Women’s 200 IM – 2013 World Championship Trials – as reported by swimswam:
If you get to the breastsroke leg of a 200 IM, and you are looking at Caitlin Leverenz’s feet, it’s time to start scheming for second place. Leverenz had a full second lead on everybody, including Elizabeth Beisel, who final’ed in both the 200 fly and the 200 back, at the halfway mark, and built that lead by another second on the breaststroke leg before cruising home to a 2:10.13 victory.
Despite a meet that she said wasn’t what she’s hoped for, that’s the 4th-best time in the world this year and a great finish for her. It’s her first qualification for Barcelona, allowing her to avoid the trap that caught a few other Olympians this year.
Beisel and Georgia’s Melanie Margalis came down to the wire, but it was Beisel who held on for 2nd in 2:12.11, which locks up a second individual swim for her in Barcelona. Margalis was 3rd in 2:12.34, and Celina Li was 4th in 2:12.73.
After DQ’ing the 400 IM, and having a conservative start in prelims, Li finally started going after the block again and got out very well. The result was a best time by half-a-second as she heads into her freshman season at Cal.
Jana Mangimelli almost left a very interesting storyline. She was sitting in 2nd place until about the last 25 meters of the race, which would’ve been notable given that she and the Georgia NCAA program parted ways (on who’s terms, nobody has commented on the record) mid-season this year. She ultimately was 5th in 2:12.75, which is a best time for her as well.
T2′s Justine Mueller was 6th in 2:14.03, followed by Jasmine Tosky in 2:15.00 and Shannon Vreeland in 2:15.68.
Video edit by Coleman Hodges.