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.
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).