Following the resignation of President Feim Alliu, the Albanian Swimming Federation organised an electoral Extraordinary General Assembly, following which Agim Ciraku was elected the new President.
(From: Suela Haxhija, General Secretary,Albanian Swimming Federation)
The activity of the Andorran Swimming Federation has been increasing in the recent weeks. From May 27 to June 1, four young swimmers represented Andorra at the Games of the Small States of Europe, held in Luxembourg. Monica Ramirez, Claudia Palace, Pol Arias and Pablo Feo fought hard to try to achieve best results but unfortunately they managed no medals. However the competition confirmed a handful of personal best marks, but the most notable result was the qualification for the FINA World Championships to be held in Barcelona later on this year. Claudia Palace also reached the minimum for the Junior Spanish Championship in 200m backstroke, in addition to the 15-year record of Andorra (2'33, 81"). On the other hand, FAN and Andorra will accommodate the Cup Begins Synchro from July 4 to 7, 2013, a synchronized swimming competition to be held in the pool Serradells with 27 countries around the world represented.
(From: Rafa Mora, Press Department, FAN)
Grete Kugler has been a member of the LEN’s Technical Diving Committee for 16 years. She has often used her role as a delegate at European Youth Championships and European Championships, and is also responsible for the training and classification of the judges in LEN. For her outstanding work she was awarded the Gold Pin by the president of LEN, Paolo Barelli at the LEN Congress.
(From: Austrian Swimming Federation)
The Executive Committee of the Belarusian Swimming Federation has named the national team to participate in the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. Ten athletes have achieved the minimum standard at the national trials to enter the world event. They are Pavel Sankovich, Yuhen Tsurkin, Uladzimir Zhyharau, Viktar Vabishchevich, Yury Klemparski, Yury Suvorau, Aksana Dziamidava, Yuliya Khitraya, Ihar Boki and Pavel Kapilou. The World and European champion, two-time medallist at the Olympic Games in London Aliaksandra Herasimenia decided to skip the World Championships in 2013.
(From: Sviatlana Khokhlova, BLR Swimming National Team Member and LEN Magazine correspondent)
Kimberly Buys deserves her title as Belgian butterfly queen. The national record holder won with a 59.24 time at nationals in Antwerp. This is her 10th fastest time of her career. Aksana Dziamidava came second in 1:01,25, a little ahead of Belgium’s Sara Vanleynseele. The men’s 100 m fly final was a close one: Francois Heersbrandt received the gold with 53.06 ahead of Louis Croenen in 53.80, the bronze went to Gilles De Wilde in 54.53.
(From: Royal Belgian Swimming Federation)
The Bosnia and Herzegovina Swimming Federation has elected Jusuf Bozic as the new president of Bosnia and Herzegovina Swimming Federation in the city of Sarajevo on 12th November 2011. The new vice president, general secretary and others Executives were also elected for the next 4 years.
(From: Monika Duvnjak, LEN Magazine Correspondent)
The country’s most well-known swimmer, Petar Stoychev finished second in the voting procedure of the FINA Best Athletes award, behind his great rival, Stefan Lurz of Germany. Stoychev received more votes than the Greek World Champion Spyridon Gianniotis.
Further to the latest changes occured in the leading postions of the Croatian Synchronised Swimming Federation: new president is Gordana Sobol, General Secretary Majda Arih and Office Secretary is Milena Dragisic.
(From: Milena Dragisic, Croatian Synchronised Swimming Federation)
Two swimmers took part in international competitions in the short coruse season. Alexandre Bakhtiarov competed in Riesa – he managed to win the 100m fly event – while Elena Mikellides, aged 11, raced in various age-group meets around Belgium.
The Czech Swimming Federation announced the best athletes of aquatic sports in 2013 two days ago at the Lindner Hotel in Prague. The queen of the swimmers was once again Simona Baumrtova, triple medallist and European champion in the 50m backstroke. Petrou Chovovou came second and Barborou Závadovou received the third place. The fourth and fifth places went to the best junior athletes: Jan Micka and Lucie Svecena. In the poll Jan Posmourny was elected as the best open water swimmer, champion of the 5km and 10km.
(From Czech Swimming Federation website)
Rikke Møller Pedersen captured the gold in the 200m breast at the Amsterdam Swim Cup 2014.
The silver went to Jessica Eriksson in 2.31.60, while Marlene Huether won the bronze medal in the time 2.32.87. Rikke has a great season ending as she just defended her title in the women’s 200m breaststroke at the 12th World Swimming Championships (25m) held from December 3-7 in Doha. Also Denmark improved its own world record to win the women’s 4x50 medley relay. The Danish quartet of Mie Nielsen, Rikke Moller Pedersen, Jeantte Ottesen and Pernille Blume finished in 1:44.04, bettering their mark of 1:45.92 set in 2013.
(From: Danish Swimming Federation)
A great weekend for Triin Aljand in Wiener Neustadt: she earned a gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the 38. Stroeck-Austrian Qualifying event. The win came over the 50m dash with a time of 24.70, the only sub-25 effort in the field.
Virginie Dedieu and Benoit Beaufils presented an excerpt of their program they will show at the World Championships in Kazan this summer. "I am delighted to participate in this adventure with Benoit. We have not had much opportunity to train together until now " – said Virginie. This test was to validate their selection for the new round of mixed duet free on 30 July.
(From: French Swimming Federation)
Ten Finnish swimmers will continue their training camp in Mexico before returning home. They have just spent the last 18 days training in San Luis Potosi. The team consists of many of the country’s top athletes who are seen to be potential medal winners on the international stage: Mimosa Jallow, Veera Kivirinta, Moona Koski, Jenna Laukkanen, Aino Otava, Eetu Piiroinen, Thomas Pokkinen, Hanna-Maria Seppälä, Fanny Salo Teijo, Lotta Upanne. In the San Luis Potosi altitude camp the main aim was to improve the athletes aerobic capacity and skill development.
(From: Finnish Swimming Association)
Following the recent elections held at the Georgian Aquatic Sports National Federation, Dato Rurua was elected President. Vice-Presidents are: Alexander Bitadze, Aleksandre Nikolaishvili, Zurab Kurchishvili.
(From: Irakli Bartaia, Secretary General, Georgian Aquatic Sports National Federation)
Some of Germany’s best swimmers jumped into the pools in Essen and Halle recently. They used the competitions as preparation for the German National Championships and trials next month. The sprint specialist Dorothea Brandt gained victory in the 50 breast in 31,82 and 50 free with a 25,38. Hendrik Feldwehr confirmed his good form with a 28,00 on the 50 breast. Open water and long distance pool swimmer Isabelle Härle, who was the European 2014 Open Water Champion in the 5 km, showed her long distance quality, swimming a 16:22,63 on the 1500 freestyle.
(From: German Swimming Federation)
In a solemn ceremony, shortly before the meeting of the Board of Directors, the Hellenic Swimming Federation has cut the New Year's pie. President Dimitris Diathesopoulos, in his brief speech, wished health and a happy new year to the members of the Board, its employees and associates of the Federation. He also pointed out that the tough economic times have passed Greek sports. Mr. Diathesopoulos promised that each of the bastion will give their best so that aquatic sports will cope successfully, giving fans Greek international hits and thrills, as it traditionally happened in the last decades.
(From: Hellenic Swimming Federation)
Katinka Hosszu delivered another brilliant performance at the Amiens stage of the French Golden Tour concluded on Sunday. The Hungarian swimmer raced in all 16 events, made all 32 finals and was on the podium 24 times (16 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze). Verraszto siblings were also a match for their rivals. Evelyn Verraszto finished second in 200m fly, 200m IM, 200m back. Her brother, David got first in 200m fly, 400m IM, second in 800m free and third in 200m IM and 200m breast. After two stages the leaders of the series are Katinka Hosszu and David Verraszto.
(From: Hungarian Swimming Federation)
„The Icelandic Swimming Association celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. We have used the year to promote all aquatic sport and building up water polo and diving. We have also achieved our goals in open water, masters and of course in swimming where we are growing. Linked to our anniversary we held the LEN Congress in May. We had great time with our friends in the LEN family and hope everyone enjoyed staying these days in Iceland. We held our National SC Championship in of November and the result give us hope that Icelandic swimming are going stronger. The last chapter of the preparation for the Olympic Games in London is about to start. Seven swimmers have already reached the invitational times of the Games, but we do want to do better and some of them are trying to make the qualifying time.
(From: Hörður Oddfríðarson, President, The Icelandic Swimming Association)
Congratulations to the Irish Senior Men’s Water Polo Team on their third place finish at the EU Nations Cup in Denmark over the weekend. They picked up Bronze after a penalty shootout with Switzerland yesterday winning 17-15. Well done to Irish player Jonny Clarke who was top scorer in the tournament also.
(From: Swim Ireland Website)
The San Marino Swimming Federation has held its elective assembly on January 16, 2013 where the new President and the Executive were appointed.
Former President of the past four-year period, dr. Giuseppe Nicolini has been re-elected as President, while the members of the new Executive are as follows: Mr. Andrea Mularoni (Vice-President), dr. Marco Giancarlo Rossini (General Secretary), Mr. Romano Toccaceli (Treasurer), and Mr. Andrea Tini, dr. Umberto Galloni and Mr. Alfio Pasolini (Members).
(From: San Marino Swimming Federation)
Gregory Paltrinieri won the gold medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), in Doha held December 3-7, with a commanding performance. The Italian swimmer led the race from start to finish. He won by more than two seconds with a 14:16.10. That’s the best time in the world by 10 seconds, ahead of Jordan Harrison’s 14:26.21 from the Australian Championships, and also bettered Yury Prilukov’s meet record of 14:22.98 set in Manchester in 2008.
(From: Italian Swimming Federation website)
Alona Ribakova improved the Latvian record in the 200 meter breaststroke race and finished 18th, which is the highest achievement for a Latvian athletes at the European Swimming Championship in Berlin. Ribakova clocked in 2: 31.52 which means the swimmer improved her own record with 0.13 seconds.
(From: Latvian Swimming Federation)
In the end of July the up-coming swimming talents of Liechtenstein participated in the Swiss Junior Swimming Championsships in Basel. The 14 swimmers qualified altogether in all age groups'33 finals. The swimmers of Liechtenstein were very successful and got 11 gold medals, 4 silver medals. 5 swimmers reached the 3rd place, the most successful swimmer being Marvin Slanschek born in the year 1998. He won altogether eight medals. For all young swimmers these championships in Basel were the seasonal highlight. The Swimming Federation of Liechtenstein is proud of their achievements and congratulates the medal winners.
(From: Manuela Galbier, President, Swimming Federation of Liechtenstein)
Ruta Meilutyte won the medal gold in the women`s 50 m breaststroke swimming event in Berlin as part of the 32nd LEN European Swimming. Championships. The Olympic and world champion convincingly defeated her nearest rivals with her time (29,89). Swedish Jennie Johansson took silver with 30,52and the Dutch Moniek Nijhuis captured the bronze with 30,64. were awarded the bronze medal. This is the first Lithuanian gold medal at the continental championships in the long pool.
(From: Lithuanian Swimming Federation)
Luxembourg Swimming Federation (FLNS) looks already forward to the 16th Edition of the Euro Meet which will take place from the February 7 - 9, 2014. The Euro Meet is a qualifying event for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games 2014 in Nanjing
(CHN). Over the past 15 years, many Olympic gold medalists, World-Champions and world-class-swimmers joined this high-quality Event in the heart of Europe, such as Ian Thorpe, Alain Bernard, Katinka Hosszu, Ruta Meilutyte, Coralie Balmy, Inge Dekker, Steffen and Markus Deibler. The modern aquatic centre "d´Coque" disposes of an Olympic 50 Meter competition pool with 10 lanes and an Omega Time Keeping System. Prize money will be distributed . Accommodations, transportation and catering are arranged by the organiser. Registrations can be done via the online forms on the official website (www.euromeet.lu) from October 2013.
(From:Christian Hansmann, Technical Director, FLNS)
Among the 204 flagbearers there were 21 athletes representing Aquatics at the 2012 Opening Ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games in London. Marko Blazhevski was honoured to lead the team of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The Aquatic Sports Association of Malta has the pleasure to invite clubs which are affiliated to FINA through membership of their own federation, to participate in the 21st International Age Group Swimming Meeting to be held in Malta between Thursday 24th April – Saturday 26th April 2014 (the week-end after Easter 2014).
The events shall be held in the 50 meter outdoor pool of the National Swimming Pool, Malta.
(From: Aquatic Sports Association of Malta)
Sergey Golban, racing in the German club SSG Leipzig enjoyed some success at smaller meets in the autumn. In Riesa Golban managed to win the 50m free and the 50m fly.
Among the 204 flagbearers there were 21 athletes representing Aquatics at the 2012 Opening Ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games in London. Angelique Trinquier was honoured to lead the team of Monaco.
Despite all difficulties Montenegro’s top water polo team, Jadran Herceg Novi almost surprised Pro Recco in the Champions Leage. Though the Italian giant led 8-2 at one stage in their home pool, Jadran climbed back and had a good chance to equalise but finally they had to give in and lost the game 10-8 but could gain some confidence before the return game on 14 December.
Dutch star swimmer Femke Heemskerk does not rest on her laurels. After winning world title in 100m freestyle in Doha at the world championships, she set a national 200m freestyle record of 1:55.35 at the Amsterdam Cup. She also held the previous record of 1:55.54 from 2011. Femke has also established new national 200 and 400IM record in this fantastic season.
(From: Dutch Swimming Federation)
Norwegian Swimming Federation (NSF) will organize an Expertise Weekend on March 22-23 in which over 210 participants have enrolled. The great turnout shows that there is high demand on development in the aquatic discipline. This program can give excellent possibilities for different discussions. The event will carry a five-level program: forum for main coaches, swim school administrators, managers, officers and discourse about new construction.
(From: Norwegian Swimming Federation)
Polish titan Tomasz Polewka established a new national record in the 50 backstroke on the final day of the Polish Grand Prix event in Opole. The swimmer jumped on the top of podium by winning in 25.12. The former record of 25.27 belongs to Bartosz Kizierowski.
Diogo Carvalho has ended a long dry spell without medals at the 17th European Short Course Swimming Championships in Herning . His bronze medal over the 200m individual medley race (in 1:54,28) was the first medal for the country on the Iberian Peninsula for 14 years. The last time the Portuguese swimmers captured a medal was in 1999 at the European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Lisbon, when Jose Couto won the silver in the 200m breaststroke and the bronze over 100m breaststroke races. These were the only previous for Portugal in the history of the European Short Course Swimming Championships.
(From: LEN Press)
With a deep sorrowful and sadness we announce that the “Admiral” of Romanian water polo, the President of our federation Mr. Anatolie Grintescu passed away this morning (2 July 2014) after a long period of illness.
Mr. Anatolie Grintescu born in 1939 was a dedicated person to water polo sport, as a player in National Team and Dinamo club team, club coach and National Team coach, Technical Director, General Secretary and President of our federation.
Member of LEN Water Polo Technical Committee.L.E.N Silver Pin.
Participant in two Olimpic Games 1960 and 1964( 5th places), two European Championships 1962 and 1966 (5th and 6th places), ten titles of National Champion with Dinamo Bucharest,176 selection in National Team and 85 goals.
“Master of Sport”, “Emerit Coach”, practically all his life was dedicated to our sport with passion, love,experience, managerial style and leading ideas.
The potential and position of Romania in Europe and in the World regarding our sport was due to his love for water polo, his extraordinary personality and life time work.
The Romanian sport lost an extraordinary family man, friend, leader and team worker.
Tolea will be always in our mind…
(From: Radu Diaconescu, Romanian Water Polo Federation)
As part of preparations for the 2015 competitions, Anatoly Zhuravlev, the head coach of the Russian National Swim Team, is sending swimmers to a training camp in Spain. From 20 January to 8 February the athletes will be completing the first training camp at the Round Lake National Training Center. Then they will be going to either Tenerife or to Volgograd, Russia. The swimmers will also endure three additional training camps prior to the World Championship trials – one in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia (altitude camp), and additional visits to Volgograd and Round Lake NTC.
(From: Russian Swimming Federation)
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Vanja Udovičić Minister of Youth and Sports hosted a reception for the double European champion swimmer Velimir Stjepanovića who won gold medals in the 200 and 400 meter freestyle. They congratulated him on the great success and said that it is expected to win at least two medals at the Olympics in Rio in 2016. Upon receipt of the Government of Serbia, the best Serbian swimmer Velimir Stjepanovic said he expected medals at the European Championships in Berlin, and promised new successes in the future.
(From: Serbian Swimming Federation)
The Sloval Water Polo Federation is deeply sad to announce the decease of Mr. Eduard Prelovsky, who passed away recently at the age of 68. He was one of the greatest and most hard-working persons in the water polo community of Slovakia, focusing on the development of rules and evaluation of referees. Eduard was a member of official LEN referees, served as president of the national water polo federation from 2001 to 2007, director of the Disciplinary Committee, and president of Novaky Club from 1997. His life-long contribution and dedication to European Aquatics lasted until the very end.
(From: Stanislav Vano, General Secretary, Slovak Water Polo Federation)
Peter Mankoc and Anja Klinar are elected the best swimmer of the year in Slovenia.
(From: Jolanda Bertole, LEN Magazine Correspondent)
King and Queen of Spain, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia Ortiz, sent their congratulatory message through the RFEN to swimmer Mireia Belmonte for her achievements at the 12th FINA World Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar held 3-7 December. She won four gold medals (200 butterfly, 400 and 800 free and 400 styles), in addition she established two World records in 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley which is a truly great performance in the history of Spanish women's sport.
(From: Royal Spanish Swimming Federation website)
The 28-29 of March 2015 the 7 Nations Youth Diving Meet is held in Stockholm, Sweden. The best junior divers from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden come together to compete for their nations The competition is a joint arrangment between the Swedish Swiming Federation and the Stockholm based club Polisens IF Simhopp.
(From: Swedish Swimming Federation)
Switzerland has also finalized the roaster for the 2014 European Championships which will be held August 13-24 in Berlin, Germany. The country will be sending a roster of 14 swimmers including nine men and five women. Martin Schweizer will be the only member of the men’s 2013 Worlds team to be returning to the Swiss national team. On the women’s side no swimmers from the 2013 Worlds squad will be competing at this year’s European Championships.
(From: Swiss Swimming Federation)
Amateur swimmers of all ages, nationalities and levels can take part in a race that is considered one of the most incredible swimming competitions in the world. The 26th Bosphorus Cross Continental Race is a 6.5 km swim takes place from the Asian side of the Bosphorus to the European side in July 20. Anybody who matches the health, age and swimming capabilities demanded by the race can participate in this wonderful event.
(Turkish Olympic Committee)
Daryna Zevina became the golden girl on the first day of the Latvian National Championships. The Ukranian swimmer won both the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. She put up a 1:01.83 in the 100 backstroke and she won by 2:01.81 in the 200 freestyle. Zevina delivered an impressive performance as she also won the 200 backstroke, 50 back and on the final day she gained her fifth triumph in the 100 free.
(From: Swimming Federation of Ukraine)
Tom Daley returned to Plymouth and took back his British title on the final day of the British Gas Championships. After a performance that saw him lead throughout the prelims he progressed through to the final in top spot with a total of 468.90 points.
The crowd were treated to the competition debut of his new twister dive and his highest scoring dive was the Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked. He scored 96.20 for the dive. Daley secured the victory to take home the gold medal with a total of 493.70 points.
“I dived pretty well considering it was the first competition I have done in about five months,” Daley said. “Everything was steady, nothing was amazing but nothing was bad but I’m looking forward to building on that in the competitions to come.
The silver medal was claimed by 14-year old Matthew Dixon of Plymouth Diving with a final score of 427.15 and in the bronze medal position was Matty Lee (City of Leeds) with a total of 413.10
(From: British Swimming)
Our ’Learn to Swim’ winter programme is well under way with over 250 young children enrolling in the programme. In the summer period we have been able to qualify a further two swimming instructors to our ever increasing staff. A programme of continued professional development is currently running in-house to consolidate and continue the development of our instructors and team as a whole. We are currently looking at another three teachers furthering their instructor qualifications before the summer time.
Meanwhile, the water polo youth development programme is under way. The next big event planned for the New Year is a fun for all water polo day.
(From: Becca Fortunato, Secretary Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association)
The LEN Bureau announced that Netanya, Israel will be the site of the European Short Course Championships from January 15-18, 2015. The event will be held at the recently constructed Wingate Institute, located along the shores of the Mediterranean. The new complex features an Olympic-size pool with 10 lanes and 3m depth, an 8-lane 50m pool and a 6-lane 25m pool. Noam Zwi, President of the Israeli Swimming Association said: „Our association in cooperation with the city of Netanya and the Sport Ministry of Israel are committed to stage and organise a significant and unforgettable celebration of swimming.”
(From: Israel Swimming Association)
July 22, 2012 the General Assembly of the Water Polo Federation of Armenia took place, where the Organization’s name was changed to Armenian Water Polo Federation. Karen Gyunashyan was elected as the president of Armenian Water Polo Federation, while Eduard Mantashyan as Secretary General. Being grateful for the trust Karen Gyunashyan, the president made sure that he would make every effort to extend Water Polo in Armenia and develop it, cooperating with concerned state agencies, governmental organizations, athletes, coaches, referees, sport masters, also associating with international and foreign sport organizations for enhancing and strengthening busines relations. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and Armenian National Olympic Committee was informed about the changes taken place during the General Assembly.
(From: Eduard Mantashyan, Secretary General Armenian Water Polo Federation)
A great effort from Yauheni Lazuka who reached the final of the 50m fly event in Moscow at the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup and finished seventh in a field featuring stars like Geoff Huegill (AUS), Evgeny Korotishkin (RUS) and Milorad Cavic (SRB).
Faroe Islands has been awarded the Nordic championships for masters in 2015.
The championship is held every year on the first weekend in October, and has so far been rotated among the remaining five Nordic nations. Normally it would be Norway's turn to host the championship in 2015, but the carousel moved now one year ahead so that Norway will host the first in 2016.
(From: Norwegian Swimming Federation)