2019 Russian Youth Championships
- November 26th-30th, 2019
- Saransk, Russia
- National Championship by Age Group
- Girls: 13-14, 15-17
- Boys: 15-16, 17-18
- SCM (25m)
- Live Video
Through the first 3 days of the short course meters version of the 2019 Russian Youth Championships, 4 Russian Junior Records and a European Junior Record have gone down already.
The European Record came early in the meet, on the first day, when a relay from Moscow swam a 1:41.00. That makes them the first relay to officially clear the benchmark time set by LEN, the governing body of European swimming, at 1:41.62.
The relay of Elizaveta Ryndych, Karina Bordyugova, Yulia Volkova, and Elizaveta Susorova combined for the new record-setting mark.
- Ryndych – 25.83
- Bordyugova – 25.13
- Volkova – 24.92
- Susorova – 25.12
The fastest split was swum by the youngest member of the relay, Volkova, who is only 15-years old.
That was one of 5 record-setting performances on the day. Russia only records a single ‘junior record’ in short course as compared to the age records they track in long course.
One was tied in the very first final of the meet, the girls’ 13-14 50 breaststroke, where 14-year old Yelena Bogolomova, swam a 30.93. That tied the Russian Junior Record that was set in 2014 by Sofya Spodarenko. In the very next race, the girls’ 15-17 50 breaststroke, 16-year old Anastasiya Makarova swam a 30.62, which broke that record.
The rest of the Russian Junior Recrods came in relays. In addition to that Moscow girls’ 200 free relay, a St. Petersburg mixed 200 free relay combined for a new Russian Junior Record in 1:34.05, and the St. Petersburg boys’ 200 medley relay combined for a a new Russian Junior Record of 1:51.30.
The top medal-winner of the meet so far has been Aleksandra Kurilinka, who has 6 total medals – 4 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. That includes 1 individual gold, in the 100 IM, which she won in 1:02.54.
Her St. Petersburg teammate Aleksandr Shchegolev has won 3 individual events as part of a 4-gold-medal effort so far in the boys’ 17-18 age group. That includes victories in the 50 fly (23.14), 100 free (47.61), and 100 IM (53.45).