Daryna Zevina Swims 2nd-Fastest 200 Back Ever, Breaks World Cup Record


Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine just missed the world record in the women’s 200 back at the FINA World Cup in Chartres, clocking 1:59.35 for the gold medal and a new World Cup record. The swim missed Katinka Hosszu‘s world record of 1:59.23 by just 12 one-hundredths of a second, and makes her just the third woman to crack two minutes in the history of the event.

Here’s a comparison of Hosszu’s world record splits versus Zevina’s splits from today:

  • Katinka Hosszu, 2014 SC World Championships: 28.17(30.19)(30.41)(30.46) – 1:59.23
  • Daryna Zevina, 2016 Chartrs World Cup: 28.93(30.69)(29.81)(29.92) – 1:59.35

As you can see, Hosszu swam her race much more aggressively, out over a full second ahead of Zevina at the 100m mark. Zevina back ended her race, coming home in an incredible 59.73 compared to Hosszu’s 1:00.87, just missing the record.

Hosszu was the first to do it at the 2014 Short Course World Championships, where she posted her record that still stands at 1:59.23. Australia’s Emily Seebohm joined her under two minutes going 1:59.49 at the Australian Short Course Championships in November of 2015, and Hosszu went under three more times in December.

Zevina’s previous best was her time of 2:00.81 from the Berlin World Cup stop back in 2013. This swim eclipses that mark as the new Ukrainian national record. She also broke Missy Franklin‘s World Cup record of 2:00.03, set way back in October of 2011. She moves past Seebohm, Franklin and Japan’s Shiho Sakai from 5th to 2nd on the all-time list.

All-Time Fastest Performances, Women’s 200 Back SCM

  1. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.23, 2014 SC World Championships
  2. Daryna Zevina, 1:59.35, 2016 Chartres World Cup
  3. Emily Seebohm, 1:59.49, 2015 Australian SC Championships
  4. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.75, 2015 Duel in the Pool
  5. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.84, 2015 SC European Championships
  6. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.95, 2015 SC European Championships
  7. Missy Franklin, 2:00.03, 2011 Berlin World Cup
  8. Emily Seebohm, 2:00.13, 2014 SC World Championships
  9. Missy Franklin, 2:00.14, 2011 Duel in the Pool
  10. Shiho Sakai, 2:00.18, 2009 Berlin World Cup

Hosszu finished 2nd in the race in 2:01.80, and Seebohm was 3rd in 2:02.46. Incredibly, that was Hosszu’s sixth swim of the session.

Hosszu won silver in this event at the Olympics earlier this month, while both Zevina (t-9th) and Seebohm (12th) missed the final.

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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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