Do-It-All Emily Seebohm Clinches 200 IM Australian National Record


As if Australian stalwart Emily Seebohm hasn’t made enough of a mark on her nation’s swimming history, the 25-year-old Olympic medalist cruised to a new record in the women’s 200m IM on day 1 of the FINA World Cup Singapore.

Finishing in 2nd place behind Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu of Hungary (2:04.37), Seebohm charged to the wall in a new personal best of 2:05.46 for silver. That rewrites Australian national record history, overtaking the previous mark of 2:05.63 held by now-retired multi-Olympian Alicia Coutts from 2013.

Spitting 27.81/32.10/36.55/29.00, Seebohm worked her way up from 7th to 4th to 2nd place over the course of the sprint IM race, surpassing Korea’s Kim Seoyeong in the process. Seoyong finished with the bronze in 2:06.12 for a new Korean record as well.

Seebohm’s outing tonight beat what the Brisbane Grammar swimmer produced in Windsor, which was a time of 2:07.41 for 4th overall. Additionally, her time tonight checks her in as the 14th fastest performer of all-time worldwide in the short course 200m IM event.

The prolific Seebohm holds Australian national records across the 50/100/200 LCM backstroke events, as well as the long course 4x100m medley relay. In the short course arena, Seebohm’s 200 IM record tonight is added to her 50/100/200 backstroke events and 4×50 medley relay record.

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Will be very interesting to see if Em does more IM leading into Tokyo. Very early in her career she was touted more as a freestyle/medley swimmer rather than a backstroker.


Must have been purely as an age grouper as she first made the senior Natl team as a backstroker. Until at least 2014, a spot in the 200back was blocked by Hocking & Nay which did give her the scope to swim 200IM but other than a 2.09 at 2010 PP; she never really made an intl impression. Could we see more IM from her going forward ?? There may actually be some possibility. Whilst I cannot see her giving up her throne as AUS premier female backstroker without a fight; I certainly expect that both Atherton & McKeown Jr will press her very hard over the next year or so and it is plausible that she may be unseated… Read more »

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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