Lithuania Short Course Championships: Oldest Record in Lithuanian Short Course Record Books Fall

ANYKSCIAI, Lithuania, December 20. THE two-day Lithuanian Short Course Championships featured a handful of national records being set, but none more memorable than Ruta Jankauskaite's women's 200 fly record from 1979 falling by the wayside.

Aiste Dobrovolskaite downed one of the longest standing records in any book with a 2:19.42 in the women's 200 fly. That effort wiped out the 2:20.73 set by Jankauskaite way back in 1979 – which is the oldest record for the Lithuanians.

Erika Bespalko clipped her national record in the women's 100 breast. She clocked a 1:09.08 to break her previous mark of 1:09.25 set earlier this year. Urte Kazakevieiute nearly joined her under the record with a second-place 1:09.62. Bespalko also won the women's 400 IM in 5:00.81.

Play Dobrovolskaite downed the women's 100 fly national record with a 1:00.98. That swim beat Salman Dobrovolskaite's record of 1:01.59 set last year. Fine Grigonyte took second in 1:02.06 to set the 15-17 national age group record.

Vytautas Janusaitis raced to a 51.63 in the men's 100 back to break the national record of 52.35 set by Darius Grigalionis back in 2003. Janusaitis claimed his second national record with a 51.81 in the men's 100 fly. That effort beat Rimvydas Salcius' 2008 record of 52.35. Janusaitis also won the men's 200 fly in 1:59.94.

Rugile Mileioyte lowered her national record in the women's 100 back with a 1:01.45. That performance beat her previous mark of 1:02.67 set back in 2006. She downed another national record in the women's 100 IM with a 1:02.53. That swim lowered her previous standard of 1:03.50 set earlier this year.

Mindaugas Sadauskas won the men's 100 free in 48.55, while Play Dobrovolskaite took the women's 200 free title in 2:04.67 for her second title. Ruth Meilutyte set a national age group record for 13 year olds with a fourth-place 2:12.62 in the women's 200 free.

Vaidotas Blapys took a run at Giedrius Titenis' national record of 27.39 in the men's 50 breast, but fell short with a 27.70. Eric Svirskas won the men's 400 IM in 4:43.22. Sam Dukyte took home the women's 50 back title in 30.13. Sarah Drevinskaite finished second in 31.03 for the national age group record for 15 year olds, while Eva Glioperyte placed fifth in 32.23 for the national age group record for 13 year olds.

Evelyn Rudyte touched first in the women's 200 IM with a 2:28.15, while Darunas Cyril won the men's 400 free in 4:03.04. Mileioyte placed first in the women's 50 free with a 25.70, while Meilutyte set her second 13-year-old national age group record with a third-place 27.15.

Titenis topped the men's 200 breast in 2:11.32, while Jurate Deerbinskaite won the women's 800 free in 9:13.02. Sadauskas earned his second win of the meet with a 55.08 in the men's 100 IM, while Dukyte did the same with a 2:20.91 in the women's 200 back.

Paul Viktoravieius claimed the men's 50 fly in 24.28. Tadeusz Duokinas set a national age group record for 17 year olds with a third-place 25.19. David Margevieius lowered the national age group record for 15 year olds with a 12th-place 26.86.

Play Dobrovolskaite earned her third individual title with a 57.99 in the women's 100 free, while Dominic Spudvilas won the men's 200 free with a 1:52.17 – a national age group record for 17 year olds. Urte Kazakevieiute captured the women's 50 breast in 32.61, while Titenis won his second crown of the meet with a 59.40 in the men's 100 breast.

Sadauskas stood atop the podium for the third time this meet with a 24.86 in the men's 50 back. Sadauskas earned his fourth gold medal with a 22.14 in the men's 50 free. Mindaugas Kueinskas then won the men's 200 IM in 2:09.20, while Jurate Deerbinskaite took home the women's 400 free in 4:26.82.

Kazakevieiute won her second title of the meet with a 2:32.19 in the women's 200 breast, while Darunas Jankauskas claimed the men's 1500 free in 16:44.95. Matas Andriekus won the men's 200 back in 2:03.13, while Giedre Grigonyte took the women's 50 fly title in 28.42.

In relay action, the team of Laura Dobrovolskaite, Play Dobrovolskaite, Neringa Samaityte and Emperor Gimbutyte won the women's 200 medley relay in a national record time of 1:58.78.

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