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Auburn Inks Russian Olympian Elizaveta Klevanovich for Spring Semester

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The Auburn College ladies’s swim and dive program has signed 22-year-old Russian Olympian Elizaveta Klevanovich for the spring semester, giving the Tigers an enormous reinforcement come championship season.

Klevanovich positioned 2nd within the 100-meter freestyle on the 2022 Russian Nationwide Championships with a personal-best 54.43 that may have made the semifinals on the 2023 World Championships. Russian and Belarusian swimmers had been excluded from the final two World Championships because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, however all indicators level to them having the prospect to compete on the Paris 2024 Olympics as impartial athletes.

Finest Occasions (LCM)

  • 50 free – 25.15 (from 2020)
  • 100 free – 54.43 (from 2022)

Transformed to SCY

  • 50 free – 22.02
  • 100 free – 47.50

Klevanovich’s finest long-course meter (LCM) occasions transformed to short-course yards (SCY) would have made the A-final in each the 50 free and 100 free on the 2023 SEC Championships. The Tiger ladies have positioned seventh at SECs in every of their first two seasons underneath head coach Ryan Wochomurka.

At this yr’s Russian Nationwide Championships in April, Klevanovich positioned third within the 50-meter freestyle (25.25) and fifth within the 100 free (54.89), not far off her finest occasions in each occasions. She final competed internationally on the 2021 World Cup Sequence. On the Tokyo Olympics two summers in the past, she swam for Russian ladies’s 4×100 free relay group that positioned eleventh in prelims.

Again in 2019, Klevanovich captured a gold medal on the European Brief Course Championships as a member of Russia’s combined 4×50 free relay group. The yr prior, on the 2018 European Junior Championships, she introduced dwelling three relay gold medals (ladies’s 4×100 free, combined 4×100 free, and combined 4×100 medley) together with a pair of particular person silvers (50 free and 100 free).

A local of Tyumen, Russia, Klevanovich would be the third Russian on the Auburn ladies’s roster subsequent season together with Anastasia Makarova (from Pushkino, Russia) and Polina Nevmovenko (from Saint Petersburg, Russia). Nevmovenko was the Tiger ladies’s prime finisher within the 100 free at SECs final season (tenth place, 48.55) whereas Lexie Mulvihill was their prime finisher within the 50 free at SECs final season (eleventh place – 22.31).

The Auburn ladies scored within the 800 free relay on the 2023 NCAA Championships with a Sixteenth-place exhibiting, however they only barely missed scoring within the 400 free relay with an 18th-place end. Though it will likely be her first season swimming SCY, Klevanovich’s arrival subsequent semester could possibly be the increase the Tigers have to recover from the NCAA scoring hump within the shorter freestyle relays.

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