Amaltdinov Breaks 200 Breast Pool Record On Final Night of Hokie Invite


The Virginia Tech Hokies closed out their invitational with a strong final day, securing the win on both the men’s side and women’s side. The men nearly doubled runner-up Purdue, totalling 1287 points, while the women had a much closer battle with the Boilermakers, but came away on top with 1121 points to their 943.

Purdue’s Marat Amaltdinov broke Brendan McHugh‘s pool record in the 200 breast, clocking 1:54.95 to take out the previous record of 1:55.43. Klaudia Nazieblo was originally thought to break her own 200 back school record, but it was revealed the records weren’t updated properly. Nonetheless, she won the race in a time of 1:54.56.

Along with Nazieblo, the Hokie women had another strong evening that saw them take five of the six events on day three. Also collecting individual wins were Jessica Hespeler in the 1650 free (16:09.56), Adrian Grabski in the 100 free (50.28) and Kelly Henry in the 200 breast (2:14.47).

On the men’s side it was Purdue’s turn to have a good night, collecting three of the five individual wins. Winning for Purdue was Amaltdinov in the 200 breast, Nicholas McDowell in the 1650 free (15:31.18), and Filip Bujoczek in the 100 free (44.33).

Other individual winners on the night were Robert Owen and Norbert Szabo of Virginia Tech in the 200 back and 200 fly respectively, and Emmy Rawson of Purdue in the women’s 200 fly.

The 400 free relay was the final race of the meet, and the Hokies fittingly won on both sides. The loaded women’s team of Hespeler, Grabski, Nazieblo, who all had an individual win on the night, along with Fiona Donnelly who was the runner-up in the 200 back, won in a time of 3:19.31 to Purdue’s 3:20.35. The men’s team of Szabo, Ian HoHarrison Pierce and Brandon Fiala cruised to victory in 2:58.22 over William & Mary who pulled off a second place finish in 3:00.43

As previously mentioned, Virginia Tech came out on top on both sides with Purdue in second. William & Mary got past Villanova by just over 50 points for third spot on the women’s side, while the U.S. Naval Academy men were just 18 points shy of Purdue for the runner-up spot, but 175 ahead of fourth place finisher Yale.

Final Team Scores


  1. Virginia Tech, 1287
  2. Purdue, 659.5
  3. U.S. Naval Academy, 641.5
  4. Yale, 466.5
  5. William & Mary, 431


  1. Virginia Tech, 1121
  2. Purdue, 943
  3. William & Mary, 550.5
  4. Villanova, 493.5
  5. Connecticut, 320

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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