Kristina Steins Breaks 100m Backstroke Record Twice In One Day At Latvian Nationals

Day two of the Latvian nationals gave way to an astounding drop in time of the national record in the women’s 100m backstroke.

Kristina Steins has been all over the Latvian national record in the 100m backstroke today, first breaking it in prelims with a time of 1:03.60. That swim broke the previous mark of 1:04.80 set by Arina Baikova earlier this year.

In finals, Steins once again lowered the mark to a 1:02.92, taking a grand total of 1.88 seconds off the national record in one day. With that time Steins finished first with Sigrid Sepp finishing second. Sepp was also under Baikova’s previous record with a 1:04.01. Baikova, the youngest of the bunch, ended up fourth.

The Sk delfins set a new Latvian record in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay with a time of 9:04.11. The team of Alona Ribakova, Jekaterina Troca, Anastasija Salajeva, and Aleksandra Ribakova were under the 9:05.10 nationa record set back in 2013.

Alona Ribakova had the fastest split of anyone on her team, rocking a 2:08.11 on the lead-off leg. That was the fastest split from any swimmer in the race, including the Mellansvenska women who finished first in 8:50.29.

For full meet results click here.

Other Event Winners

  • Lisa Eriksson – 200m freestyle – 2:09.66
  • Alexei Sancov – 200m freestyle – 1:52.56
  • Alona Ribakova – 200m breaststroke – 2:34.12
  • Ahmad Albader (Kuwait) – 200m breaststroke – 2:17.13
  • Janis Saltans – men’s 100m backstroke – 56.06
  • Gabriela Nikitina – 50m fly – 27.68
  • Nikolajs Maskalenko – 50m fly – 24.49
  • Vasilisa Zeliankevich – 400m IM – 5:03.71
  • Linus Kanth – 400m IM – 4:27.67


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Lol I find it hilarious that Kristina used to swim for Canada, made a national team, then got slow and hasn’t taken off time since. Her way of staying “international” is to represent a new country because now that she is slow, she cannot rep Canada any longer. That’s hilarious


It’s also hilarious that you have no idea what you’re talking about. The reason so many Canadian athletes leave canada and swim elsewhere is because swim corrupt with nepotism. Swim ontario has personally destroyed her shoulder, as well as swim canada playing favorites to home swimmers at world’s in Barcelona. In addition to the coach that her and I shared growing up who shouldn’t be allowed near children and has personally destroyed upwards 10 athletes through injury and refuses to accept professional opinion. But! he has his level 4 (a man who has not persobally trained an athlete to the national level) because he’s buddies with Pierre. So, when you start making comments about people “switching nationalities” (Latvian being the… Read more »


OK. I’ll jump in here.
Hey “observer”, what’s with the bitterness? who peed in your cornflakes? Are you just trolling or did you really just mock a 1:02.9 1back?


Hey! No not trolling, Kristina used to swim much faster, now she’s slow in Canadian swimming, (a 102.9 would barely make an A final let alone a national team). Kristina being too slow now for Canadian swimming (because she has not improved) has moved to a country where she is guarenteed to make a national team. It’s complete bs, she just knows that she is slow in the world of swimming, and now the only way to make a team is to switch which country she represents. It’s hilarious


She may also find it refreshing to swim for a country that selects it’s natonal team 100% based on time. Unlike canada who has a board who gets to hem and haw over who they like best that month before selecting their team.


It’s not like she joined ISIS and fled to Syria.
“rooting for other people’s failure will hinder your success” Amy Poehler

BRAVO Marley09

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Mitch Bowmile

Mitch Bowmile is a former Canadian age group swimmer who was forced to end his career early due to a labrum tear in his hip and a torn rotator cuff after being recognized as one of the top 50 breaststrokers his age in Canada. He competed successfully at both age …

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