Caitlin Leverenz Re-Breaks Own 200 IM Pan Am Record

This morning, Caitlin Leverenz (USA) battled with Canadian youngster Sydney Pickrem for the top seed in the 200 IM, ultimately edging her 2:11.04 to 2:11.16 for that honor. In the final, Leverenz looked powerful for the entire race and came away with the win at 2:10.51, which brings her prelims record of 2:11.04 down under 2:11.

Leverenz’ comparative splits:

Prelims: 28.45/33.93/37.45/31.21 = 2:11.04

Finals: 28.14/33.05/37.31/32.01 = 2:10.51

She was slightly better in finals on the fly and the breast legs of her race, but the real difference maker for Leverenz was the backstroke leg. Noticeably, Pickrem went into the 100 mark dead even with Leverenz thanks to a strong backstroke leg, but in finals, Leverenz only gave up .11 to the Canadian and powered away on the breast leg. Had she finished as strong as she did this morning, Leverenz would have dipped below 2:10.

This ties Leverenz’ 9th best time ever, and it slides her up from #7 in the world this year to #5, just behind fellow American Melanie Margalis.

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Winning silver by a fingernail was American teenager Meghan Small in 2:11.26 over Pickrem’s 2:11.29; Small led by .14 at halfway, then by just .02 at the 150 mark, and out-split Pickrem by .02 on the freestyle to claim silver and a new best time by nearly eight tenths. Pickrem settled for bronze, her 2nd medal of the meet after winning silver in the 400 IM behind Leverenz.

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Fanswim
7 years ago

Meghan SMALL WJR in 200IM

Reply to  Fanswim
7 years ago

The current Jr World Record is 2:10.22. It was a good swim, but she didn’t get it.

http://swimswam.com/records/womens-junior-world-records-lcm/

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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