Video interview is courtesy of Kelsey Floyd. Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.
2013 US Winter National Championships – Women’s 200 Backstroke – as reported by SwimSwam / Jared Anderson
The much-hyped showdown between Liz Pelton and Missy Franklin in the 200 backstroke never really materialized. Liz Pelton didn’t let it. Pelton swam away from the field, Franklin included, early on, buiding a huge lead at the 100 that no one could put a dent in. The American record-holder went 1:49.59, just missing the meet record, which belongs to her teammate Franklin. For her part, Franklin held off charges from a tough field to take second place, going 1:51.54. Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass took third, going 1:52.68 to just beat out Cal’s Melanie Klaren, who was charging through the field in the final 50 with her eye on a 1-2-3 finish for Cal. Klaren went 1:52.84 for fourth place, followed by two more Cal Bears - Stephanie Au and Sophia Batchelor. Indiana’s Cynthia Pammett took seventh and high-schooler and NCAP star Janet Hu was eighth after winning a swim-off this morning just to make the A final.
Cal’s Cindy Tran won the B heat, cutting a second and a half off her prelims time. Wisconsin high-schooler Beata Nelson also dropped a second and a half from prelims to win the C final.