Efimova Clocks 2:22 to Win 200 Breast on Night 3 of LA Invite


On day 3 of the 2016 LA Invitational, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova swam her first race since the lifting of her FINA ban for testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium earlier this year. Efimova won the race in 2:22.77, putting her almost 10 seconds ahead of the field. That time is just over a second slower than her season best 2:21.41 from the 2016 Arena Pro Swim in Orlando, which currently ranks her 2nd in the world as we head towards Rio.

In the women’s 50 free, Cal-based Egyptian sprinter Farida Osman and Arizona’s Olympic Trials finalist Katrina Konopka went head to head in a race that was very close down to the finish. Osman got her hand on the wall first for the win in 25.07, just beating out Konopka, who swam a 25.16 for 2nd.

On the men’s side, Trojan Swim Club swept the 200 free podium with Cristian Quintero, Nikita Lobintsev, and Dylan Carter. Quintero was the fastest man to the wall, touching in 1:49.22 for the win. Narrowly behind him were Lobintsev (1:49.41) and Carter (1:49.51), while Long Guitierrez (1:49.74) also swam sub-1:50 for 4th.

Russian speedster Vlad Morozov, who won last night’s 100 free, came out on top again tonight, this time taking the win in the men’s 50 free. Morozov won the race in 22.07, topping Russian teammates Alex Suhrokov (22.41) and Lobintsev (22.71).

Other Event Winners

  • Men’s 1500 Free: Tyler Jones, 15:54.96
  • Women’s 200 IM: Nikol Popov, 2:18.12
  • Men’s 200 Breast: Gage Crosby, 2:16.12
  • Women’s 400 Free: Kathryn Campbell, 4:14.75
  • Men’s 400 IM: Colin Eriks, 4:29.58
  • Women’s 800 Free Relay: Highlands Ranch Aquatics, 8:35.19
  • Men’s 800 Free Relay: Irvine Novaquatics, 7:37.48

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Yulia looks sharp and must have continued to train hard despite being separated from her team these past 6 months. I’m guessing a solid 1:05 in the 100 to let Ruta know who’s boss.


Drug cheats should not be celebrated or encouraged.


So, like, the majority of the professional sports world?


Thanks for the free advice. Go Yulia !!!!


wrong answer Goyulia

Lane Four

Make comments like this over on Swimvortex, GOYULIA, and Craig Lord would tear you to ribbons. Your comments and support of a KNOWN DRUG CHEAT are disgusting!!!!!!


Craig is a great journalist, but look at the number of people who comment on that site. There’s a reason for that and it’s Craig shaming those who don’t agree with him. Swimswam understands freedom of speech and expression and they are thriving as a result.


The problem is swimvortex and the reason for less comments is that you have to pay to join the site. SwimSwam is free. That is the reason.


Got news for you…a solid 1:05 ain’t gonna win.


Thanks for the news flash REID, but a solid 1:05 pre taper sends a message. Add that to your news feed.


When you say pre-taper, do you mean yardage or drug regimen?


Save your tears for Rio when she brings home the hardware!

M Palota

Win or lose, she’s a cheat. That’s never going to change. Those that know, know.

yuliya warrior

you don’t know her, or the truth. it is not for you to judge.

yuliya warrior



A 2:22 training swim that would have won the US trials by over a second.


True, but then the U.S. champion at Trials isn’t a known drug cheat.


terrible having people like GOYULIA on here, clearly emotionally driven. Fact of the matter is Yulia tested positive a first time for DHEA. A banned substance. The second time for Meldonium. Meldonium was provided for performance enhancing purposes.
Amazing that the powers that be allow Yulia to swim and Maria Sharapova is serving a ban.. How much money has gone into WADA and FINAs’ pockets in order to allow Russia to continue swimming on????

yuliya warrior

just FYI: DHEA is also prescribed by Endocrinologists. Also the studies say that when she took DHEA it was before January 1st. January 1st was the day it was banned, meaning that she took it when it was legal. How do you know she didn’t take it for an endocrine problem, anyways!? the time she found out it was banned, she stopped taking it. And here is a news flash. You don’t know if she took it for an endocrine issue.

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Is Tonya Harding someone illegal in California?

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