24 Aug 2017

Adlington to Zevina - a special Glasgow 2018 A-to-Z of European Aquatics

The elite of European Aquatics will take to the waters at next summer’s Glasgow 2018 European Championships. During 10 days of competition, more than 1,000 of the continent’s top Aquatics athletes will compete for the chance to become champions of Europe.

Ross Mudroch
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To buy tickets for swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and open water swimming competitions at Glasgow 2018 visit Glasgow2018.com/tickets

Four disciplines will be on show at four venues across Scotland and, to get you in the mood for the action-packed schedule that will see athletes battle it out to be crowned European Champion, we have compiled an A-Z rundown of facts and figures from the world of aquatics:

Adlington, Rebecca – Rebecca Adlington became the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908 when she clinched bronze in the women's 400-metre and 800-metre freestyle events at London 2012. She also won a European Gold in the 400m freestyle in 2010.

Berlin – The German capital hosted the 31st European Aquatics Championships in 2014 and will stage Athletics as host partner of the 2018 European Championships alongside Glasgow.

Cseh, Laszlo – The Hungarian icon broke two competition records at the 2016 European Championships with golds in the 100m & 200m butterfly races. He is a 14-time European champion (long course).

Diving – At the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, divers will jostle for medals individually, in pairs (known as synchronised diving or synchro), or as a team.

Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city will play host to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships diving event, as the action takes place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Foster, Mark – Now a seasoned commentator, Mark represented Great Britain in the Olympics and world championships, as well as swimming for England at Commonwealth Games level. He won an impressive 11 European titles during his career.

Groundbreaking – For the first-time in its 91-year-old history the LEN European Aquatics Championships will be staged as part of a multi-sport event at Glasgow 2018. So this is truly a chance to watch history unfold!

Hannah Miley – One of Scotland’s most successful female swimmers, Hannah won her first European long-course title in 2010 and is reigning Commonwealth Games champion in the 400m medley event

Individual Medley – The Individual Medley is an event contested in many meets, which sees competitors swim all four strokes in the order of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Jamieson, Michael – Scot Michael, who broke his own record to finish second in 200m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is regarded as one of Scotland's greatest ever swimmers. He announced his retirement earlier this year.

Kickboard – The kickboard is used to help with kicking practice in the pool. A flat floatation device, swimmers normally rest flat arms on the board.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park – The picturesque location will be the venue for next summer’s European Open Water Swimming Championships as part of Glasgow 2018.

Murdoch, Ross – Glasgow 2018 European Championships Sporting Ambassador Ross tasted glory in Glasgow in 2014 and is a reigning European champion in two events – 200m breaststroke and 4x100m medley.

Norway - Norwegian Alexander Dale Oen became the first male swimmer from his nation to win a medal at a major international long course championship when he took European Gold in 2008.

Open water – Open water swimming will form part of the Aquatics schedule at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, with male and female events at 5k, 10k and 25k lengths.

Personal Best [PB] – The term is used to describe an athlete’s best time to date for a particular stroke and distance.

Qualifying – Around 1,000 of the best Aquatics stars in Europe will come to Scotland to take part in next year’s Glasgow 2018 European Aquatics Championships.

Reid, Grace – Diver Grace clinched gold and bronze at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships in London and trains at Glasgow 2018 host venue the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Scotstoun Sports Campus – The state-of-the-art Glasgow venue will be the location for the synchronised swimming events at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, which will include four disciplines; solo, duet, team and free combination.

Tollcross International Swimming Centre – Fans of swimming will be no stranger to Tollcross as it plays host to the swimming competitions next summer after the venue also welcomed spectators during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Underwater music – During Synchronised Swimming events, special speakers are played out under the water so swimmers can keep time with the music.

Valerie Davies – Welsh swimmer born in 1912 who formed part of Great Britain’s gold medal winning 4x100m freestyle team at the 1927 European Aquatics Championships, Britain’s first ever swimming gold at European level.

Wilkie, David – Scot David Wilkie MBE is the only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, world and Olympic swimming titles at the same time.

E-Xciting finishes – Less than half a second separated 1st and 2nd in 12 different races at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships. In the women’s 200m Butterfly German swimmer Franziska Hentke won by just 0.01 seconds.

Years – The LEN European Aquatics Championships take place every two years with four separate disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming. The open water events are not held during Olympic years.

Zevina, Daryna – 22-year-old Ukrainian swimmer who took silver in the 200m backstroke behind Katinka Hosszu of Hungary at last year’s European Aquatics Championships.

Fans can buy tickets for 84 thrilling sessions across six sports at Glasgow 2018 starting at just £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over 60s. Tickets for all events can be purchased from www.glasgow2018.com/tickets and will be sold on a first come first served basis, with fans encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.