Russia-Based Club Neva Stars Dominates Relay Day With 5 World Records at 2015 FINA World Masters Championships

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It was a banner day for the Russian Masters swimming club Neva Stars as the team collected five world records on relay day at the 2015 FINA World Masters Championships.

World Records

Russia Neva Stars’ Vladimir Predkin, Pavel Lebedev, Anna Poliakova and Olga Pozdniakova broke the world record in the mixed 160-199 200 medley relay with a 1:55.32. That performance downed the record of 1:55.79 set by Ukraine’s No Stars back in 2013.

The Neva Stars returned in the men’s 160-199 200 medley relay with a 1:47.07 from Aleksandr Shilin, Pavel Lebedev, Aleksei Manzhula and Vladimir Predkin. That swim cleared the world record of 1:47.72 set by USA’s Team TYR in 2006.

Neva Stars claimed a third world record as Evgenia Karetina, Anna Kuzmicheva, Anna Poliakova and Ekaterina Shershen posted a 2:00.05 in the women’s 100-119 200 medley relay.  That effort blasted the previous mark of 2:01.73 set by Germany’s SG Ruhr in 2014.

Neva Stars’ Aleksei Manzhula, Sergei Medvedev, Pavel Lebedev and Vladimir Predkin tied the men’s 160-199 200 free relay world record with a 1:36.28.  That swim matched the 1:36.28 set by USA’s Team TYR in 2006.

Neva Stars claimed its fifth world record in the women’s 100-119 200 free relay as Evgenia Karetina, Ekaterina Shershen, Anna Kuzmicheva and Anna Poliakova posted a 1:50.30.  That effort wiped out the 1:51.41 set by Japan’s Gold Rush back in 2006.

South Africa Cape Town MSC’s Calvin Maughan, Sanderina Kruger, Dianne Coetzee and Tim Shead lowered the world record in the mixed 240-279 200 freestyle relay with a 1:55.19.  That swim downed a Laura Val-led Tamalpais Aquatic Masters record from the U.S. of 1:56.00 in 2011.

Russia Tsunami’s Alexandr Satanovskiy, Irina Shlemova, Svetlana Knyaginina and Andrey Krylov posted a world record in the mixed 120-159 200 free relay with a 1:40.14.  That swim demolished the 2010 mark of 1:42.10 set by Germany’s SV Wasserfreunde.

Tsunami took down a second world record as Svetlana Knyaginina, Alla Feoktistova, Lyubov Yudina and Irina Shlemova clocked a 1:49.03 in the women’s 120-159 200 free relay.  That time downed Tsunami’s world record of 1:50.08 set back in 2012.

Russia Troyka’s Alexey Gulakov, Igor Golovin, Andrey Denisko and Ivan Kovalev broke the men’s 100-119 200 medley relay record with a 1:43.83.  That time downed Troyka’s previous record of 1:44.36 set in April.

Belarus Zubr’s Maksim Kruk, Ilya Kavalionak, Pavel Lagoun and Pavel Zinkevich posted a 1:34.09 in the men’s 120-159 200 free relay to break the world record.  Brazil’s SP Masters previously set the record with a 1:34.15 in 2014.

Meet Records

South Africa Cape Town MSC’s Mike Winfield, Tim Shead, Cecilia Stanford and Sanderina Kruger clipped the meet record in the mixed 240-279 200 medley relay with a 2:13.15.

Russia Chayka’s Svetlana Zhigunova, Andrey Davydov, Nataliya Matveeva and Alexey Filonov downed the meet record in the mixed 200-239 200 medley relay with a 2:03.23.

Russia Neva Stars’ Aleksandr Shilin, Anna Kuzmicheva, Aleksei Nazhula and Evgenia Karetina put up a 1:51.82 in the mixed 120-159 200 medley relay to crush the meet record of 1:53.92.

Russia Poseidon’s Alexei Zatcepin, Alexander Vladimirov, Vasilisa Vladykina and Yana Shafieva put up a 1:52.57 to smashed the mixed 100-119 200 medley relay meet record of 1:55.24.

Poseidon’s Alexey Teslik, Olga Klyuchnikova, Vasilisa Vladykina and Alexei Zatcepin also took down the mixed 100-119 200 free relay meet record with a 1:42.53.

2015 FINA World Masters Championships: Day 5 – Results

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