Vladimir Pyshnenko

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Vladimir Pyshnenko
Personal information
Full name Владимир Васильевич Пышненко
Nationality  Russia
Born (1970-03-25) March 25, 1970 (age 46)
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club CSKA, Rostov-on-Don

Vladimir Vasilevich Pyshnenko (Russian: Владимир Васильевич Пышненко; born March 25, 1970) is a Russian former freestyle swimmer who won one gold medal and two silver medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona and one silver medal 1996 Summer Olympics at Atlanta. He also won two silver medals at the 1994 World Aquatics Championships in Rome and one gold medal at the European LC Championships 1991.

Coaching career[edit]

Since arriving in the U.S., Pyshnenko has coached at COHO Swim Club, Glenbrook Aquatics (formerly Northbrook Spartan Swim Club) in Northbrook, IL, Deerfield High School in Deerfield, IL, and at CATS Aquatic Team. He is currently the Head Senior Coach for the CATS Aquatic Team in Libertyville, IL.[1]

US Masters Swimming[edit]

After a successful professional swimming career, Vlad Pyshnenko continues to swim through the United States Masters Swimming program. Currently, Pyshnenko holds 3 World records and a couple of American records in masters program: For men 35-39 he holds the 100 yards freestyle American record of 44.24 seconds short course yards (SCY), and the 200 meters freestyle World Record of 1:52.84 long course meters (LCM). For men 40-44 he holds the 100 meters freestyle World record of 51.72 seconds (LCM), and the 200 meter freestyle World record of 1:53.65 (LCM).[2]


Pyshnenko is married to Nataliya Meshcheryakova, who won bronze in the medley relay at the 1992 Olympics.[3] He also has one daughter, Daria Pyshnenko (b. 1999).[4][5] Currently, Pyshnenko resides in Lake Bluff Illinois.


  1. ^ CATS Aquatic Team." CATS Aqautic Team. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.
  2. ^ Vlad Pyshnenko - USMS Swimmer." U.S. Masters Swimming. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2013.
  3. ^ Nataliya Meshcheryakova - Profile Sports Reference. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.
  4. ^ "Club Swimming: Young Pyshnenko is a CATS swimmer to watch" Sun-Times. N.p., 13 Mar. 2012. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.
  5. ^ Daria Pyshnenko - Profile College Swimming. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.

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