2018 W. NCAAs: Baker Goes 1:47.30 200 Back to Break Oldest American Record

2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Elizabeth Pelton’s 1:47.84 in the 200 back was the oldest NCAA, American, and U.S. Open record remaining before Cal’s Kathleen Baker took it down Saturday night.

Baker went 1.47.30, joining Missy Franklin (1:47.91) and Pelton as the only women ever under 1:48. She split 25.17/27.14/27.16/27.83, pulling well over a body length ahead of Kentucky’s 2nd-place finisher Asia Seidt.

Seidt split 25.90/27.78/27.88/27.68 for a final time of 1:49.24, becoming the #6 performer of all-time. Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson, the #7 performer of all-time, took 3rd in 1:49.27 (25.56/27.64/27.93/28.14).

Check out how Baker’s splits compare to the other women who have been under 1:48:

SWIMMER 1ST 50 SPLIT 2ND 50 SPLIT 3RD 50 SPLIT 4TH 50 SPLIT FINAL TIME
Kathleen Baker (2018 NCAAs)
 25.17  27.14  27.16  27.83 1:47.30
Elizabeth Pelton (2013 NCAAs) 25.93 27.12 27.41 27.38 1:47.84
Missy Franklin (2015 NCAAs) 26.26 27.47 27.13 27.05 1:47.91

Top 10 Performers All-time: Women’s 200 Back

Place Swimmer Time
1 Kathleen Baker 1:47.30
2 Elizabeth Pelton 1:47.84
3 Missy Franklin 1:47.91
4 Gemma Spofforth 1:48.34
5 Alexia Zevnik 1:49.09
6 Asia Seidt 1:49.24
7 Beata Nelson 1:49.27
8 Courtney Bartholomew 1:49.35
9 Janet Hu 1:49.36
10 Natalie Coughlin 1:49.52

Top 10 Performances All-Time: Women’s 200 back

Place Swimmer Time
1 Kathleen Baker 1:47.30
2 Elizabeth Pelton 1:47.84
3 Missy Franklin 1:47.91
4 Kathleen Baker 1:48.27
5 Kathleen Baker 1:48.33
6 Gemma Spofforth 1:48.34
7 Elizabeth Pelton 1:48.39
8 Missy Franklin 1:48.42
9 Kathleen Baker 1:48.44
10 Elizabeth Pelton 1:48.90

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Gator

Congratulations on an amazing swim!!!

Gator

Swim of the meet!

Hswimmer

Nah that was Eastins 400 IM

Swimmerj

Savage. She was heated after last night.

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