The Dutch relay swimmers won silver on the 4x100 meter freestyle at the European Long Course in Budapest on Monday.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Kira Toussaint, Marrit Steenbergen and Femke Heemskerk had to tolerate Great Britain for themselves.
With a time of 3.34.29 minutes, the Netherlands was only one tenth slower than the British (3.34.17).
As a final swimmer, Heemskerk came close to winning, but she just failed to pass Freya Anderson.
The bronze went to France (3.35.92).
Kromowidjojo put the Netherlands in the lead, but Toussaint - the backstroke specialist who to her own surprise was allowed to swim the final - then dropped back to third place.
Steenbergen maintained that position, after which Heemskerk came up strong.
It was just not enough for the European title.
At the previous European Championship in 2018 in Glasgow, the Netherlands also took silver, then behind France.
In 2016, the Orange quartet seized the gold.
The Dutch men Nyls Korstanje, Stan Pijnenburg, Thom de Boer and Jesse Puts finished in last place in the final in Budapest with 3.13.79.
They did improve the Dutch record and also met the limit for the Olympic Games next summer in Tokyo.
Russia came first, ahead of Great Britain and Italy.
Kromowidjojo and Heemskerk to final 50 free
Kromowidjojo and Heemskerk qualified earlier in the evening for the final of the 50-meter freestyle.
Kromowidjojo won her semi-final with 24.14 seconds.
In the other semi-final battle only Olympic champion Pernille Blume was slightly faster with 24.06.
Heemskerk was second behind the Danish in 24.41 and reached the final behind Blume, Kromowidjojo, the Polish Katarzyna Wasick (24.34) and the Russian Maria Kameneva (24.40) as fifth, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Kromowidjojo captured bronze in the 50-meter freestyle in Glasgow.
The gold then went to the Swedish Sarah Sjöström, who is now missing due to an elbow fracture.
Blume took silver in Glasgow.
She recorded the best time of this year on Monday with 24.06.
Kamminga meets Peaty in the final
Arno Kamminga reached the final in the 100 meter breaststroke.
He will compete against the British sole ruler Adam Peaty.
Kamminga clocked the third fastest time in the semi-finals with 58.74 and Peaty was again in a class of its own with 57.67.
Peaty has dominated the breaststroke for years.
Kamminga was the second man after Peaty to dive under 58 seconds in the 100 meters last month.
He put down 57.90 in Eindhoven.
Kamminga was an emphatic candidate for a medal at the European Championships and the Olympic Games.
On Tuesday he can compete with Peaty, the 'king' of the breaststroke, in the final of the 100 meter breaststroke.
The Russian Kliment Kolesnikov improved his own world record in the semi-finals of the 50 meter backstroke. He finished in 23.93 and was the first to drop below 24 seconds. Kolesnikov took gold in Glasgow with a world record of 24.00.Keywords: