Dmitri Malinovski Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Dmitri Malinovski Athlete Profile

Dmitri Malinovski

Position: Breaststroke Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 Roster Years: 1996-1999 Hometown: Moscow Hall of Fame: 2014

Dmitri Malinovski took the long route to get to BYU. After being baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Moscow, Russia, and leaving for the United States not expecting to become the first Russian swimmer on a U.S. collegiate team, the former Cougar All-American is the ultimate example of hard work and dedication.

Malinovski was a member of the Russian Junior National Swim Team and was selected to train with top Russian Olympic athletes. Shortly after coming to the United States, Malinovski received a scholarship to swim at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was outstanding in the pool, earning two All-America citations as a freshman and setting new school records in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke.

After a stellar freshman season, and a lot of time improving his English, Malinovski transferred to BYU for the 1996-97 season where his hard work continued to pay off. His junior season saw him win the team’s Most Improved Swimmer award while placing second in the 100 and 200 breast at the WAC championships. At the 1998 NCAA Championships, he finished 10th in the 100 and 11th in the 200 and earned two more All-America honors.

During his senior year in 1999, Malinovski was at his best, setting a new BYU record in the 100 breast (53.15) — a record that still stands today. He would go on to place seventh at the NCAA championships and earn first-team All-America honors while garnering another All-America award in the 200 breaststroke. He received BYU’s Most Valuable Swimmer award, along with the Ed Stein Award, which is presented annually to the outstanding senior athlete at BYU who displayed great desire, performance and scholarship.

Malinovski graduated from BYU in 2000 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and business administration, respectively. He started his business career with Deloitte in Washington, D.C., advanced it at PWC and has gone on to work for the Chicago Advisory Group as a principal consultant. Malinovski believes in constant learning and now continues his education at Harvard Business School.


  • 1998 CSCAA First Team 100-meter breast
  • 1998 CSCAA First Team 200-meter breast
  • 1999 CSCAA First Team 100-meter breast
  • 1999 CSCAA First Team 200-meter breast


Graduated from BYU in 2000 with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration ... during his years at BYU earned additional four All-American titles (for the total of six) and was honored as the Most Valuable and the Most Improved swimmer of the year ... in 1999 received Ed Stein Award presented annually to the most outstanding senior athlete who has displayed great desire, performance, and scholarship ... holder of the BYU 100 breast record ... parents are Aleksey and Svetlana.

Before BYU

High School - Attended Moscow School 1414.

Prior to his collegiate career, was a member of the Russian Junior National Team ... selected as talented young swimmer, Dmitri trained with top Russian athletes at Olympic bases in the former Soviet Union until 1991 ... in 1995 Dmitri accepted swimming scholarship at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where he set new records in 100 and 200 breast, placed second at NCAA Championship and earned two All-American titles ... after spending his freshmen year in Alaska, Dmitri accepted swimming scholarship and transferred to BYU as a sophomore in 1996.

1996-1997 | Sophomore Year

Recorded second-best BYU times in the 100 and 200 breast, including a 55.63 in the 100 at the WAC Championships.

1997-1998 | Junior Year

Recorded time of 54.67 in the 100 breast and 1:58.65 in the 200 breast, both BYU second-fastest times ... runner-up in the 100 and 200 breast at WAC Championships ... placed 10th in the 100 breast and 11th in the 200 breast at NCAA Championships, earning two All-American titles. Received the Most Improved swimmer award.

1998-1999 | Senior Year


Recorded time of 53.15 in the 100 breast setting the new BYU record. Placed 7th in the 100 breast at NCAA Championships, earning first team All-American title. Earned All-American title in 200 breast.  Received  Ed Stein Award presented annually to the outstanding senior athlete who has displayed great desire, performance, and scholarship. Received Most Valuable swimmer award.