Rylov, Morozov Add More Wins On Last Day Of Russian Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Xinhua/Yue Yuewei

The last day of action from the 2018 Russian Swimming Nationals ended in Moscow today, with some of the biggest names of the meet collecting a few more wins and narrowly missing some of their own national records.

Women’s 400 Free

The session started with a near-miss of the national record in the women’s 400 freestyle, as Veronika Andrusenko won in 4:06.73. That was less than half a second off of the existing Russian record from 2008. In second was Anna Egorova (4:09.48) followed by Anastasia Gushenkova (4:12.11) in third.

Men’s 400 IM

Maxin Stupin won a tightly contested 400 IM final, holding off a charging Alexander Oaipenko down the stretch to come away with the win, 4:16.90 to 4:17.08. In third was Danil Zaitsev (4:18.66), the only other competitor under 4:20.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

European record holder Evgeny Rylov added another win to his meet in the men’s 200 back, touching the wall in 1:53.71 to just miss his own record by just a tenth. Out with him at the 100 was Kliment Kolesnikov, but the teenager faded in the second 100 to finish in 1:55.91, still within a second of his own world junior record. Gregory Tarasevich rounded out the podium in third with a 1:57.83.

Women’s 200 IM

Victoria Andreeva was able to overcome a strong breaststroke leg by Yulia Efimova to take the win in the 200 IM with a 2:12.15. Efimova outsplit Andreeva by more than four seconds on the breaststroke leg (35.27 to 39.47) to have the lead going into the final 50, but she couldn’t hold on during the freestyle leg. Efimova ended up second in 2:12.82, just ahead of third place Irina Krivonogova (2:13.03).

Men’s 50 Freestyle

Vlad Morozov had his third win of the meet in the men’s 50 free, besting the rest of the field by more than half a second to finish first in 21.47. That was just .03 off of his own Russian record from last year and made him the only competitor under 22 seconds in the entire field. In second was Sergey Fesikov (22.10) while Ivan Kuzmenenko (22.12) finished third.  

Women’s 50 Butterfly

Sophia Spodarenko held off the 100 and 200 butterfly champion Svetlana Chimrova to earn the win in the women’s 50 butterfly, touching the wall in 26.52 to finish .03 ahead of Chimrova. The two were well ahead of the field and the only two swimmers under 27 seconds. In third was Anastasia Lyazeva (27.17).

Women’s 50 Breaststroke

In her third swim of the night (she had to contest the semi-finals of the 50 breast at the beginning of the session) Yulia Efimova came away with a win, touching first in 30.33. In second was Natalia Ivaneeva (30.66), who also qualified to compete in the event at the European Championships, and in third was Anna Hanus (31.46).

Women’s 100 Freestyle

Maria Kameneva won an extremely tight final in the women’s 100 free, touching first in 54.35 to finish just ahead of Veronika Andrusenko (54.47) and Arina Openysheva (54.68).

Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

The team from Moscow won the men’s 4×100 medley relay, with Kolesnikov (53.49), Anton Chupkov (59.12), Evgeny Koptelov (52.32), and Morozov (47.62) besting the rest of the field by about 3 seconds. Notably, Cyril Privacy from the St. Petersburg team had the fastest 100 breaststroke of the field (58.71), while teammate Alexander Popkov had the fastest 100 butterfly (51.85).

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay

The team from Moscow also took the women’s 4×100 medley relay, as the team of Daria Vaskina (1:01.07), Nika Godoon (1:09.46), Chimrova (57.44), and Rosalina Nasretdinova (55.79) won by just over half a second. Notably, Efimova split a 1:05.86 in her fourth swim of the night to have the fastest breaststroke split of the event.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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