Great Britain will send five swimmers to the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary in May, the wast majority of their London 2012 Olympic team opting out in favor of training through for the London Olympics. Dennis Pursley, British Swimming Head Coach said: “Participation in the European Championships was made optional for the British Olympics. The swimmers were encourage to base their decision on whether participation would enhance or compromise their preparation for the Olympics.” With the result being a tiny British team consisting of James Goddard, Robbie Renwick, Michael Jamieson, Craig Gibbons and Sophie Allen in Hungary from May 21-27. Read SwimNews.com.
As mentioned here earlier, the entire Danish Olympic team will also skip the Europeans, including Pál Joensen from the Faroe Islands, opting for altitude training instead. The Danish team for the Debrecen 2012 Europeans will therefore consist of only one (1) swimmer – Kathrine Holm Sørensen – hoping to qualify for the Olympics.