Former Canadian national teamer Kristina Steins continued to tear up the record books on the third and final day of Latvian Nationals, completing a sweep of the backstroke events and breaking yet another national record. She’s broken 3 on the week, and broke each mark in both prelims and finals.
Steins has previously competed for Canada internationally, but now she has switched her nationality.
After winning the 100 and 200 backs earlier in the meet, Steins took the 50 back title while dropping the national record below 30 seconds for the first time in history.
Steins went 29.74, taking the win over Estonia’s Sigrid Sepp. Latvia’s Arina Baikova was also under the old record, going 29.98 to become the second Latvian national under 30 seconds in the race.
One of the other major highlights of the meet has been breaststroke showdown between Latvia’s Nicholas Maskalenko and Sweden’s Johannes Skagius, and that battle ended with a 50-meter race as well.
After the two tied for the win in the 100, the Latvian national record-holder Maskalenko topped Skagius in the 50, going 28.14 to the Swede’s 28.45. Skagius is a European Junior record-holder for Sweden, and a rising star in international swimming.