Disclaimer: Blueseventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The blueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
Northern Iowa sophomore Katie Taylor had a banner weekend at the Kansas Classic, setting a whopping six school records.
Individually, Taylor was unstoppable, winning all three of her entries for UNI. Her 1:59.58 won the 200 IM by more than three seconds, and marked the first swim in Panther history under two minutes. Taylor also won the 400 IM (4:16.02) and 200 back (1:56.37), breaking her own school records in both races. The 400 IM was a dominating five-second win, while the backstroke was a tight race, with Taylor holding off a hard-charging Elizabeth Amato-Hammer of Kansas.
If those individual wins weren’t enough, Taylor set individual school record #4 while leading off the 400 medley relay. Her 54.24 sliced under her own school record, and the swim was a two-for, as the Panther relay went 3:41.48 to cut almost a full second from the existing school record.
The final school record came in the 200 medley relay, where Taylor led off in 25.62 and the team went 1:41.02, a tenth under the school record.
Taylor very nearly made it 7 records, leading off the 800 free relay in 1:49.95. The school record is currently 1:49.71, and Taylor’s leadoff time came on day 2 of the meet, a day in which she’d already swum two 400 IMs and a 200 medley relay.
Full meet results here
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