Efimova Speeds Through 200 Breaststroke on Day 2 of SCS March Senior Invite

Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova put up a second straight day of big swims on Sunday at the 2015 CA Southern California March Senior Invite in long course, as she had a very fast return from her 16-month doping suspension.

On Sunday, Efimova swam a world-leading 2:23.99 in the 200 meter breaststroke. Unlike the 100 on Saturday, that does bump Efimova to 3rd in the 2015 world rankings.

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As compared to Efimova’s own personal history, her endurance suffered a tiny bit at the end of this 200 breaststroke; she’s usually a hair better than the 37.3 that she split at the end of this race. Overall, though, it was a seven-second victory, and another solid swim in her return to action.

Other winners on Sunday:

  • US National Teamer Katie McLaughlin won the women’s 100 fly in 1:00.97, beating out Chinese swimmer Shija Wang. McLaughlin again topped Wang in the 100 free, though by a tighter 56.36-56.72 margin.
  • Alex Valente won the men’s 100 fly in 54.76.Cole Cogswell finished 6th in 58.26.
  • The Russians went 1-2-3 in the men’s 100 free, with Nikita Lobintsev (49.68), Alexander Sukhorukov (49.81), and Vlad Morozov (49.82).

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bobo gigi
9 years ago

Other interesting results from young promising US swimmers last weekend.

13-year-old Vinny Marciano swam a lot of best times in New Jersey.
21.38 in the 50 free
46.51 in the 100 free
1.41.69 in the 200 free
50.83 in the 100 back
1.52.25 in the 200 back

14-year-old Zachary Hils swam in Kentucky a new PB in the 400 IM in 3.58.13.
He’s now the 12th fastest 13/14 US boy ever in that event.

11/12 NAG record holder Ethan Dang, now 13, swam new best times on breaststroke.
57.81 in the 100 breast
2.03.14 in the 200 breast

If someone has the performances of 13-year-old Regan Smith at Minnesota age group championships,… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

I’ve finally found the Minnesota results and Regan Smith swam best times on backstroke.
53.84 in the 100 back
1.58.44 in the 200 back.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

And I’ve found trace of Allie Szekely! 🙂
She’s already in long course mode and will swim at sectionals in Buffalo this week.

bobo gigi
9 years ago
bobo gigi
9 years ago

Abbey Weitzeil must be in a very heavy training period.
She swam 56.88 in the 100 free final.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

Anyway, she isn’t usually a fast in-season swimmer.
Last year at the same period she was in 57.26.

9 years ago

I say, “keep them doubting!” She has been very consistent over the years anyways!

Reply to  Hswimmer
9 years ago

If she were a chinese and trained in China, I doubt you would have said the same thing.

Justin Thompson
9 years ago

Good for Yulia. Not saying that what she did before is to be overlooked, but to fight through that and come out swimming these times is impressive.

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