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

2020 RESTART MEETING LOCARNO (SUI)

  • 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.

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Mac
7 months ago

Nice job Sasha T!

Herman
4 months ago

Sasha, my deepest condolences over the passing of your dad. He is cheering for you from above. Swim strong and continue working hard. You will medal at the 2021 Olympics.

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