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2021 > 01

Dear Friends,
 
The Covid-19 situations around us all are still challenging, and in the coming 2-3 months ahead we just can hope it´s going to be better.
Therefore we now have to face the fact that we are forced to go for our Plan B alternative with just 350 participants for this edition of Malmsten Swim Open Stockholm.
 
In this plan we have done a selection of all registered international and Swedish swimmers, and in the attached doc you find all international swimmers (218 participants) we exclusive invite for the event, on top of that we add 132 Swedish swimmers to the total amount of 350 participants.
 
In our selection we have taken not only the highest FINA Points but also gender and age under consideration. So there will be 50/50 from woman/men and around 35% of the participants in junior age.
 
It´s still Swim Open – we always aim for the best possible set-up and organization for the atheletes!

So we keep four days competition program to give the best conditions for great performences. All of our best atheletes needs that more than ever at this moment, and we know many of you/them use Swim Open for preparation or qualification to EC and Tokyo.

We also keep the premlins and A-B and Junior finals as usual, especially now it´s very usefull to be able to do more than one race.
And even the reduced number of participants we will keep some prize money, a total of €11 900 (the podium in each event, € 200/100/50).
 
All selected swimmers has been announced by their team. 
If we still get the big interest from the teams we will continue to build this Swim Open event as good as always. Just a little bit smaller...
 
Ok, no audience and no television, less prize money and restricted area for swim-off, some slot times for entrance, restricted amount of participants and staff in each area/pool and at the stands etc…

But, the most important is to give all our atheletes the best and safe enviroment for great performences, and that we will provide for sure!
 
Stay strong & healthy!

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Dear friends,
 
Swedish Swimming Federation and the Swim Open organization team will start to thank you all for the big understanding you all have showed us with this early and necessary Pre Entry procedure.
And we are very happy about the huge interest in this edition of Malmsten Swim Open Stockholm despite the unsure and challenging time we all share.
We have received over 970 participants from 15 countries in the Pre Entries and as usual high performance swimmers at top level!
 
We have compiled the List of Participants we hereby preliminary invite for the meet, see attached. The swimmers in the list are sorted by team so you easily can identify them.

It will be not possible to add eventually swimmers to this list further on. And why it´s still preliminary is because of the Covid-19 situation. In Sweden we, for the moment, have restrictions that make an event with this many participants impossible. But we hope we will have new updated information from the Swedish government next week. With the vaccine rolling out and the reduced infected amount of persons we see now, and hopefully also the coming weeks, we have big hopes to run the event.
 
So what now?
Wednesday the 27th of January we hope we will have more information to you about the restriction that will be the coming months, and then also about the Swim Open Stockholm.
With that information we receive we can either continue with this original plan A, or look at possible options, like a Plan B.
 
Plan B?
If we can´t get an OK for this many participants, we hope and plan for a reduced event with around 300 participants. Unfortunately that plan B requires no prizemoney to realize.
But why run the event with that few swimmers? It´s all because the importance of races and needs for qualification to EC, Olympics and eventually JEC for the top athletes. So if we need to plan for an event with just 300 participants we will prioritize just the top swimmers from all countries, those swimmers who really need the event for coming international championships.
 
But at the moment we still work with plan A!
And whatever event we will arrange it will be with full secure around the Covid-19 situation. More information about that we will inform in the INFO SHEET later on.
 
Accommodation
In the attached participants list you now easily can see your needs of rooms, so please fill in the  Updated Accommodation Form . Please reply to management@swimopenstockholm.se asap or latest Friday 22 of January. This is very important.
 
We will wait until the 27th of January before we mail out the eventually invoices, that way both we and you can be more confident about the event and how it will be.
 
At this unsure mode we recommend all of you not book any flights, or if you do book open flights.  
 
 
Don´t hesitate contact us at management@swimopenstockholm.se if you have any questions.
 
Stay strong & healthy!
 
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Dear friends,
Todays we have start the compilation of the Pre Entrys we have recived, a total of 970 swimmers from 15 countries. Hopefully we can present an official participation list beginning of next week.

Despite the uncertain time we all share for the moment the interest has been very high for this year´s edition of Swim Open Stockholm. And the star quality is there too, with superstars like Florian Wellbrook, Sara Sjöström, Henrik Christiansen, Pernille Blume, Marco Koch, Sarah Köhler, Ida Kulko, Simona Kubova, Jan Micka, Peter Stevens, Erik Persson, Martin Allikve, Michelle Coleman, Caroline Pilhatsch and many more world atheletes. In the list we find more than 135 participants over 800 FINA Points from SWE, NOR, DEN, FIN, LUX, EST, GER, AUT, SVK, CZE, ARU, LIE, SRB, ISR, SLO. 

So the competition will be there, oh yeah! It´s just a small if... at the moment the spread of Covid-19 infections and with that the restrictions needs to lighten up from this current mode of course before we can guarantee the event will be held. But we look at several different options, and we will keep you informed continuously.

The Swim Open Organization wish you all a great weekend - stay strong & healthy! 

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A new year has started, and all of us has got so much power and motivation, we long for the international event again! It shows in the interest for this year´s edition of Swim Open Stockholm, the number of great teams and high class swimmers announce their participation continuously.

As for today we have got more than 40 teams from Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Luxemburg, Israel, Poland, Estonia and Sweden. In the list with foreign swimmers we see some great names lika Marco Koch, Jessica Steiger, Yanick Dombrowa, Reva Foos, Henrik Christiansen, Julien Henx, Ruwen Straub, Miikka Ruohoniemi and many, many more.

Have you done your Pre Entry yet? There are still some days to go before last day for registration, the 14th of January.

You find all information about the event here.

Have an awsome weekend, stay strong & healthy!

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