2023 U.S. Open: Cody Miller Throws Down 2:09.80 200 Breast for Top Seed, Fastest Since 2019


2016 Olympic medalist Cody Miller threw down one of the best 200 breaststrokes of his career in the prelims of the 2023 US Open. 

Miller threw down a time of 2:09.80 to take the top seed out of prelims, marking the 5th fastest performance of his career and his fastest swim since 2019. His best time stands at a 2:08.98 from the 2019 Pro Swim Series stop in Bloomington. 

Cody Miller’s Top 5 200 Breast Performances: 

    1. 2:08.98, 2019 Pro Series – Bloomington
    2. 2:09.0, 2015 World Cup – Moscow
    3. 2:09.67, 2019 U.S. Open
    4. 2:09.71, 2015 Pro Series – Santa Clara
    5. 2:09.80, 2023 U.S. Open

With his performance, Miller is now the top American in this event for the 2023-2024 season. 

US Men’s 200 Breaststroke Rankings (Since September 1, 2023)

  1. Cody Miller – 2:09.80
  2. Matt Fallon – 2:09.86
  3. Nic Fink – 2:10.55
  4. Jake Foster – 2:10.71
  5. Jordan Willis – 2:12.07

For Miller, this swim marks a milestone in his effort to qualify for his second Olympic Team next summer. After qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Team in the 100 breaststroke and coming away from the Olympics with a bronze medal, Miller’s career hit a slump. Though he qualified for the 2017 World Championships, he was unable to win any medals individually. Since then, Miller has only been on one Team USA roster, representing the nation at the 2019 Pan American Games. 

At 31-years-old, Miller remains in the running to make the Olympic Team. However, he’ll still have many challenges to overcome, including a slew of young swimmers looking to make their impact on the Olympic stage like Matt Fallon and Jake Foster


  • World Record: 2:05.48, Qin Haiyang (2023)
  • American Record: 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:09.67, Cody Miller (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:15.99

Top 8: 

  1. Cody Miller (SAND) – 2:09.80
  2. Matthew Fallon (UPN) – 2:09.86
  3. Will Licon (TXLA) & Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 2:12.39
  4. N/A
  5. Lyubomir Epitropov (TENN) – 2:12.42
  6. Josh Matheny (IU) – 2:12.48
  7. Jassen Yep (IU) – 2:12.83
  8. Denis Petrashov (UOFL) – 2:12.85

Cody Miller took the win in heat 6 with a time of 2:09.80, the fastest he’s swum since 2019. Miller’s personal best was recorded at the 2019 Pro Swim Series in Bloomington, where he hit the wall in a time of 2:08.98.

After breaking the 1-minute barrier in the 100 breaststroke for the first time yesterday, Penn’s Matt Fallon qualified 2nd in the 200 this morning (2:09.86). Last summer in Fukuoka, Fallon won the bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:07.74. He owns a personal best of 2:07.71 from the World Championship Trials a month prior.

Will Licon and Chase Kalisz tied for the 3rd seed heading into tonight’s final, stopping the clock in 2:12.39.


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3 months ago

I have met Cody!! Great guy! Go him!

IU Swammer
3 months ago

2020(1) Olympic trials in the 200 br: first, 2:07.55; second, 2:08.32; and third, 2:08.50. With a 2:09.80 today, Cody is a real threat to make the team. I think the little break he took did him a lot of good.

Reply to  IU Swammer
3 months ago

He is tapered and shaved at this meet.

3 months ago

Update the world record? Lol

3 months ago

This is great news to wake up to. Good on him!

Long Strokes
3 months ago

I think Cody will make the 2024 Olympic Team with Jake Foster!

3 months ago

Congratulations on a great swim

3 months ago

Honestly, love that for him.

3 months ago

IU Miller/Matheny/Yep/Reich combo at trials will be devastating in the 200

Johnson Swim school
Reply to  Yaboi
3 months ago

One thing about cody , he never settle, he backs up from his work ethics.
Coach Ray looze Inspiration to all swimmers want to improve in the pool , out the pool cody is the example.
I would make him team captain for 2024

Reply to  Johnson Swim school
3 months ago

Cody would have to make the team to be captain, which is not happening

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