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.

2014-2015 LCM Women 200 Breast

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2Kanako
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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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Justin Thompson

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.

Hswimmer

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

aswimfan

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

bobo gigi

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

bobo gigi

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

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