Sasha Touretski Takes 100 Free In First Meet After Father’s Death


  • Saturday, September 12th
  • Locarno, Switzerland
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results

In her first meet back in the water since the death of her legendary coaching father Gennadi Touretski, 25-year-old Sasha Touretski took part in Swiss Swimming’s ‘Restart Meeting’ over the weekend.

Contesting the women’s 100m free, the 2016 Olympian posted a time of 57.35 to easily beat the field in Locarno.

Her father, famed coach of Russia’s 4-time Olympic gold medalist Alexander Popov, died last month after having suffered a stroke.

New NC State commit Noe Ponti clinched the top prize in the men’s 50m fly, logging a time of 24.21. That held off a charging Maxim Lobanovszkij, who touched .31 later in 24.52.

Lobanovszkij had earlier taken the men’s 50m free in a time of 22.18, while Ponti had already snagged 50m back silver in 27.11 behind winner Benjamin Pfeiffer‘s 26.73. Pfeiffer doubled up with a 57.62 victory in the 100m back as well.

Lobanovszkij owns the Hungarian national record in the short course version of the 50m free, carrying a lifetime best of 20.68 from the Hungarian National Championships last December. His long course PB rests at the 21.79 put up in March of last year.

Leave a Reply

Notify of
1 Comment
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 day ago

Nice job Sasha T!

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

Read More »