2022 Russia Youth Swimming Championships
- May 3-7th, 2022
- Saransk, Russia
- Long Course Meters (50 meters), Prelims/Finals
- Full/Live Results
The 2022 Russian Youth Swimming Championships concluded on Sunday, where boys born in 2006 and 2007 and girls born in 2008 and 2009 competed. In total, 978 athletes from 63 regional teams competed.
Among the top performers of the meet was Sofya Dyakova from Tatarstan, who won three individual gold medals and set two Meet Records in the process.
The 14-year old won the 400 free in 4:15.69, which broke a 2013-minted Meet Record of 4:18.63 that was previously held by European Junior Champion, World Junior Champion, and Olympian Arina Openysheva.
Dyakova took another almost-three-second bite out of the record in the 800 free, winning by more than 20 seconds. She touched in 8:47.26, which broke the old Meet Record of 8:50.03 that was set by Yana Tolkacheva in 2001 – one of the oldest records standing for the meet.
Dyakova finished the meet with a 16:46.18 in the women’s 1500 free, leading the field by 26 seconds and taking almost 25 seconds off the Meet Record of 17:11.08. That record was set at last year’s meet by Polina Kozyakina.
She was responsible for three of the six Meet Records broken over the weekend. The other two were downed in men’s backstroke races, the races where Russia has had their biggest recent international successes.
In the 200 back, Iaroslyv Loze won in 2:01.05. That broke the 2018 Meet Record of 2:01.67 that was set in 2018 by Daniel Zaitsev.
Loze also won the 400 IM in 4:27.90.
The other records broken at the meet came in the boys’ sprint backstrokes, where Miron Lifintsev won both the 50 and the 100 meter races in new records.
Lifintsev also won the 100 back in a new record of 55.19. That broke the Meet Record of 55.64 that was set in 2016 by Olympic medalist Kliment Kolesnikov.
He also won the 50 in 25.62, a whopping 8-tenths of a second margin in just a 50 meter race. That swim broke his own prelims record of 25.93, which in turn broke Stepan Kalabin’s record of 26.01 set at last year’s meet. Even at just 16, his time would have ranked him 11th in Russia last year.
Other medal-winning results for him include a silver in the 200 backstroke (2:02.24) and a relay gold for four total medals.
Other Notable Triple Gold Medalists
- Seraphim Fokina from Volgograd won the girls’ 100 fly (1:01.41), 200 fly (2:17.87), and 200 IM (2:18.28), and also picked up silver in the 400 IM (4:54.85).
- 13-year old Viktoriya Shkarenkova was the top overall medal earner of the meet with 3 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medal for Moscow. Individually, that included a win in the 50 breast (32.91) and 100 breast (1:12.54).
- Aleksandr Markushin won both the 400 free (4:01.12) and 800 free (8:19.18) on the boys’ side, and added a relay gold for three total gold medals.
Other Notable Winners
- 14-year old Ekaterina Stryuk won the 200 free in 2:03.78, a two-and-a-half second margin victory. That swim is still, surprisingly, two seconds shy of the Meet Record in the event. Of the 20 Russian women who were faster than that time in 2021, the next-youngest was four years older than Stryuk.
- 16-year old German Zazhirskiy won the boys’ 100 fly in 53.96, which knocked 8-tenths of a second off his old previous best. Andrei Minakov holds on to the Meet Record in that event at 52.13 from 2018.