Liz Pelton Crushes U.S. Open Record in 200 Backstroke

  6 Braden Keith | March 23rd, 2013 | 2013 Women's NCAA Championships, College, Featured, News

pinit fg en rect gray 28 Liz Pelton Crushes U.S. Open Record in 200 Backstroke

The Cal freshman class has been the star of this meet, and after her teammate Rachel Bootsma was the second-best 100 back in history on Friday, Liz Pelton crushed the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Records in the 200 backstrokes on Friday night.

Her final time of 1:47.84 broke the old NCAA/U.S. Open Record set by Florida’s Gemma Spofforth in 2009 at NCAA’s with a 1:48.34; Spofforth is British by birth, so Pelton held the old American Record from this year’s Pac-12 Championships with a 1:48.39.

The comparative splits show that Pelton went out much faster than Spofforth did in her record-breaking swim at the 2009 SEC Championships. Whereas Spofforth actually negative-split her race, by a lot, Pelton went out very hard in 53.05. Spofforth’s impressive back-half was probably, in small part at least, a function of the suit that she was wearing. The polyurethane suits allowed swimmers to stay down for a long time at the end of their races.

Spofforth ’0926.2228.3926.7126.921:48.34
Pelton ’1325.9327.1227.4127.381:48.39

Comments

  1. Philip Johnson says:
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    what an amazing swim! congrats to Pelton! Hopefully Pelton can translate this success to long course this summer & give Franklin a run for her money.

  2. completelyconquered says:
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    Another suit record bites the dust.

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