Annie Lazor Becomes 9th-Best 200m Breaststroker in History in Bloomington


Breaststroker Annie Lazor has been on-fire over the last 12 months, and that came to a head on Sunday evening when she not only beat her training partner Lilly King at the Pro Swim Series stop in Bloomington, but also beat her best time to become the #2 American in the history of the 200 breaststroke.

Lazor swam a 2:20.77, which makes her the 9th-fastest performer in history, globally. It cuts over 2 seconds from her previous best time of 2:22.99 that was done in March at the Pro Swim Series in Des Moines. We do know that Lazor was tapered for the meet, but this swim is a world leader by almost 2 seconds, and is transcendent of context. Lazor won’t swim at the World Championships, but instead is on the United States’ Pan American Games roster (that was selected last summer).

Lazor’s Splits:

50 100 150 200 Final Time
Des Moines Previous Personal Best 33.14 36.78 36.06 37.01 2:22.99
Bloomington New Personal Best 33.08 35.79 36.03 35.87 2:20.77

The 2nd and 4th 50s of Lazor’s swim were the difference makers – she basically held the same speed after the 50, rather than see-sawing between 36s and 37s.

All-Time Top 10, Globally, Women’s 200 Breaststroke

  1. Rikke Moeller Pedersen, Denmark – 2:19.11
  2. Yulia Efimova, Russia – 2:19.41
  3. Rebecca Soni, USA – 2:19.59
  4. Viktoria Zeynep Gunes, Turkey – 2:19.64
  5. Rie Kaneto, Japan – 2:19.65
  6. Annamay Pierse, Canada – 2:20.12
  7. Leisel Jones, Australia – 2:20.54
  8. Satomi Suzuki, Japan – 2:20.72
  9. Annie Lazor, USA – 2:20.77
  10. Kanako Watanabe, Japan – 2:20.90

The next-best Americans of all-time are Micah Sumrall (2:21.74), Bethany Galat (2:21.77), and the aforementioned King (2:21.83). Emily Escobedo took 2nd on Sunday in 2:24.51, while King was 3rd in 2:24.60.

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Awsi Dooger
5 years ago

Just a darn shame Lilly wasn’t in the adjacent lane. I wanted to see that awkward reaction to 2:20

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
5 years ago

Perhaps she immediately went to train more if it was possible.

5 years ago

She. Is. A. BEAST

5 years ago

Annie Lazor: hey USA Swimming can I swim the 2 breast at worlds

USA Swimming:

5 years ago

USA Swimming needs to figure this out, their selection process is a joke. This is just one instance, but such a shame she won’t have a chance to compete at worlds. Anyone hear from Dwyer? He could swim well…..but also could drop a poo in the pool. I think one is more likely than the other, but good for him, I’m sure his vacation is super nice.

Reply to  tttbek
5 years ago

Exactly! Some are free riders of the system.

Reply to  bula
5 years ago

he’s doing what he works for him. taking vacations with his model gf’s, it has worked for him in the past

Reply to  Swimming4silver
5 years ago

Not to this extent…..but hey again, I said he could swim well.just really really doesn’t seem like he will. The optics are not in his favor-no one can argue with that.

Reply to  tttbek
5 years ago

I think Dwyer gave up his spot

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

Probably gave up on the sport too. Speedo isn’t sponsoring him either.

Reply to  tttbek
5 years ago

I know right. It totally blew up at the 2016 & 2012 Olympics. USA must be the most clueless swimming country ever….?

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