Russia Announces Tentative Olympic Roster, European Champs Roster

The All-Russia Swimming Federation has announced both a tentative roster for the 2020 Olympic Games, as well as its roster for the upcoming European Aquatics Championships.

Olympic Roster

The announced Olympic roster includes 4 new names who did not hit qualifying standards at the recent Russian Olympic Trials.

On the men’s side, that list includes sprint freestyler Alexander Shchegolev, an 18-year old who swam a personal best of 48.24 in the 100 free at the recent Russian Olympic Trials.

His best time going into the meet was just 48.81, and he bettered that in four separate swims across a week of competition before landing over half-a-second faster. That time placed him 5th in the final of the event behind:

With three swimmers flat-starting under 48 seconds, Russia is in medal contention in this race later in the year at the Tokyo Olympics. Shchegolev’s emergence as a 5th, along with the already-qualified Ivan Girev at 48.34, gives the Russians some options to rest their stars in prelims and still sail safely into the final.

The other three additions came on the women’s side in the former of Veronika AndrusenkoValeria Salamatina, and Daria K. Ustinova (the backstroker).

Andrusenko is one of the key swimmers and stars of the Russian team historically, including a finals swim and 8th-place finish in the 400 free at the 2019 World Championships.

While she won the 200 free and placed 3rd in the 400 free at the Russian Trials, she didn’t clear the FINA “A” standard in any of her races. She is likely ‘frozen out’ of that 400 free individually by Anna Egorova (4:04.10) and Anastasia Kirpichnikova (4:06.26), both of whom cleared the “A” cut in the 400 free and both of whom beat Andrusenko handily.

But the 30-year old veteran might get the chance to swim the 200 free individually, but at a minimum will be a crucial relay leg for the Russians.

The same is true for Valeria Salamatina, who was 4th in the 200 free in 1:59.49.

Meanwhile, Daria K. Ustinova, the backstroker (as compared to the similarly-named freestyler, who was already qualified), was chosen likely on the strength of her win in the 200 back in a time of 2:10.82. While half-a-second short of the FINA “A” standard for the Olympics, she has been as fast as 2:06 in that event, and so is still a finals threat.

The selection is pending the results of the Russian team’s upcoming training camp which begins on May 8 in Volvograd. That camp was originally scheduled for Turkey, but because of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, Russian leaders decided to hold the event domestically instead.

No events have been attached to the official selection, which means that the Russians have left themselves wiggle room to find ways to get swimmers where they need them – for example, Yulia Efimova, the defending World Champion in the 200 breaststroke, didn’t qualify in that event.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run from July 23 – August 8, 2021 with the pool swimming competition to be held from July 24 through August 1.

Russian Tentative Olympic Roster (Last Name First)


Borodin Ilya
Vekovishchev Mikhail
Girev Ivan
Grinev Vladislav
Druzhinin Ilya
Egorov Alexander
Zhilkin Andrey
Kolesnikov Kliment
Krasnykh Alexander
Kudashev Alexander
Malyutin Martin
Martynychev Kirill
Minakov Andrey
Morozov Vladimir
Prigoda Kirill
Rylov Evgeny
Stupin Maxim
Chupkov Anton
Shchegolev Alexander


Andrusenko Veronika
Egorova Anna
Efimova Yulia
Kameneva Maria
Kirpichnikova Anastasia
Klevanovich Elizaveta
Salamatina Valeria
Surkova Arina
Temnikova Maria
Ustinova Daria K.
Ustinova Daria S.
Fesikova Anastasia
Chikunova Evgenia
Chimrova Svetlana

European Championship Roster – Pool & Open Water

Russia has also outlined a roster of 30 pool athletes and 10 open water athletes for the 2021 European Aquatics Championships that will be held from May 10-23, 2021. The pool swimming events will run from May 17-23, while open water swimming runs from May 12-16.

The event will be a key preparation event for the Olympic Games in pool swimming and for the Olympic qualifying event in Setubal, Portugal in June for open water swimming.

As we’ve seen from several other countries, there are many more top-name athletes expected to participate than we normally see in an Olympic year. It’s not expected that most will be fully shaved or tapered, but the lineups will be deep.

The Russians will send most of their Olympic roster to the European Championships, with a few additions and subtractions. Tatiana Belonogoff, who recently achieved full Russian sporting citizenship after being raised in the UK, breaststroker Danil Semyaninov, and backstroker Grigory Tarasevich are all set to join the team for the European Championships.

That group will help fill some roster holes left by a list of “reserves” that includes names like Veronika AndrusenkoDaria S. Ustinova, and Vlad Morozov.

Countries are able to send 3 swimmers per event to preliminary rounds of the European Championships, so in the example of Belonogoff, there is room for extra swimmers even where all of the Olympians within a stroke group are attending.

European Championships Pool Roster

  1. Belonogoff Tatiana
  2. Borodin Ilya
  3. Vekovishchev Mikhail
  4. Girev Ivan
  5. Grinev Vladislav
  6. Druzhinin Ilya
  7. Egorov Alexander
  8. Egorova Anna
  9. Efimova Yulia
  10. Zhigalov Alexander
  11. Zhilkin Andrey
  12. Kameneva Maria
  13. Kirpichnikova Anastasia
  14. Kolesnikov Kliment
  15. Krasnykh Alexander
  16. Kudashev Alexander
  17. Malyutin Martin
  18. Minakov Andrey
  19. Prigoda Kirill
  20. Rylov Evgeniy
  21. Semyaninov Danil
  22. Stupin Maxim
  23. Surkova Arina
  24. Tarasevich Grigory
  25. Temnikova Maria
  26. Fesikova Anastasia
  27. Chikunova Evgeniya
  28. Chimrova Svetlana
  29. Chupkov Anton
  30. Shchegolev Alexander

Andrusenko Veronika
Guzhenkova Anastasia
Dovgalyuk Mikhail
Klevanovich Elizaveta
Martynychev Kirill
Morozov Vladimir
Salamatina Valeria
Ustinova Daria S.
Shatalov Daniil
Shevchenko Ilya

European Championships Open Water Roster

Abrosimov Kirill
Adeev Denis
Belyaev Kirill
Dratsev Evgeny
Sadykov Ruslan

Ermakova Valeria
Kirpichnikova Anastasia
Kolesnikova Sofia
Novikova Maria
Sorokina Ekaterina

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1 year ago

Dratsev is 38 and still grinding

1 year ago

Their men’s 4x100m free and 4x100m medley look absolutely nasty. Definitely in contention for gold.

1 year ago

Any thoughts on their medal prospects at the olympics?
I would say they should win at least 6 medals (men’s 100 free/100 back/200 back/200 breast/4×100 free/medley relay) and could win up to 13 medals (men’s 50 free/2nd medal in the 100 back/100 fly/400 IM, women’s 50 free, mixed medley relay, men’s 4×200 free relay).

Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

I would add the women’s 200 meter breaststroke with Chikunova.

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

Yes, you are right, i forgot that event. 200 breast should be super competitive. 2 women already sub 2:21 and american trials still to come.

1 year ago

Great to see that they send their top athletes to the european championships. I think GB will do the same, not sure about Italy. Germany will only send athletes who won’t go to the olympics (except for Wellbrock/Köhler who will swim open water at the european championships).

Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Italy will send all top athletes. Roster done past week.

The Weez
1 year ago

How does the FINA A Standard work for a country like Russia? I’m surprised that they are allowed to send athletes who don’t have that standard (to compete individually)?

Reply to  The Weez
1 year ago

If nobody hits an A cut a country can send the fastest person with a B cut. A cuts are for sending two athletes.

Corn Pop
Reply to  The Weez
1 year ago

Obviously there are going to be swimmers whose best time is slower than 2.10.4 . Who do you think will make up the 6 or 7 heats ? Otters?

Reply to  The Weez
1 year ago

In Russia there are more qualifiers with A standard then places in Olympic team and even in relays. A standard time didn’t even get some place in relay team. So what is your question about?

1 year ago

You mean 2020 or 2021 Olympic Games, not 2016

1 year ago

Isn’t Shchegolev 3rd in 200 free? He definitely should be there as a 4×200 relay swimmer.

Reply to  whever
1 year ago

Did they qualify a relay?

Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

I think so, as long as Russia is allowed to send relay teams. They won 4×200 silver in Gwangju.

Last edited 1 year ago by whever

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