Get set for Vilnius 2024 – European Junior Swimming Championships

European Aquatics are delighted to reveal key details about the 2024 European Junior Swimming Championships, which take place in Vilnius, Lithuania from 2-7 July 2024.

The six-day championships will be hosted by LTU Aquatics in collaboration with the Vilnius municipality and the Lithuanian Sports Agency, under the supervision of the European Aquatics Bureau.

The competition will be held at the Lazdynai Swimming Pool with heats beginning at 10am and finals from 6pm (local time, EET) each day.

It is the first time the European Junior Swimming Championships will take place in Lithuania, a country which has featured on Olympic, World and European podiums.

Ruta Meilutyte became Lithuania’s first Olympic swimming champion when she won 100m breaststroke gold at London 2012.

Since then, she has won nine world and eight European titles in the long and short-course pools and is a triple world record-holder.

Danas Rapsys, Giedrius Titenis and Simonas Bilis have all won global and continental medals while Kotryna Teterevkova claimed a clean sweep of the breaststroke events at the 2021 World University Games.

The championships also mark the centenary of the founding of the Lithuanian Swimming Federation  – now LTU Aquatics – and the staging of the first official swimming competition in the Baltic country.

“The European Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships represent a significant opportunity for Lithuania to uphold its century -old tradition of swimming and to inspire the emergence of new champions from the young generation,” said Saulius Binevičius, President of Association LTU Aquatics.

“As we welcome athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators to Vilnius, we embrace the spirit of camaraderie, competition, and sportsmanship that unites us all.

“Together, let us celebrate the power of sport to transcend boundaries and foster mutual respect and understanding.”

European Aquatics President Antonio Silva added: “The six days of the European Juniors will allow Europe’s most talented young swimmers to perform at their top level in front of appreciative fans.

“The first swimming competition was organised in Lithuania exactly 100 years ago, when the federation was first set up, so it is fitting that we are now visiting with an event that highlights our sport’s great future.

 In Lithuania swimming is treated as a sport of high strategic importance both for grass roots and elite participation.

“I would like to warmly thank our friends at LTU Aquatics for all the efforts they are making to organise what I am confident will be a top event.”

Ahead of the start of competition on 2 July there will be three official training days (29 June-1 July) with Team Leader and Officials meetings on 1 July.