The Danish Swimming Federation has selected the squad to compete forÂ World Championship medals in Kazan in August.
There will be 12 Danish swimmers participating in the World Swimming ChampionshipsÂ when they get underway in the Russian city of Kazan from August 2
It is a very strong and experienced squad who will be competing for medal and finalÂ positions in a wide range of events. Lars Green Bach, the Danish Swimming Federationâ€ŸsÂ High Performance Manager, has expectations for a number of medals for the DanishÂ squad.
â€œItâ€Ÿs a relatively large Danish World Championship team and a squad where many of theÂ swimmers have a good solid experience from previous World Championships. SwimmersÂ like Jeanette Ottesen, Rikke MÃ¸ller Pedersen and Lotte Friis have all previously wonÂ individual medals on the World Championship stage, and Mads GlÃ¦sner, Mie Ã˜stergaardÂ Nielsen, Pernille Blume and Viktor Bromer are swimmers with significant internationalÂ experience. Itâ€Ÿs a strong foundation for our chances in the Volga cityâ€, says HighÂ Performance Manager Lars Green Bach and continues:
â€œOur overall aim is an ambitious five medals in 10-12 finals. It is a realistic aim with theÂ potential that the Danish swimmers have but nothing happens by itself and this placesÂ great demands on us all. The swimmers and coaches are working extremely hard everyÂ day to optimise both the big and the finer swimming details and in many areas this work isÂ carried out with valuable assistance from Team Denmarkâ€Ÿs experts. We want to be theÂ best prepared we can possibly be in order that we can take up the fight against the top-flight international competitors in Kazan.â€
In addition 5 swimmers have been subjectively selected in order to pursue special relayÂ perspectives.
â€œThe Sports Department has chosen to select Julie Levisen for the womenâ€Ÿs 4 x 100 freeÂ which is a strong team and who we believe could be in the running for medals against theÂ likes of the U.S.A., Australia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Swedenâ€ said HighÂ Performance Manager Lars Green Bach .â€
â€œWe have also subjectively selected the menâ€Ÿs 4 x 200 free relay because we think thatÂ this squad have the potential to secure an Olympic â€žquotaâ€Ÿ place â€“ which is to finish in theÂ top 12 positions in the discipline at the World Championships, and that this would give us aÂ subsequent final potential at the Olympics in Rio next summerâ€ conclude HighÂ Performance Manager Lars Green Bach finally.
Below is the squad that we can look forward to following when swimmingâ€Ÿs majorÂ international highpoint of 2015 begins.
Denmarkâ€Ÿs 2015 World Championship squad
- Jeanette Ottesen, Vejle Swimming Club Triton/NTC
- Rikke MÃ¸ller Pedersen, Herning Swimming Club /NTC
- Mie Ã˜. Nielsen Aalborg Swimming Club
- Viktor Bromer, Aalborg Swimming Club
- Pernille Blume, Gladsaxe Swim/NTC
- Julie Levisen, Aalborg Swimming Club
- Lotte Friis, Gentofte Swimming Club
- Mads GlÃ¦sner, Sigma Swim
- Daniel Skaaning, STT-VAT/NTC
- Magnus Westermann, Herlev Swimming Club /NTC
- Anders Lie, Farum Swimming Club
- SÃ¸ren Dahl, Herlev Swimming Club
First opportunity for achieving Olympic qualification times
At the World Championships in Kazan the Danish swimmers will start to feel that the 2016Â Olympic Games are getting closer. In Kazan they will get their first opportunity to swimÂ under the Olympic qualification times and so truly begin to tune in to what â€“ in worldÂ swimming circles – represents the pinnacle event of them all. The Danish OlympicÂ selection criteria can be found here:
During the next few months the World Championship squad will continue its targetedÂ training on Danish soil and will be present at the Danish Championships which are longÂ course in July. The Danish Swimming Federation will hold a press conference with theÂ World Championship squad at the Danish Championships. Further information about thisÂ press conference will be released at a later date.
Official website: http://kazan2015.com
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