arena Swim of the Week: Letitia Sim Shatters 11-Day-Old Singaporean Record In 200 Breast

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Letitia Sim was one of a few different swimmers who carried their taper over from the Asian Games into the opening stop of the World Cup in Berlin incredibly well, resetting her newly-minted National Record in the women’s 200 breaststroke.

Sim, 20, set a new Singaporean Record in the event at the 2023 World Championships in July, clocking 2:27.73 to knock off her month-old mark of 2:27.91 set at the Singaporean Championships.

At the Asian Games in late September, Sim put up a time of 2:26.43 in the final, falling just two one-hundredths shy of the bronze medal while knocking off another big chunk from her lifetime best and National Record time.

In Berlin, the University of Michigan athlete leveled up once again, this time in a big way, as she dropped more than two seconds off her previous mark set just 11 days prior in 2:24.15, placing 3rd behind Tes Schouten and Jenna Strauch.

The big difference for Sim was the middle 100, where she split 1:13.20 after going 1:14.79 between the 50 and 150-meter marks less than two weeks ago in Hangzhou.

Split Comparison

Sim, 2023 Asian Games Sim, 2023 World Cup – Berlin
32.95 32.86
1:10.19 (37.24) 1:09.33 (36.47)
1:47.74 (37.55) 1:46.06 (36.73)
2:26.43 (38.69) 2:24.15 (38.09)

Entering 2023, the Singaporean Record stood at 2:28.71 from Christie Chue in 2019, and Sim has now lowered it five times in the last five months.

Sim also set a new National Record of 1:07.13 in the 100 breast at the Asian Games, and established Singaporean marks of 31.16 in the 50 breast and 2:14.49 in the 200 IM earlier this year.

She is scheduled to race the 100 breast on Saturday and the 200 IM on Sunday.

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4 months ago

Shocking. Unbelievable.

4 months ago

That’s an insane time drop whoa

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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