With Europe’s elite ready to dive into action at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, we take a look at five reigning champions who are seeking to defend their crowns in Glasgow.
Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia)
Bursting onto the scene in 2017, the Russian prodigy went home with four gold medals including two individual titles.
Kolesnikov set world junior records in Copenhagen on his way to claiming gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke.
Since then the 19-year-old has continued to mark his card as a star of the backstroking world and this year will contest the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, as well as the 200m individual medley.
Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
In Copenhagen last time out, Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu stormed to victory in six events.
The Iron Lady completed the clean sweep in the backstroke winning the 50m, 100m and 200m titles while also triumphing in the 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley.
Defending all three of her medley crowns will be top of her to-do list, but this time round Hosszu has chosen to not compete in the backstroke events and will instead test her mettle in the 100m and 200m butterfly.
Fabio Scozzoli (Italy)
Breaststroker Fabio Scozzoli went head to head with Britain’s Adam Peaty at the last LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.
Over the 50m breaststroke the Italian came out on top, producing a European and championship record performance to secure gold.
Despite missing out over 100m, Scozzoli will hope to defend his sprint crown and claim the title over the longer distance in Glasgow.
Boglarka Kapas (Hungary)
Another star of Hungarian swimming who is seeking to retain her 400m freestyle title that she won in a national record in 2017.
Kapas earned a bronze in the event in 2015 which she converted to gold last time out, but there will be plenty of competition who will hope to get in her way.
It won’t be the only focus for Kapas though, as she will also push for a medal in the 200m butterfly – an event in which she became long course world champion this summer – and the 400m individual medley.
Philip Heintz (Germany)
A hat-trick of victories in the 200m individual medley is on the cards for German stalwart Philip Heintz.
The 28-year-old first claimed the crown in 2013, had to settle for silver in 2015 but regained his title in Copenhagen.
Triumphing in the 200m medley will be the main goal for Heintz, but he may come away with a second medal as he takes to the pool in the 100m individual medley.