European SC Championships Plan New 6-Day Schedule, Adding 2 Events

November’s European Short Course Swimming Championships will feature a new-look 6-day competition schedule that will include for the first time the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free.

Even as those events have gained more credibility in long course, including the culminating edition to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games schedule, the European Short Course Championships have remained the unique holdout. The event wasn’t included in the 2019 championship, even in a pre-Olympic year where they were to be Olympic events.

But the expansion from a 5 day schedule previously to a 6 day schedule in 2021 allowed for the addition of the new events.

The last time these championships added new events was in 2012 in Chartres, France. That was when the mixed-gender 200 free and 200 medley relays were added to the schedule – which at the time was a leading-edge addition.

The European Short Course Championships began in their current format in 1996, and sprouted out of the European Sprint Championships that were held from 1991 through 1994. Those sprint championships, which focused on 50 meter races and the 100 IM, were much shorter meets.

When the schedule expanded in 1996, the event count grew from 14 to 38, and the meet became a three day event. By 1999, the third edition, a fourth day was added to the schedule, even without new events. The five day format wasn’t adopted until 2017, which was five years after the event schedule was expanded with the mixed relays.

Now in 2021, with 42 events, triple the number of those first sprint championships, the meet will run for six days in Kazan, Russia.

Breaking up 50 Meter Finals and Semifinals

The addition of two new events, and a new day of competition, allowed organizers to not just tweak the schedule or drop the new races in, but to completely reimagine the event lineup.

Among the changes is the elimination of one of the unique quirks of this meet. In previous editions, the semifinal rounds and final rounds of races were held in the same session.

But this stretch doesn’t mean sessions will be ‘short, by any means. While prelims time lines won’t be out until after entries are solidified, most of the finals sessions bump up on 3 hours in length when all of the ceremonies are included.

2021 vs. 2019 Schedule Comparison

While some days have just been reorganized, other days have been completely rewritten.

Some of the biggest conflicts have been removed. For example, the women’s 100 fly final is no longer in the same session as both the 50 free semifinals and the 50 free finals. The women’s 50 free will now be held on days 1 and 2 instead.

The men’s 100 free and men’s 100 IM, which was a tough double for swimmers like Vlad Morozov. In 2019, Morozov won gold in the 100 free, but skipped the 100 IM in spite of being the World Record holder in the event at the time.

Projected Start/End time (finals sessions)
Day 1 heats – 2021

Day 1 heats – 2019

Women’s 400 IM heats

Men’s 100 fly heats

Men’s 400 free heats

Women’s 50 breast heats

Women’s 50 free heats

Men’s 50 breast heats

Men’s 50 back heats

Women’s 400 IM heats

Women’s 100 breast heats

Men’s 400 free heats

Men’s 100 fly heats

Women’s 100 back heats

Women’s 4×50 free relay heats

Men’s 200 back heats

Men’s 4×50 free relay heats

Men’s 4×50 free relay heats

Women’s 800 free

Women’s 800 free heats

Day 1 finals
Day 1 finals
6:15 PM
Women’s 400 IM final

Men’s 50 breast semifinals

Men’s 400 free final

Women’s 50 breast semifinals

Women’s 50 free semifinals

Men’s 200 back semifinals

Men’s 50 back semifinals

Women’s 400 IM final

Women’s 100 breast semifinals

Men’s 400 free final

Men’s 100 fly semifinals

Women’s 100 back semifinals

Women’s 4×50 free relay finals

Men’s 100 fly semifinals

8:00 PM
Men’s 4×50 free relay finals

Women’s 50 breast final

Men’s 50 breast final

Men’s 4×50 free relay final

Day 2 heats
Day 2 heats

Women’s 200 back heats

Men’s 200 free heats

Men’s 50 free heats

Women’s 50 fly heats

Women’s 200 fly heats

Men’s 200 breast heats

Men’s 100 breast heats

Women’s 100 free heats

Women’s 100 IM heats

men’s 100 back heats

Men’s 4×50 medley relay heats

Women’s 100 IM heats

6:15 PM
Men’s 1500 free heats

Men’s 400 IM heats

Mixed 4×50 medley relay heats

Men’s 1500 free heats

Day 2 finals
Day 2 finals

Men’s 50 free final

Women’s 50 fly semifinals

Men’s 50 back final

Men’s 200 free final

Women’s 100 breast final

Men’s 200 breast final

Men’s 50 free semifinals

WOmen’s 100 free semifinals

Women’s 200 fly semifinals

Men’s 400 IM final

Men’s 100 fly final

Women’s 100 abck final

8:39 PM
Women’s 800 free final

Men’s 100 back semifinals

Men’s 100 breast semifinals

Women’s 100 IM semifinals

Women’s 200 back semifinals

Men’s 100 fly final

Women’s 100 IM semifinals

Women’s 800 free final

Men’s 4×50 medley relay finals

Women’s 50 fly final

Mixed 4×50 medley relay final

Day 3 heats
Day 3 heats

Women’s 100 free heats

Women’s 100 breast heats

Men’s 200 IM heats

Men’s 50 free heats

Women’s 200 breast heats

Women’s 200 back heats

Men’s 100 back heats

Men’s 100 breast heats

6:15 PM
Women’s 50 back heats

Women’s 200 fly heats

Men’s 200 fly heats

Men’s 200 IM heats

Women’s 4×50 medley relay heats

Women’s 4×50 free relay heats

Women’s 1500 free heats

Day 3 finals
Day 3 finals

Women’s 200 back final

Men’s 50 free semifinal

Men’s 50 free final

Women’s 100 free final

Women’s 200 fly final

Men’s 100 breast semifinals

Men’s 200 IM semifinals

Women’s 200 back final

Women’s 100 free semifinals

Men’s 200 IM final

Women’s 100 back semifinals

Women’s 200 fly final

Women’s 100 IM semifinals

Women’s 100 breast semifinals

9:09 PM
Men’s 1500 free final

Men’s 100 back final

Women’s 200 breast semifinals

Women’s 100 IM final

Men’s 200 fly semifinals

Men’s 1500 free finals

Women’s 50 back semifinals

Men’s 50 free final

Women’s 100 breast final

Women’s 4×50 free relay final

Women’s 4×50 medley relay final

Day 4 heats
Day 4 heats

Women’s 100 back heats

Men’s 50 fly heats

Men’s 200 free heats

Women’s 50 back heats

6:15 PM
Women’s 100 fly heats

Men’s 100 free heats

Men’s 200 breast heats

Women’s 200 free heats

Women’s 200 IM heats

Women’s 100 fly heats

Men’s 50 fly heats

Men’s 100 IM heats

Women’s 200 IM heats

Mixed 4×50 free relay heats

Day 4 finals
Day 4 finals

Men’s 200 IM final

Men’s 50 back semifinals

Women’s 100 free final

Men’s 50 fly semifinals

Men’s 100 back final

Women’s 100 breast final

Women’s 100 back semifinals

Men’s 100 free semifinals

Men’s 200 free semifinals

Women’s 200 IM final

9:13 PM
Women’s 100 fly semifinals

Men’s 100 IM semifinals

Women’s 200 breast final

Women’s 200 free final

Men’s 200 fly final

Men’s 100 breast final

Women’s 50 back final

Women’s 100 fly semifinals

Men’s 200 breast semifinals

Men’s 50 fly final

Women’s 200 IM semifinals

Women’s 50 back final

Men’s 50 fly semifinals

Mixed 4×50 free relay final

Women’s 1500 free final

Day 5 heats
Day 5 heats

Men’s 50 breast heats

Women’s 50 free heats

Women’s 200 free heats

Men’s 50 back heats

Men’s 200 back heats

Women’s 200 breast heats

6:15 PM
Women’s 50 breast heats

Men’s 200 fly heats

Men’s 100 free heats

Women’s 400 free heats

Men’s 100 IM heats

Men’s 4×50 medley relay heats

Women’s 50 fly heats

Women 4×50 medley relay heats

Mixed 4×50 free relay heats

Men’s 800 free heats

Day 5 finals
Day 5 finals

Women’s 100 back final

Women’s 50 free semifinals

Men’s 200 free final

Men’s 50 back semifinals

Women’s 100 fly final

Women’s 200 breast final

Men’s 200 breast final

Men’s 100 free final

Women’s 200 free semifinals

Women’s 100 fly final

Women’s 200 IM final

Men’s 100 IM final

9:03 PM
Men’s 50 fly final

Women’s 400 free final

Men’s 100 IM semifinals

Men’s 200 fly final

Women’s 50 breast semi-finals

Women’s 50 free final

Men’s 50 breast semi-finals

Men’s 50 back final

Men’s 100 free semifinals

Women’s 4×50 medley relay final

Women’s 50 fly semifinals

Men’s 4×50 medley relay final

Men’s 200 back semifinals

6:15 PM
Mixed 4×50 free relay final

Day 6 heats

Day 6 – no events

Men’s 400 IM heats

Women’s 400 free heats

Mixed 4×50 medley relay heats

Day 6 finals
Day 6 – no events

Men’s 100 IM final

Men’s 50 breast final

Women’s 200 free final

8:58 PM
Men’s 200 back final

Women’s 400 free final

Men’s 400 IM final

Women’s 50 breast final

Men’s 100 free final

Women’s 50 fly final

Men’s 800 free final

Mixed 4×50 medley relay final

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