2018 Russian Swimming Championships
In spite of saying pre-meet that he would focus on just the 50 and 100 frees, Vlad Morozov got his first win of the 2018 Russian Championships in the 50 meter backstroke. He touched 1st in 24.35, beating out 17-year old Kliment Kolesnikov, who was 2nd in 24.46.
That’s a new Russian Record for Morozov, and each of the top two were faster than the old record of 24.52 done by Morozov in 2014. The swims also give Russia the top 2 times in the world so far in the 2017-2018 season. Kilesnikov’s time is a new Russian Junior Record.
In one of the most loaded races of the meet, the top 4 finishers were all under the qualifying time for the European Championships, with Morozov and Kolesnikov sealing up their first qualifications for the meet. Sergey Fesikov took 3rd in 24.79, and Grigory Tarasevich, who represented Russia at Worlds last year in this event, was just 5th in 24.86.
That was one of two Russian Records broken on the day. Oleg Kostin cracked the national record in the 50 fly previously held by Evgeny Korotyshkin. Kostin swam a 23.14, with Korotyshkin’s old mark standing a tenth slower at 23.24. Nikita Korolev took 2nd in 23.42, followed by a tie for 3rd between Alexander Sadovnikov and Andrey Minakov in 23.59. The qualifying standard for Euros was a 23.48 – which means that only Kostin did enough to earn an automatic invite in the event. Korolev swam on Russia’s 400 free relay at Worlds last year (men’s and mixed), so if he qualifies for that race again, he should be given an opportunity to fill one of the 4 allowed spots in this race for Russia.
Other Finals Results
- Alexander Krasnykh won the men’s 400 free in 3:45.84, followed by Vyacheslav Andrusenko in 3:47.25. Both swimmers qualify for Euros with those results. For Krasnykh, that misses his best time, done at Worlds last year, by .05 seconds. Andrusenko’s time was a personal best by a hair-short of 2 seconds.
- Irina Krivogonova won the women’s 4oo IM in 4:47.46, taking a narrow half-a-second win over her training partner Sophia Chichaykina (4:47.99). Neither swimmer was under the time standard for Euros.
- Anna Egorovoa won the timed-final women’s 800 free by almost 10 seconds, touching in 8:30.66. That won’t earn her a spot at Worlds, but it is a 6-second drop for the 19-year old Kaliningrad swimmer.
- St. Petersburg won the women’s 400 free relay in 3:42.48, with Veronika Andrusenko spiltting 53.88 on a rolling start to lead the way.
- Moscow won the men’s relay in 3:14.48, with all 4 of their legs splitting sub-49. That included a 48.76 anchor from Morozov and Andrey Zhilkin splitting a field-best 48.36 on the 2nd leg.
Finals Results By Event (in Russian)
- Women’s 400 IM
- Men’s 400 free
- Men’s 50 back
- Men’s 50 fly
- Women’s 400 free relay
- Men’s 400 free relay