Polina Egorova Downs 200 Back Championship Record at 2017 Euro Jr Champs

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Day two of the 2017 Euro Jr Champs continued today with Russia’s Polina Egorova downing the championship record in the women’s 200 breast. Several other swimmers neared championship records and a total of seven athletes were crowned as victors in individual events.

Schedule of Events:

  • Men’s 100 Back FINAL
  • Women’s 400 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 100 Free Semi-Final
  • Women’s 200 Fly FINAL
  • Men’s 200 IM Semi-Final
  • Women’s 100 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Breast FINAL
  • Women’s 200 Back FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Fly Semi-Final
  • Women’s 200 Breast Semi-Final
  • Men’s 1500 Free (Fastest Heat)

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Men’s 100 Back FINAL

The men’s 100 back got the meet off to a shocking start as Poland’s Kacper Stokowski upset the field for the gold medal. Stokowski, who had the second fastest reaction time of the field at .58, stormed ahead in the first 50-meters and never looked back. He held off the favorite and top seed, Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia, for victory and a final time of 54.60.

Kolesnikov battled hard, but was unable to catch Stokowski, settling for second and a time of 54.69.

Switzerland’s Thierry Bollin turned in the third-fastest time of the evening with a final 54.92, just ahead of Poland’s Kamil Kazmierczak and his time of 54.94.

Thomas Ceccon of Italy finished fifth overall with a 55.05, followed by Russia’s Nikita Tretyakov’s 55.36.

Great Britain’s Nicholas Pyle and Romania’s Daniel Cristian Martin concluded the top eight with times of 55.48 and 55.53.

Women’s 400 Free FINAL

Anja Kesely of Hungary continued to reign supreme over the women’s freestyle distances with a top showing in the 400 free. Kesely powered to a final time of 4:08.25, just missing out on her own meet record of 4:08.10, set at this meet last year.

Spain’s Beatriz Cons G. Agueda delivered a second place finish of 4:10.13, while Slovenia’s Katja Fain grabbed third with a time of 4:11.36.

Esther Morillo Lopez of Spain took home a fourth place finish of 4:11.90, followed by Hungary’s Petra Barocsai and her time of 4:12.11.

Italy’s Giorgia Romei (4:12.65), Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (4:15.30), and Belgium’s Lotte Goris (4:18.26) rounded out the top eight.

Men’s 100 Free Semi-Final

Team Hungary set itself up for another chance at a gold medal as Nandor Nemeth dashed to a top seed time of 49.36 in the men’s 100 free semi-finals.

Alexei Sancov of Moldova turned in a time of 49.43 to qualify second overall, followed closely by Poland’s Jakub Kraska and his time of 49.46.

The Netherlands’ Nyls Korstanje picked up the fourth place seed with a time of 49.57, while Russia’s Ivan Girev was fifth in semi-finals with a 49.84.

Poland’s Bartosz Piszczorowicz (49.87), Russia’s Vladimir Dubinin (49.98), and France’s Maxime Grousset (50.01) complete the top eight qualifiers.

Women’s 200 Fly FINAL

Katrine Bukh Villesen of Denmark flew to first in the women’s 200 fly final, posting a final time of 2:09.41. Villesen led the field from start to finish, finishing more than a second ahead of the competition.

Great Britain’s Ciara Schlosshan touched second overall with a final time of 2:10.48, while Belgium’s Valentine Dumont took third with a 2:11.17.

Boglarka Bonecz of Hungary finished fourth overall with a 2:11.70, followed by Spain’s Andrea Melinda Romero’s 2:13.15.

Fellow Hungarian Blanka Berecz grabbed sixth with a time of 2:13.59, just ahead of Turkey’s Imge Roza Erdemli and her time of 2:13.61.

Isabel Jones of Great Britain was eighth overall with a 2:14.90.

Men’s 200 IM Semi-Final

Great Britain delivered a 1-3 punch in semi-finals of the men’s 200 IM, leading a field of four athletes beneath the 2:03-mark. James McFadzen turned in the top time of the evening with a 2:02.36, while teammate Thomas Dean qualified third with a 2:02.73.

Hungary’s Balazs Hollo picked up the second place seed with a swift 2:02.59 and the fourth place seed was grabbed by Italy’s Alberto Razzeti and his time of 2:02.88.

Marton Barta joined Hungarian teammate Hollo in the top eight, with a qualifying time of 2:03.05, followed by the Polish duo of Marcel Wagrowski (2:03.23) and Dominik Bujak (2:03.45).

Slovenia’s David Mihalic qualified eighth overall with a time of 2:04.29.

Women’s 100 Free FINAL

Dutchwoman Marrit Steenbergen collected her first individual gold medal of the meet with a top showing in the women’s 100 free. Steenbergen posted a final time of 54.13, just missing her championship record of 53.97 from 2015.

Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic took second overall with a time of 54.62, while Russia’s Vasilissa Buinaia rounded out the podium with a time of 55.58.

Belgium’s Juliette Dumont grabbed fourth with a final time of 55.62, followed by close finishes between Denmark’s Julie Kepp Jensen and Hungary’s Fanni Gyurinovics. Jensen and Gyurinovics finished fifth and sixth respectively with times of 55.76 and 55.77 respectively.

Polina Osipenko of Russia and Nea-Amanda Heinola of Finland completed the top eight with times of 55.83 and 56.71.

Men’s 200 Breast FINAL

Evgenii Somov of Russia rocketed to the top of the podium with a top showing of 2:10.79 in the men’s 200 breast final. Somov finished a shy .10 seconds off the championship record of 2:10.69, set in 2015 by fellow Russian Anton Chupkov.

Austria’s Valentin Bayer picked up second with a time of 2:13.54, just ahead of Ukraine’s Mykyta Koptyelov, who completed the podium with a time of 2:13.78.

Rafal Kusto of Poland took fourth with a time of 2:15.50, while Russia’s Daniil Kitov finished fifth with a 2:15.66.

Greece’s Savvas Thomoglou (2:15.78), the Czech Republic’s Filip Chrapavy (2:16.39), and Great Britain’s Thomas Dean (2:19.58) were sixth through eighth.

Women’s 200 Back FINAL

The Russian duo of Polina Egorova and Anastasia Avdeeva topped the competition in the women’s 200 back. Egorova maintained her spot atop the qualifiers list with a time of 2:08.97, downing the championship record of 2:09.21, set in 2014 by Daria Ustinova.

Advice collected the silver medal with a time of 2:09.91, improving upon her semi-finals time of 2:10.30.

Tatiana Salcutan of Moldova finished third overall with a time of 2:10.12, while Ukraine’s Maryna Kolesnykova was fourth with a 2:12.02.

Finland’s Vilma Oura (2:12.87), Italy’s Giulia Ramatelli (2:13.21), Spain’s C Garcia Kirichenko (2:13.97), and Hungary’s Laura Vanda Ilyes (2:14.29) completed the top heat.

Men’s 200 Fly Semi-Final

Kristof Milak of Hungary posted the top qualifying time in semi-finals of the men’s 200 fly. Milak posted a time of 1:56.69 to qualify first by more than a second and a half.

Italy’s Federico Burdisso took second in semi-finals with a time of 1:58.16, followed closely by the Russian duo of Dmitry Popov (1:58.28) and Petr Zhikharev (1:58.98).

Denys Kesil’ collected the fifth place seed with a time of 1:59.29, just ahead of close sixth and seventh place qualifications by Norway’s Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas (1:59.40) and Austria’s Xaver Gschwentner (1:59.42).

Switzerland’s Noe Ponti rounded out the top qualifiers with a 2:00.16.

Men’s 1500 Free

Iaroslav Potapov of Russia outlasted the competition in the men’s 1500 free, stopping the clock at a final time of 15:07.86. His time was a little more than a second and a half off the championship record of 15:06.04, set in 2005 by Poland’s Mateusz Sawrymovicz.

Hungary collected the silver and bronze medals as Akos Kalmar and David Lakatos posted final times of 15:09.24 and 15:14.28 respectively.

Marcos Gil Corbacho of Spain finished fourth in finals with a time of 15:16.52, followed by Italy’s Johannes Calloni and his time of 15:24.41.

The Polish duo of Antoni Kaluzynski and Pawel Krawczyk took sixth and seventh with times of 15:27.45 and 15:28.03.

Russia’s Maksim Travnikov was eighth with a time of 15:33.50.



  1. avatar
    Dr. Buky Chass

    Egorova downed the record in the 200 Backstroke and not as your title says- 200 Breaststroke……!!!!

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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