For the second year of the Russian Pacific Winter Swimming Open Cup, it’s the second year it has been granted to hold the second stage of the IWSA World Cup.
In the heart of Vladivostok, in the “Seven Feet” yacht club, the cold waters of Amur Bay were in heat. Nearly 120 swimmers from 8 countries and 18 Russian regions competed in 10 distances (25m butterfly, 25m breaststroke, 25m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 450m endurance) and 2 relays (4x25m breaststroke and freestyle team relay). Within a total of 13 age groups, the youngest to compete was 8 years old, and the oldest participant competed in age group J1.
The event program was split into 3 days. Day 1 was devoted to 25m butterfly and breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 200m freestyle swims. By the end of the day, it started snowing, which made the event especially “wintery”. Day 2 held 25m, 50m and 100m freestyle swims, and the 200m breaststroke. Day 3 was the day of 100m breaststroke, the 450m endurance swim and 4x25m breaststroke and freestyle relays.
Same as JRC (Jelgavas Roni Cup), this event held the Nations Cup, with Russia placing 1st, Estonia 2nd and USA as 3rd.
Great organization second year in a row, we hope to see this marvelous event in our calendar also next year. The stage to follow Vladivostok is the 3rd Minsk Open which is open for registration, just head on to belgart.by and register today!