Originally reported by Robert Gibbs.
2016 U.S. WINTER NATIONALS
- Live Results
- Wed. Nov 30 – Sat. Dec 3, 2016
- Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, GA
- 25 yard course
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
- Breeja Larson, NYAC, 2:06.42
- Miranda Tucker, Club Wolverine, 2:07.44
- Nikol Popov, Canyons Aquatic Club, 2:09.33
A day after getting upset by Melanie Margalis in the 100 breast, Breeja Larson picked up a national championship of her own by winning the longer event in 2:06. Larson looked very smooth as she went out in just over a minute, and then seemed to be struggling a bit in the last 12 yards as Miranda Tucker looked to be gaining some ground. But, Larson held on over the final few strokes, and Tucker ended up finishing over a second behind, in 2:07.44. 3rd place went to Nikol Popov in 2:09.33
After winning a national championship this weekend, Breeja reflected on her new training environment and what her life has consisted of since the 2016 Olympic Trials, where she placed 4th in the 100 Breast. When asked about those trials, she reflected on how much her teammates had picked her up, and vice versa, during the course of the emotional meet. She finished by emphasizing how worthwhile and uplifting it was to have such committed athletes and wonderful people as training partners for the majority of her career.