Vekovishchev Clocks 23.64 50 Fly On Final Day Of Russian Zonal Meet


Mikhail Vekovishchev picked up his second win of the Russian Federal District Zonal meet on the third and final day, putting up a time of 23.64 in the men’s 50 fly. That came just .02 off of his personal best time set last July, and also puts him into a tie for 16th in the world in 2018-19.

Sergey Fesikov was the runner-up in a time of 23.86, and he also had a win in the men’s 100 back (55.49).

Maria Kameneva, who had a standout 54.14 100 free on day one and a 27.99 50 back on day two, made it three-for-three as she won the women’s 100 back in a time of 1:00.36. Also snagging a third win of the meet was Kirill Prigoda, who completed the men’s breaststroke sweep in the 100 in a time of 1:01.00.

Maria Temnikova and Nika Godun went 1-2 for the second straight day in the women’s breast events, with Temnikova winning the 100 in a time of 1:08.59 over Godun’s 1:10.11. Temnikova won the 200 on day two, while Godun topped her in the 50 breast on day one.


  • Andrey Arbuzov won the men’s 50 free in 22.66, a quarter of a second over his PB, while Vladislav Grinev took second in 22.80. Daria S. Ustinova won the women’s event in 25.37.
  • Andrey Zhilkin finished the men’s medley sweep in the 200 in a time of 2:02.48, topping Vekovishchev (2:04.30), while Svetlana Chimrova took the women’s race in 2:18.23.
  • Aleksandr Stepanov broke four minutes for the first time to win the men’s 400 free (3:59.34), and Elena Pyatiguzova won the women’s in 4:33.07.
  • Elizaveta Ryndych claimed the women’s 50 fly in a personal best of 27.29.

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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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