Kathleen Baker: “First time in a hot second that my freestyle leg was faster than my backstroke” (Video)


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
  • U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.39
  1. Kathleen Baker, TE, 2:10.30
  2. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 2:11.22
  3. Beata Nelson, WA, 2:15.21

Kathleen Baker made her move on the backstroke leg of the women’s 200 IM, giving her over a second buffer on Madisyn Cox that she was able to maintain the rest of the way. Looking at the splits, the two were very close on all the other strokes, but Baker’s 32.49 back leg made all the difference.

The 23-year-old Baker finished in a time of 2:10.30, moving past Cox to become the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year, with only Australian Kaylee McKeown (2:08.23) ahead of her. It’s also Baker’s third-fastest performance ever, having been 2:08.32 in the summer of 2018 and 2:08.75 in February of last year.

Cox had a strong swim to finish in 2:11.22, less than a second off her 2:10.49 from the U.S. Open.

In a close race for third, Beata Nelson‘s front-half was just a little bit better than Evie Pfeifer‘s back-half, as Nelson edged her out by a tenth in 2:15.21, her second-fastest swim ever.

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6 months ago

Is she going to quarantine when she gets back to California? As far as I know that’s the law here right now when you leave

Justin Thompson's
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6 months ago

What difference does it make? Are you going to turn her in if she doesn’t?

50M Pools Rule
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6 months ago


Corn Pop
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6 months ago

They are hardly going to drag her out of the Jewish Community Centre . I’d say she’s safe provided it’s just home- car – pool & return .

I am keenly following the IM mini battle between K& K .

Last edited 6 months ago by Corn Pop
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6 months ago

Marsh has always been above any rules. Pretty certain they don’t apply to him or to Team International ‘Elite’

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6 months ago

She’s going to quarantine at the pool. Is that ok with you?

Just sayin
6 months ago

Her right arm tho on that freestyle…..eeks

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