes for 2019 World Championships in Korea ???

Reply to  Jedi
4 years ago

There’re other events this summer e.g. Junior Worlds in August (FINA), Junior Europeans in July (LEN), Universiade in July (FISU) and because of the morbid selection criteria of some countries, mostly France.

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

It is really a curious matter how FINA computes its “medal table”. Having watched the meet avidly via streaming, then seeing this article, the thought arose, “Surely there were more teams who had more than Sweden’s 4 medals”. Checking at, 3 teams – Italy, Hungary & the Aussies – indeed all had more, yet were “ranked” lower on the medal table. Loretta, could you or someone kindly explain how this is computed? Thank you

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Preference is given to gold medals over total medals in these rankings. This is why France and South Africa are equal 12th with 2 medals (1 gold and 1 bronze) higher than Japan at 14th with 7 medals ( 4 silver and 3 bronze) and why Sweden is higher than Italy, Hungary and Aus.

Reply to  Laps
4 years ago

This is why they are making at least two rankings normally (3 at the Oympics for points, too), one for total medals and one as you wrote.

4 years ago

Wow only 7 swimmers m competing from Sweden..

Reply to  Verram
4 years ago

As many as France 😁

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Verram
4 years ago

So far, anyway

4 years ago

Interesting to see how they will structure the w 4×100 medley relay… Sophie Hansson locked for the breaststroke, but then they have some different combination options for the other legs with Sjöström (fly or free), Hansson (back, fly or free) and Coleman (back or free).

Reply to  Miguel
4 years ago

That is why they bring a staff of six, almost one per swimmer, to think all these problems over…

Reply to  Dawser
4 years ago

But they also left their idrotts psykolog at home.

Reply to  Miguel
4 years ago

L. Hansson-S.Hansson-Sjöström-Coleman

Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Or Coleman-S. Hansson-L.Hansson-Sjostrom.
Coleman and L.Hansson have swum in-season 60″ times in the 100 back, but L.Hansson looking more solid in the fly (57″ low her in-season PB) than in the backstroke, and I slighty prefer the couple L. Hansson-Sjostrom to Sjostrom-Coleman, for fly and free.
Not an easy choice, anyway.

Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

Not so easy that’s for sure. Two supportable possibilities.
Nearly the same as which was earlier, the hen or the egg 😉

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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