Video interview captured by swimswam reporter Colin Blair.
Women’s 100 Freestyle – FINAL – as reported by Braden Keith, swimswam editor-in-chief.
Back into finals events, there were a ton of great stories coming out of this women’s 100 free final.
The title went to Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey in 54.47, which broke the Meet Record set by American Lia Neal in 2011 at 54.90. That also re-broke the Hong Kong National Age Group Record for 15-17′s that she set in prelims, and came within a tenth of former NCAA standout Hannah Wilson’s overall National Record.
Also closing in on the old Meet Record, though, was Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, who was swimming her third race in under an hour. She put up a 54.94 to again break her own Lithuanian National Record (for any age), at only 16. She played this session perfectly, exerting just as much energy as she needed to make finals in her first two events, and then place as high as she could in this 100 free final.
Australia’s Shayna Jack had her best swim of the meet so far with a 55.23 for 3rd, followed by American Cierra Runge in 55.31. Mariia Baklakova from Russia was 5th in 55.48, and her teammate Rozaliya Nasretdinova (also on a double) came in 8th in 56.27 despite a very good swim in Tuesday’s semifinals.
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