Swiss Swimming implements its relay project unveiled in May of this year with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (BRA) as target. The final program of the selected swimmers at the Worlds will be announced a week before the start of the competition. Athletes will participate to a training camp from 20th to 29th of July in Tenero, the Swiss Swimming Performance Training center in Ticino.
Men’s Team: Jérémy Desplanches, Jean-Baptiste Febo, Alexandre Haldemann, Yannick Käser, Nils Liess, Lukas Räuftlin, Martin Schweizer, and Nico van Duijn.
Women’s Team: Megan Connor, Noémi Girardet, Sasha Touretski, Maria Ugolkova, Martina van Berkel, and Danielle Villars.
Swiss Swimming takes this opportunity to announce the naturalization of Maria Ugolkova who received Swiss citizenship on June 24th.
The Russian origin swimmer who turns 26 years old on July 18th studies economics (Banking & Finance) at the University of Zurich and has been training for a year with SC Uster Wallisellen. She also lived in Tessin (Italian part of Switzerland) and in Lausanne (French part of Switzerland) before her move to Zurich last year.
“I now live in Switzerland for ten years and I really feel like a citizen of this country,” says Maria Ugolkova. “I am very proud to finally be able to represent this country to the international level at the Worlds in Kazan this summer! I also hope to wear the colors of Switzerland at the 2016 Olympic Games Rio,” concludes the freestyle and butterfly specialist.
Jérémy Desplanches: 400m Individual Medley and 4x 200m Freestyle
Jean-Baptiste Febo: 400m Freestyle and 4x 200m Freestyle
Alexandre Haldemann: 200m Freestyle and 4x 200m Freestyle
Yannick Käser: 200m Breaststroke
Nils Liess: 4x 200m Freestyle
Lukas Räuftlin: 4x 200m Freestyle
Martin Schweizer: 50m Breaststroke
Nico van Duijn: 100m Butterfly
Megan Connor: 4x 100m Freestyle
Noemi Girardand: 4x 100m Freestyle
Sasha Tourandski: 4x100m Freestyle
Maria Ugolkova: 4x100m Freestyle
Martina van Berkel: 200m Butterfly
Danielle Villars: 100m Butterfly and 4x 100m Freestyle
Swimming news courtesy of Swiss Swimming.