Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Sebastiaan Verschuren Lead 17 Swimmer Dutch Olympic Roster

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The Royal Dutch Swimming Federation has announced a 17 swimmer Olympic roster.

The team will have ten women. Ranomi Kromowidjojo won gold in the 50 and 100 freestyles in London and will look to defend her titles. Despite a battle with cancer, veteran Inge Dekker is also on the roster.

Femke Heemskerk will head to her third Games to swim the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 400 and 800 freestyle relays.

After swimming backstroke in London Sharon van Rouwendaal is entered in the 400 and 800 freestyles and open water in Rio.

They are joined by six first time Olympians. Lousiville’s Andrea Kneppers and Tennessee’s Kira ToussaintMaud van der MeerRobin NeumannEsmee Vermeulen, and Marrit Steenbergen will make their debut in Rio.

Fresh off his 10K European Open Water championships is Ferry Weertman will enter his first Games. Sebastiaan Verschuren enters his second games in the 100 and 200 freestyle as well as the 800 freestyle relay.

NCAA Division II star Dion Dreesens heads to his second Olympics in the 200 freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay. Joeri Verlinden will swim the 100 butterfly.

Ben Schwietert and Kyle Stolk will be first time Olympians on the 800 freestyle relay. Maarten Brzoskowski will join them while also swimming the 400 freestyle.

Philippe Lucas, Patrick Pearson, Martin Truijens and Marcel Wouda are the nation’s coaches.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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