Medal No. 4.000 will be handed over in London
London (LEN) – Since the European Aquatics Championships with events in swimming, diving and water polo (that time only for men) were held for the first time in 1926 in Budapest (HUN), altogether 3.877 medals have been awarded to competitors from 33 of the 52 LEN member federations. In the past 90 years the women have also been introduced to the championships (right in 1927 in Bologna, ITA), then came the debut of the other two disciplines, synchronised swimming (first separately in 1974 in Amsterdam, NED), and later open water swimming (the inaugural event was also stand-alone in 1989 in Stari Grad, YUG).
So at the London edition the 4.000th medal is going to be awarded. This will be happen at the victory ceremony the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay on 19 May, in case no tie occurs in the preceding events.
Synchro triplets in the Austrian Team
London (LEN) – The Austrian synchronised swimming team arrived to London with triplets in its line-up. Born on 15 September 1997 in the small city of Marousi, north of Athens (GRE), Anna-Maria Alexandri, Eireni Alexandri and Vasiliki Alexandri competed for Greece until 2013, then moved to Austria and now represent their new country in the duet events. Vasiliki Alexandri finished 8th in the Solo free routine on Tuesday, Eireni and Anna-Maria will compete in the duet free routine on Wednesday.
The Austrians seem to be famous for featuring family members in their synchro teams. Four years ago, at the European Championships in Eindhoven three twins were part of the Austrian show in the team event: Ukraine born Dana and Uljana Figura, with Leonie and Livia Widmann and Marlene and Judith Gerhalter.
Liechtenstein premiére in Synchronised Swimming
London (LEN) – For the first time in the history of Synchronised Swimming Liechtenstein is taking part in the European Aquatics Championships. In London, 16 year-old Lara Mechnig will compete in the solo free routine. Her partner will be the 17 year-old Marluce Schierschinger in the duet routines. It is also the first major international meet for them.
The pair usually trains at the Swiss club of SC Floes Buchs which is located in the neighbourhood of the principality of Liechtenstein. In addition both have international roots: the mother of Lara Mechnig is a British and the mother of Marluce Schierschinger is from Brazil.Both fathers are from Liechtenstein, though.