Annie Lazor on Ideal Performance: “I’m saving that swim for Tokyo”


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11 (2013)
  • American Record: Rebecca Soni – 2:19.59 (2012)
  • US Open Record: Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:20.38 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Viktoriya Zeynep Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64 (2015)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:20.30
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Lilly King – 2:24.08
  • Wave I Cut: 2:33.29
  • Wave II Cut: 2:30.49
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:25.52
  1. Annie Lazor (MVN), 2:21.07
  2. Lilly King (ISC), 2:21.75
  3. Emily Escobedo (COND), 2:22.64

In undoubtedly the most emotionally-charged finish of the meet, training partners Annie Lazor and Lilly King went 1-2 in the women’s 200 breaststroke to officially punch Lazor’s ticket to Tokyo, with the 26-year-old claiming the win in a time of 2:21.07.

That showing falls just three-tenths shy of Lazor’s best time, set in 2019, and propels her into third in the world this season.

King took it out early, grabbing the lead with a 31.66 opening 50, but Lazor, Emily Escobedo and Bethany Galat stalked her down the second lap, and at the 100 turn, it was a four-way scrap.

Lazor blew by everyone on the third 50, splitting 35.97, and then extended the gap coming home for the victory.

King made a big push on the last length, pulling away from Escobedo and Galat to snag second in 2:21.75 and add a second event to her Tokyo schedule. This is King’s first “loss” in an Olympic Trials final, having gone 3/3 up until this point (I don’t think she minds).

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3 months ago


Last edited 3 months ago by Thannie
3 months ago

What time is tonight’s final

Reply to  Swimfish87
3 months ago

7:15 ct on the heat sheet

3 months ago

2:19 Tokyo I hope

3 months ago

The 200m breaststroke is really anyone’s game. Unfortunately the field hasn’t really progressed that much in the last 15 years. Leisel Jones popped a couple of 2:20s back in 2006 and those times might be good enough to win gold again in Tokyo

3 months ago

I’m not normally all that excited for the 200 breast, but seeing how much her race at trials meant to her made it the highlight of the meet so far for me. Definitely the best celebration we’ve seen at trials so far this year.

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