DiRado breaks down surprise best time in January (Interview)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Jared Anderson. 

After scratching out of the 400 IM, Stanford pro Maya DiRado found some outside smoke to win the 200 back. Swimming from lane 7, DiRado went 2:08.19 to pull off a big win against Pro Swim Series champ Katinka Hosszu and reigning Olympic champ Missy Franklin.

Hosszu and Franklin dueled in the middle of the pool with Hosszu taking silver in 2:08.63. Franklin was 2:09.31.

Cal freshman Kathleen Baker nearly nipped Franklin as well, but struggled a little down the stretch to go 2:09.36 for fourth. Canada’s Dominique Bouchard was 2:09.70 for fifth, the last swimmer under 2:10.

Multi-time Zimbabwean Olympian Kirsty Coventry was 2:10.05 for sixth, beating hometown hero Quinn Carrozza of Longhorn Aquatics (2:12.79) and Canadian and former NCAA champ Brooklynn Snodgrass (2:13.35).

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5 years ago

I was wondering if a transcript of the interview could also be included with the video.

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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