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.
Last week, Ulyett had one of the most significant time drops we’ve seen in recent memory at the national level, dropping five seconds over the course of one meet to break the British national record in the 200 breaststroke. Her 2:22.08 now ranks #2 in the entire world for the season:
Ulyett’s progression is absurd. Last spring, she was just 2:28 in this event, not even creating a ripple on the world’s stage. She dropped a second last month, another two seconds in prelims of British Nationals and then three more seconds in the final. And that type of progression means Ulyett might not be done dropping time even now.
Jocelyn Ulyett‘s 200 Breaststroke Progression
Ulyett is now the 15th-fastest swimmer of all-time in the event, and her swim would have earned her bronze at last year’s Olympics in Rio. She’ll look forward to Budapest, where she is perhaps the top threat to dethrone world leader Yulia Efimova of Russia at the 2017 World Championships.
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