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Meet the teams

Find out who is competing for each country at the European Champions Cup 2011 in Sheffield.

The 2011 LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup in Sheffield will feature a massive 111 competitors from 13 nations over the three days.

There will be Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World Championship medallists on show so we've provided a handy guide to each team so you know who to look out for.

Just select the nation from the drop-down menu below to find out who is competing for them in Sheffield.

Head to our Good Luck Messages page to leave support for your favourite swimmers in Sheffield.

 

Champions Cup squads

AustriaAustria

  • Nadine Brandl (duet, combo)
  • Livia Lang (duet, combo)
  • Dana Figura (duet, combo)
  • Uljana Figura (duet, combo)
  • Katharina Dorninger (combo)
  • Verena Dorninger (combo)
  • Daniela Eckel (combo)
  • Paula Kolar (combo)
  • Livia Widmann (combo)
  • Leonie Widmann (combo)
  • Isolde Rabl (combo – reserve)

AustriaWith two pairs of twins (Widmann and Dorninger) and another set of sisters (Figura), you’d fancy Austria’s synchronicity to be strong!

Nadine Brandl (pictured) is the most experienced member of the Austrian team, having competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

As well as the combination, Brandl will team up with Livia Lang in the duet – a partnership which achieved top 10 finishes at the European Championships and FINA World Cup last season and has already tasted success with silver at this year’s Chinese Open.

Belarus

  • Katsiaryna Trushkevich (duet, team, combo)
  • Hanna Besprozvannikah (duet, team, combo)
  • Darya Navaselskaya (duet, team, combo)
  • Anastasia Mekhanikova (duet, team, combo)
  • Darya Krautsevich (duet – reserve, team – reserve, combo)
  • Iya Zhyshkevich (duet – reserve, team, combo)
  • Ilona Katliarenka (team, combo)
  • Kseniya Yadlouskaya (team, combo)
  • Iryna Limanouskaya (team, combo)
  • Hanna Ketsko (team – reserve, combo)

Belarus have shown gradual improvement in recent years and after finishing seventh (duet), fifth (team) and fourth (combo) at the last Champions Cup in Andorra, they are likely to be knocking on the door of the podium again.

At 21, Darya Navaselskaya is already one of the veterans of the team, having competed in all three events in Andorra as well as the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

In this year’s duet, she teams up with promising 19-year old Anastasia Mekhanikova who gained experience at both the European and World Junior Championships last season.

Bulgaria

  • Kalina Yordanova (duet)
  • Iglika Goleminova (duet)

 

Bulgaria make their return to the Champions Cup stage after missing the 2009 event in Andorra.Bulgaria

Kalina Yordanova competed at the 2007 Champions Cup in Rome and will be targeting a top 10 finish with her regular partner Iglika Goleminova in the duet. 

FinlandFinland

  • Jasmin Gronman (duet, combo)
  • Mira Helmio (duet, combo)
  • Nea Hannula (duet, combo)
  • Kati Ronkainen (duet, combo)
  • Milla Hynninen (duet – reserve, combo)
  • Heidi Haivalainen (combo)
  • Venla Manninen (combo)
  • Milla Ivieminen (combo)
  • Emma Syvala (combo)
  • Matilda Torma (combo)
  • Tiina Kujanpaa (combo – reserve)

Finland are another rising nation in the sport and are making their Champions Cup debut with a young team in Sheffield.

At 18 and 19-years old respectively, Mira Helmio and Kati Ronkainen are the oldest members of the team and picked up experience at the World Junior Championships and World Cup last season.

They will compete separately in the duet in Sheffield, Helmio instead teaming up with Jasmin Gronman and Ronkainen partnering Nea Hannula.

GermanyGermany

  • Wiebke Jeske (duet)
  • Edith Zeppenfeld (duet)

European Championship finalists Edith Zeppenfeld and Wiebke Jeske are Germany’s sole representatives in Sheffield.

The pair have established themselves as Germany's number one duet in recent years, competing at the 2009 World Championships and last year's World Cup.

Zeppenfeld will be continuing a family tradition in the Champions Cup, following on from her older sister Iris who competed in Rome four years ago.

Meanwhile Jeske will be making her second Champions Cup appearance, having taken part in the team and combo events as a 15-year old in Rome.

Great BritainGreat Britain

  • Olivia Allison (duet, team, combo)
  • Jenna Randall (duet, team combo)
  • Asha Randall (duet – reserve, team, combo)
  • Yvette Baker (team, combo)
  • Katie Clark (team, combo)
  • Katie Dawkins (team, combo)
  • Jennifer Knobbs (team, combo)
  • Vicky Lucass (team, combo)
  • Katie Skelton (team – reserve, combo)
  • Lauren Smith (team – reserve, combo)
  • Anya Tarasiuk (combo - reserve)

Hosts Great Britain make their third Champions Cup appearance in a row as they search for that elusive first medal in the competition.

Their best chance could come in the Team Combination for which they are one of only six entries and have recent form – winning bronze at the German Open in March.

Commonwealth silver medallists Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison have made steady progress in the duet since their Champions Cup debut in Rome four years ago and will be targeting an improvement on their eighth place finish from Andorra in 2009.

GreeceGreece

  • Despoina Solomou (duet)
  • Evangelia Platanioti (duet)
  • Nektaria-Georgia Ramnioti (duet – reserve)

Olympic finalist Despoina Solomou (pictured) returns for a third straight bite of the Champions Cup cherry for Greece.

The 20-year old finished sixth in 2007 with Olympic duet partner Evanthia Makrygianni before improving to fifth with Natalia Anthopoulou two years ago.

This year she looks set to team up with Nektaria-Georgia Ramnioti in the free routine and 16-year old Evangelia Platanioti – a fifth-place finisher in the solo at last year’s World Junior Championships – in the technical routine.

IsraelIsrael

  • Anastasia Gloushkov (duet)
  • Inna Yoffe (duet)
  • Evgenia Tetelbaum (duet – reserve)

Established duet pair Anastasia Gloushkov and Inna Yoffe will represent Israel in the duet competition in Sheffield.

The double Olympians have a wealth of experience between them and come into the event on the back of a seventh-place finish at last year’s European Championship, where Gloushkov (pictured) also came fourth in the solo.

First reserve Evgenia Tetelbaum is no stranger to the Champions Cup, having finished 10th with Aleksandra Kunin in Andorra two years ago.

ItalyItaly

  • Linda Cerruti (duet, team – reserve, combo – reserve)
  • Costanza Ferro (duet, team – reserve, combo – reserve)
  • Manila Flamini (duet, team, combo)
  • Giulia Lapi (duet, team, combo)
  • Francesca Deidda (duet – reserve, team – reserve, combo)
  • Mariangela Perrupato (duet – reserve, team, combo)
  • Sara Sgarzi (team, combo)
  • Benedetta Re (team, combo)
  • Elisa Bozzo (team, combo)
  • Costanza Fiorentini (team, combo)
  • Camilla Cattaneo (team, combo)
  • Beatrice Callegari (team – reserve, combo)

Defending Champions Cup holders Italy have selected another strong team that will chase medals across all three events in Sheffield.

At just 17-years old, European junior solo bronze medallist Linda Cerruti is an exciting talent in the Italian team. She goes with Costanza Ferro in the duet as they look to improve on their fourth place from last year’s European Junior Championships.

Olympic finalist Giulia Lapi and triple Champions Cup medallist Manila Flamini make up Italy’s second duet pair in Sheffield.

Having recalled seven members of the squad which clinched team silver and combo bronze in Andorra two years ago, the Italians will be expected to challenge for the podium again.

SpainSpain

  • Andrea Fuentes (duet, team)
  • Ona Carbonell (duet, team)
  • Thais Henriquez (team)
  • Alba Cabello (team)
  • Margalida Crespi (team)
  • Paula Klamburg (team)
  • Cristina Salvador (team)
  • Clara Basiana (team)
  • Irene Montrucchio (team – reserve)
  • Judith Requena (team – reserve)

Reigining Olympic, world and European silver medallists for both duet and team, Spain are the second-best synchronised swimming nation in the world.

In the duet, Double Olympic silver medallist Andrea Fuentes (pictured) will line up with Ona Carbonell – her regular partner since the retirement of veteran Gemma Mengual in 2009 – as they aim to go one better than their silver medal at the last Champions Cup two years ago.

The Spanish have a strong hand for the team event as well with three of their Olympic team silver medallists from Beijing 2008 and three of their World Championship team silver medallists from Rome 2009.

SwitzerlandSwitzerland

  • Pamela Fischer (duet, team)
  • Anja Nyffeler (duet, team)
  • Elisa Boffi (team)
  • Audrey Canova (team)
  • Laura Ermano (team)
  • Manon Zryd (team)
  • Pascale Zwicky (team)
  • Simone Zwicky (team)
  • Roxane Begg (team – reserve)
  • Melissa Andujar (team – reserve)

Having finished ninth in the solo at last year’s European Championships, Pamela Fischer is the leading light of the Swiss squad and will compete with 18-year old Anja Nyffeler in the duet.

Switzerland are also set to compete in the team competition for the first time at the Champions Cup but are not short of experience with six swimmers from their World Championships squad from Rome two years ago.

RussiaRussia

  • Natalia Ishchenko (duet, team – reserve)
  • Svetlana Romashina (duet, team – reserve)
  • Alesandra Zueva (duet – reserve, team – reserve)
  • Maria Gromova (team)
  • Anzhelika Timanina (team)
  • Anastasia Davydova (team)
  • Aleksandra Patsketich (team)
  • Daria Rorobova (team)
  • Alla Shishkina (team)
  • Elvira Khasyanova (team)
  • Svetlana Kolesnichenko (team)
  • Anisya Olkhova (team – reserve)

Russia’s synchronised swimming record in recent years speaks for itself. They are Olympic champions, world champions, European champions and defending Champions Cup champions for both duet and team!

Their current golden girl is world solo champion Natalia Ishchenko who teams up with Svetlana Romashina to defend their duet title in Sheffield.

Meanwhile, four-time Olympic champion Anastasia Davydova – voted FINA magazine's synchronised swimmer of the decade – goes in the team event along with Maria Gromova and Elvira Khasyanova who both won Olympic team gold at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

UkraineUkraine

  • Lolita Ananasova (duet, team)
  • Anna Voloshyna (duet, team, combo)
  • Daria Iushko (duet, team – reserve, combo)
  • Kseniya Sydorenko (duet, team – reserve, combo)
  • Kateryna Sadurska (duet – reserve, team, combo)
  • Oleksandra Sabada (duet – reserve, team, combo)
  • Olga Kondrashova (team, combo)
  • Ganna Khmelnytska (team, combo)
  • Inga Gillyer (team, combo)
  • Ganna Klymenko (team, combo – reserve)
  • Olena Grechykhina (team – reserve, combo)
  • Ganna Orel (team – reserve, combo – reserve)

European bronze medallists Daria Iushko and Ksenia Sydorenko (pictured) lead Ukraine’s charge in the duet, hoping to better their bronze medal from the last Champions Cup two years ago and challenge Russia and Spain’s dominance at the top.

Talented 18-year old Lolita Ananasova is also handed a chance in the duet with Anna Voloshyna, having scooped three bronzes at last year’s European Championships as well as solo silver at the World Junior Championships.

Ukraine will line up as one of the favourites in the combination event, having named all but one of their 10 who beat Italy to bronze behind Russia and Spain at the Europeans.

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