Anastasia gorbenko Claiming to be “Israel’s best swimmer of all time” is becoming harder and harder to challenge with a new swimming record seemingly at every competition she races.
The most recent came in her ISL season opener on Saturday when she swam 2: 20.11 in the 200-meter breaststroke. This broke the old record of 2: 21.67 set by Amit Ivri at the 2014 Israeli Championships.
Ivri was best known as a butterfly during her competitive career, which ended at the 2018 European Championships, and still holds national short course records in the 50 and 100 meter short and long course butterfly races.
Gorbenko, 18, now holds Israeli national records in 16 different events. This is almost half of the 35 official events for which records are kept. She has broken some of these records more than once.
Gorbenko’s previous fastest time in the race was a time of 2: 22.70 from August 2020. It was also Israel’s junior record.
A versatile swimmer, she holds records in every stroke except the butterfly races. This versatility shines in the IM events, where she was the 2018 Youth Olympic Games champion and the 2020 European 200 IM champion.
At last summer’s Olympics, Gorbenko competed in 5 individual events and 1 relay. Her best result was in the 100m backstroke, where she qualified for the final and finished 8th. This made her the first Israeli to qualify for an Olympic swimming final.
She also reached the 200 IM semi-final at the Olympics, placing 10th.
Gorbenko’s record-breaking swim at ISL on Saturday was good for 4th place in the 8-swimmer group, finishing behind Lilly King’s 2: 17.86, Emily Escobedo’s 2: 18.63 and 2:19 , 43 by Abbie Wood. She has 1 career ISL victory in an individual event. This happened to the 200 IM in the Season 2 semi-finals.
The LA Current is currently in 2nd place after the first day of Match # 2 with 238 points. That leaves them 93 points behind Cali Condors and 48.5 points ahead of Tokyo Frog Kings – a comfortable margin in either direction.