Surkova’s Russian Record Highlights Day 3 Of Russian SC Nationals


Day 3 of the 2018 Russian Short Course Championships saw the first National Record of the competition fall, as Arina Surkova threw down a 25.60 in the women’s 50 fly semi-finals. That broke the previous record of 25.71, set by Daria Tsvetkova at the 2015 European SC Championships in Netanya. Defending National champ Rozaliya Nasretdinova qualified 2nd into the final in 25.89, and they’ll be looking to hit the Worlds qualifying time of 25.42 on Saturday.

Daria Ustinova and Anna Egorova were the only two swimmers to hit qualifying times for the Short Course World Championships in a final on day 3, with a total of five new names being added to the tentative roster for Hangzhou.

Ustinova, the Russian Record holder in the 200 back with a 2:01.57, won the event in a time of 2:02.25, putting her 4th in the world for the season. That got her under Russia’s qualifying standard of 2:03.23 and put her onto the World Championship roster. Irina Prikhodko (2:05.35) moved up two spots from last year to take 2nd, and Anastasia Avdeeva (2:05.82) dropped one for 3rd.

Egorova, who had already qualified for the team with her runner-up finish in the 200 free (for the relay), added an individual event to her schedule with a big win in the 800 free in a time of 8:13.96. That swim crushes her previous best of 8:19.66, gets under the qualifying time of 8:16.53, and also makes her the 4th fastest in the world for the season. She broke away from Anastasia Kirpichnikova (8:20.79) on the back half to win by close to seven seconds.

Kliment Kolesnikov continued his impressive run at the meet claiming a pair of #1 seeds for tomorrow’s finals. He first clocked 51.78 in the men’s 100 IM, leading Sergey Fesikov (51.94) and Andrey Zhilkin (51.95), giving the three of them the 4th, 5th and 6th fastest times in the world this year. All three were also under the Russian qualifying time of 52.10, which was also Kolesnikov’s best time prior to this swim.

Kolesnikov then put up the #1 time in the world in the 50 back, going 23.18 to slip under Michael Andrew‘s 23.19. Evgeny Rylov (23.34), Andrey Shabasov (23.82) and Grigory Tarasevich (23.87) sit 2nd, 3rd and 4th heading into the final, where they’ll aim for a top-2 finish and the qualifying time of 23.18. Kolesnikov has already qualified for the team in the 100 back and 200 IM, and Shabasov also made the 100 back.


  • Maria Kameneva used a blazing fast opening 50 of 25.20 to win the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 52.68, topping Veronika Andrusenko (53.09), Valeriia Salamatina (53.95) and Daria Mullakaeva (54.01). Kameneva missed the individual qualifying time of 52.09, but all four add their names to the team for the relay. Andrusenko (200 free) and Salamatina (800 free relay) had already qualified.
  • Kameneva also qualified 1st into the women’s 100 IM final, posting a 59.60 in the semis for a new best time. Viktoriya Andreeva (1:00.20) and Daria Kartashova (1:00.38) sit 2nd and 3rd. Andreeva is the Russian Record holder at 59.40, with Yuliya Efimova‘s 59.19 from 2013 unratified due to one of her doping violations.
  • Roman Shevlyakov blasted out to the lead with a 22.96 opening 50 to defeat a very competitive field in the men’s 100 fly final, touching in 50.31 to edge out 2017 champ Aleksandr Sadovnikov (50.44) and 200 fly winner Aleksandr Kharlanov (50.48). Shevlyakov, who came into the meet with a best of 50.91, fell short of the individual qualifying time (50.13), but per the criteria will be added to the team for the medley relay.
  • Maria Temnikova had a similar situation in the women’s 100 breast, as she won in a time of 1:05.05 to narrowly miss the standard of 1:05.00. That should tentatively put her on the team, but with Yuliya Efimova and Vitalina Simonova competing at the World Cup (using that meet for qualifying), she’ll likely be bumped out.
  • Ivan Kuzmenko (21.21) leads Evgeny Sedov (21.29) and Rylov (21.60) into the men’s 50 free final, where they’ll be shooting for the standard of 21.12. There will likely only be one spot available with Vlad Morozov likely to throw down a 20-point swim in Tokyo.
  • Moscow won the mixed 200 medley relay, with Kolesnikov (23.16 backstroke) and Nasretdinova (23.90 freestyle) throwing down key legs for their team that clocked 1:39.12. The Kaluga Region team took 2nd in 1:40.40, with notable splits from Andrey Nikolaev (25.99 on breast) and Mikhail Vekovishchev (21.97 on fly).


The roster is tentative, with the swimmers competing at the Tokyo stop of the World Cup having their results count towards qualifying as well.

Russian SC Worlds Team Tracker
Men Event Women Event
1 Aleksandr Krasnykh 400 FR, 800 FR-R Veronika Andrusenko 200 FR, 400 FR-R
2 Martin Malyutin 400 FR, 800 FR-R Anna Egorova 800 FR, 800 FR-R
3 Kliment Kolesnikov 200 IM, 100 BK Anastasia Guzhenkova 800 FR-R
4 Aleksandr Kharlanov 200 FLY Valeria Salamatina
800 FR-R, 400 FR-R
5 Andrey Shabasov 100 BK Anastasiia Fesikova 400 MR
6 Oleg Kostin 100 BR Daria Ustinova 200 BK
7 Mikhail Vekovishchev 800 FR-R Maria Kameneva 400 FR-R
8 Mikahil Dovgalyuk 800 FR-R Daria Mullakaeva 400 FR-R
9 Roman Shevlyakov 400 MR Maria Temnikova 400 MR

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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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