Alina Zmushka Takes Belarusian 200 BR Record Down Four Seconds To 2:21.40

2020 Belarusian Short Course Championships

  • December 17-19, 2020
  • Brest, Belarus
  • SCM (25m)
  • Live Results

Alina Zmushka set a new standard for female breaststrokers in Belarus on the opening day of the country’s national short course championships in Brest, bringing the Belarusian Record in the 200 breaststroke down a total of four seconds between prelims and finals.

Zmushka first clocked a time of 2:23.44 in the heats, taking two seconds off her national record of 2:25.44 set at the 2019 European Short Course Championships in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old kept her foot on the gas in the final, taking the mark all the way down to 2:21.40 to win the event by over seven seconds.

SPLIT COMPARISON

Compared to her prelim record, Zmushka was significantly faster on the second 50 in the final, hitting a 35.7 split. Relative to last year, her swims in Brest show she’s been better everywhere, particularly opening and closing.

Copenhagen, 2019 Brest, 2020 (Heats) Brest, 2020 (Final)
32.85 32.03 31.70
36.52 (1:09.37) 37.35 (1:09.38) 35.70 (1:07.40)
37.63 (1:47.00) 36.94 (1:46.32) 36.51 (1:43.91)
38.44 (2:25.44) 37.12 (2:23.44) 37.49 (2:21.40)

Zmushka is a two-time Long Course World Championship team member for Belarus, competing in both Kazan and Gwangju. At the 2019 championships last summer, she notably made semi-final appearances in both the 50 and 100 breast, placing ninth and 15th overall, respectively.

In addition to Zmushka’s pair of record swims, the men’s 200 breast record was also lowered on day one by Ilya Shymanovich in a time of 2:02.77, while Grigori Pekarski also set a new mark in the men’s 100 freestyle prelims (47.32).

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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