Luxembourg’s Euro Meet 2018: A 20th Anniversary Edition Extraordinaire

Luxembourg’s Euro Meet 2018:
A 20th Anniversary Edition Extraordinaire

Piscine D'Coque

Piscine D’Coque

Press release published by the Euro Meet Media Team

The Organising Committee of the Euro Meet 2018 published the preliminary entry list (featured at www.euromeet.lu), and an early in-depth look at the list reveals a stellar attendance from Germany, Russia, Italy, Ukraine and France, along with multiple star athletes already quoted in previous press releases.

In addition to Marco Koch, the best male Germans entered are Philip Heintz (2017 short course European champion in the 200m medley), Christian Vom Lehn (2011 World bronze medallist in the 200m breaststroke), Fabian Schwingenschlögl (breaststroke), Jakob Heidtmann (medley), Florian Wellbrock (1500m freestyle), Poul Zellmann (freestyle) and Damian Wierling (sprint freestyle). On the women’s side, the leaders are Franziska Hentke (2017 World silver medallist in the 200m butterfly and 2017 short course European champion) and Sarah Köhler (2017 short course European champion in the 800m freestyle). Additional swimmers include Lisa Graf (backstroke), Jenny Mensing (backstroke) and Jessica Steiger (breaststroke).

The rising star from Russia is undoubtedly 17-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov, a backstroke specialist who has broken world and European junior world records, both long course in Budapest at the 2017 World Championships and short course in Copenhagen at the 2017 European championships. During this most recent December event, he earned four golds (100m and 200m backstroke plus two relays) and one silver (50m backstroke).

Euro Meet

Euro Meet

Italy sends Ilaria Bianchi (2017 short course European silver medallist in the 200m butterfly) and Martina Carraro (breaststroke), while Ukraine’s swimmers are lead by Mykhailo Romanchuk (2017 world silver medallist in the 1500m freestyle and 2017 short course European champion), Andrii Govorov (2017 world bronze medallist in the 50m butterfly) and Daryna Zevina (2017 short course European silver medallist in the 200m backstroke).

The French team enters Jordan Pothain (200/400m freestyle) and Camille Dauba (200m individual medley).

Host team Luxembourg will also be sending a strong team. Among the leaders of the locals are Raphael Stacchiotti, Julien Henx and Monique Olivier, well known heroes of the GSSE (Games of the Small States of Europe). At the last edition in June 2017 in San Marino, Stacchiotti won a total of 7 gold medals and 2 silver, for a massive overall total at these Games from 2007 to 2017 of 41 medals, including 32 gold. At the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, he finished 23rd in the 200m medley. Julien Henx also secured 6 GSSE golds in San Marino, for an overall total of 15 medals, 14 of them gold. Julien’s most recent feat arose during the December 2017 « World Military Games » (CISM) when he broke his own long course national record twice in the 50m butterfly, lowering it to 24.10. At the World Championships this past summer, Monique Olivier finished 22nd in the 400m freestyle and competed also in the 800m where she managed to achieve 25th during the prelims.

FLNS President Stacchiotti and Euro Meet Mascot Flossi Hammer welcome you to Luxembourg!

FLNS President Stacchiotti and Euro Meet Mascot Flossi Hammer welcome you to Luxembourg!

Thrilling fights ahead to reach the podiums ! The fun begins on Friday January 26th at 16:00 Luxembourg time (10:00 AM EST)! Tune into www.euromeet.lu for the latest!

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