Anastasia Gorbenko Posts 2:10.86 Israeli 200 BK Record at 2021 Stockholm Open


The penultimate day of the 2021 Swim Open Stockholm featured four new national records, including additional swims that frightened national records within tenths of a second. Four new top-25 times in the world this season were also performed in Stockholm.

Breaking her first LCM record for the 2020-2021 season after breaking five SCM records during the 2020 ISL season with the LA Current team was 17-year-old Israeli Anastasia Gorbenko, hitting 2:10.86 in the 200 back. Her Israeli record makes her No. 78 in European history as well as No. 25 in the world this season. If Gorbenko were American, she would rank No. 28 on the US 17-18 all-time rankings. In Europe, however, Gorbenko is the second-fastest 17&U swimmer this season in the continent, only behind Poland’s Laura Bernat (2:09.81). Gorbenko’s time is just 0.42s off of the 2:10.39 FINA A Cut, yet already has an OlympicA cut in the 100 free (54.38) from December 2020.

Gorbenko also picked up a second-place finish in Stockholm in the 200 IM, swimming 2:13.49. Gorbenko set her national record of 2:11.92 at the 2019 World Championships when she was 15 years old. Winning the event was Hungarian Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu, touching the wall at 2:11.54. She remains No. 14 in the world with her season best of 2:11.47 from the 2021 Hungarian Nationals.

Joining Gorbenko in the national record-breaking frenzy was Eneli Jefimova, breaking 2:27 for the first time in the 200 breast to take the win in Stockholm. Jefimova took down her 2:27.84 lifetime best from February 2021 with a 2:26.88, breaking the Estonian national record. Jefimova’s swim also makes her No. 87 in European history and No. 11 in the continent for the 2020-2021 season. Thea Blomsterberg of Denmark placed second at 2:27.68, just 0.08s off her prelims swim.

In the women’s 50 free, Denmark’s Julie Jensen threw down a fast 24.68 in the AM prelims to move up to No. 16 in the world and dip under the 24.77 Olympic A Cut. She later confirmed her win with a 24.71 in finals. Swede Michelle Coleman touched out Finnish Fanny Teijonsalo 24.96 to 24.97 for second. Teijonsalo’s 24.97 was a threatening 0.07s off of the Finnish national record of 24.90, held by Mimosa Jallow from the 2018 edition of this meet. The national record-holder was present on Saturday’s event, winning the consolation final at 25.52.

Frightening her own Israeli national record by 0.03s was fourth-place finisher Andi Murez (25.14). American Linnea Mack placed fifth at 25.22, ranking No. 6 in the US this season, just 0.01s ahead of teen star Claire Curzan (25.23).

Into the men’s 100 free, Greek Andreas Vazaios took the win at 48.93, scaring Kristian Gkolomeev‘s 2016 national record of 48.68. Finishing in second place was German Josha Salchow, clocking in at 49.08. In the morning, he swam 48.77, which is now 21st in the world. His is likewise the No. 85 European and 6th-fastest German all-time. Both Vazaios and Salchow were just a hair off their FINA A cut time of 48.57.

More Day 3 Highlights:

  • Cracking the top-25 times in the world was German Jacob Heidtmann, winning the 400 IM with a time of 4:16.73.
  • Czech Sebastian Lunak won the men’s 100 fly with a time of 1:57.77, holding off Estonia’s Kregor Zirk (1:58.55) and Danish record-holder Viktor Bromer (1:59.01). Lunak’s time was just 0.14s off of Jan Sefl‘s 2015 national record of 1:57.63.
  • Another Czech swimming, Tomas Franta, took the win in the men’s 100 back at 54.47, the 13th-fastest time in Europe in 2021. That swim was just three-tenths off his own national record of 54.16 from the 2019 World Championships. The FINA Olympic A Cut sits at 53.85.
  • Placing first and second in the women’s 400 free were Czech Barbora Seemanova (4:09.87) and Liechtensteinian Julia Hassler  (4:10.77), who both flirted with their own respective national records of 4:08.89 and 4:10.40.
  • A third Estonian record went down on Saturday, this time in the mixed 400 medley relay (3:51.89). Check out the splits in the record round-up below.

Day 3 National Record Round-Up

  • Women’s 200 Back: Israeli record, Anastasia Gorbenko (2:10.86)
  • Women’s 200 Back: Estonian record, Aleksa Gold (2:12.43)
  • Women’s 200 Breast: Estonian record, Eneli Jefimova (2:26.88)
  • Mixed 400 Medley Relay: Estonian record, 3:51.89 — Gold (1:02.65), Jefimova (1:07.06), Zaitsev (52.48), Zirk (49.70)

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Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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