Record-filled weekend for Latvian women's swim team

The Latvian national swim team broke three national records and won 25 medals (10 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze), but placed 2nd behind Estonia at the Baltic States Swimming Championship in Rīga on March 7-8, according to the Swimming Federation of Latvia (LPF) on March 9.

For the women Ieva Maļuka set a new national record for the 400 meter medley first in the preliminaries, then once again in the final with a time of 4:54.99 minutes, which beat previous record-holder Kristīnes Sviķe's 1984 time by several seconds. Maļuka also beat her own record for the 200 meter medley with a time of 2:17.58 minutes, and placed first in both events. The final record was set in the final event by the women's 4x100 meter medley relay team when Arina Baikova, Arina Sisojeva, Maļuka and Zane Embrekte finished in first place with a time of 4:14.09 minutes.

On the men's side, Ģirts Feldbergs placed first in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 56.59 seconds and second in the 200 meter backstroke with a time of 2:04.33 minutes. In addition, Zane Embrekte won the 100 meter freestyle (58.76 seconds) and Arina Baikova won the 400 meter freestyle (4:20.68 minutes) for the women.

The competition was officially part of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) calendar, which meant participating athletes had the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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