Russian 16-year-old Daria Ustinova broke her own Junior World Record in the 200 meter backstroke to highlight the second day of Russia’s national championships.
Ustinova went 2:07.29, breaking the 2:08.02 she’d set at last year’s Russian Championships. That gave Ustinova a national title and a berth on the nation’s roster for this summer’s World Championships.
According to the Russian Federation’s website, the Worlds Team is being selected based on the 12th-fastest time from the last World Championships in each Olympic-distance event, and the 10th-fastest time in each non-Olympic distance race.
Ustinova’s time now ranks her 2nd in the world so far this season:
Also appearing to qualify for Worlds from that race were two other up-and-coming swimmers who were born in 1998, just like Ustinova. Irina Prikhodko was second in 2:10.55 and Catherine Tomaszewski was 2:10.83. Both girls made it under the 12th-place time at the 2013 World Championships.
The Russian Federation site does note that time standards might be softer for some younger athletes on the cusp of qualifying, so we don’t officially know who is on and off the team. But with that caveat in mind, here are the rest of the other likely Worlds qualifiers from day 2:
Evgeny Rylov and Grigory Tarasevich went 1-2 in the 100 back and each earned spots on the Worlds team. Rylov was 53.17, which puts him #4 in the world so far this season, leapfrogging Olympic champ Matt Grevers. Tarasevich was 53.84 for second.
Two Rusisan women got under the 12th place time from 2013 Worlds in the 100 free. Natalia Lovtsova won in 54.15, and Veronika Popova was second with a 54.32. Belarus national Aleksandra Gerasimenya was 54.38 for third, also under the 12th place time from two summers ago.
Other event winners:
- Arina Openysheva won the women’s 400 free, going 4:09.91. Openyasheva is just 15 or 16 years old, listed as being born in 1999.
- The women’s 200 fly went to Maria Arsenyev in 2:12.89.
- Anton Chupkov took the 200 breast on the men’s side, going 2:10.80.
- The men’s 1500 free went to Ernest Maksumov in 15:25.72.
The most notable semi-final swim came from Vlad Morozov, who blasted a 48.36 to qualify first in the 100 free and move to 4th in our World Rankings:
Second is Daniel Izotov, who just missed the top 10 worldwide with a 48.59.
- Vitalina Simonova topped national record-holder Yuliya Efimova to take the top seed in the 200 breast. Simonva was 2:25.41 and Efimova, coming off her suspension for a failed drug test, 2:25.68.
- The men’s 200 IM is led by Aleksander Osipenko at 2:01.82, but Semen Makovich is just a tenth behind.
- Alexander Kudashev is the top entrant in the 200 fly, going 1:56.78 to win the semifinals.