BORAS, Sweden, July 7. SARAH Sjostrom will lead a 21-member team to next month’s European championships, a roster that was officially filled Sunday after the completion of the long course nationals that served as the final qualifying meet for Sweden.
Sjostrom heads into the European championships with a new world record in the 50 butterfly, setting up what could be a major medal haul. Sjostrom is also going to be the woman to beat in the 100 fly as well as the 50 free and 100 free.
Therese Alshammar is also on the list, ready to attend her first major international meet since the 2012 Olympics. Last summer, the 36-year-old Alshammar gave birth to her first child and has been working back to form in the months since. The winner of 43 European championship medals, Alshammar’s last wins at Euros came in the 50 free and 50 fly in 2010.
Stina Gardell is another notable name on the women’s roster. She could race former University of Southern California teammate Katinka Hosszu in the IM events and be a medal contender in both. Also looking for a medal in the IMs will be Simon Sjodin, especially in the men’s 200 IM. Sjodin was a finalist in the 200 IM at last summer’s world championships.