Despite battling off some sort of stomach bug that left her reeling on Friday, Cal freshman Liz Pelton fought back on Saturday to break her own American Record in the 200 yard backstroke with a 1:48.39. That bested her own 1:48.90 from the Georgia Invitational in early December of this year.
Pelton still looks up at, though at this point it’s nearly eye-level, British swimmer Gemma Spofforth. Her 1:48.34 from the 2009 SEC Championships while competing for Florida is still the NCAA and U.S. Open Record. Pelton does now have 5 of the best 7 times in history, however.
Pelton ’12: 26.08 – 27.44 – 27.98 – 27.40 – 1:48.90
Pelton ’13: 25.97 – 27.31 – 27.43 – 27.68 – 1:48.39
You can see that most of the difference came on the first 150 yards, with Pelton pushing the pace much moreso than she did midseason. One would have to imagine that Spofforth’s mark, given how fast Pelton was under the circumstances, will go down at NCAA’s. Either by her alone or her and maybe someone like Elizabeth Beisel as well.