Disclaimer: Dolfin 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 Dolfin 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.
Well known around the world as a backstroker, Australia’s Mitch Larkin was the best 200 IMer in the entire world last season, with a swim he put up one year ago today.
The 25-year-old Larkin won Australia’s World Swimming Trials in the 200 IM, blasting a 1:55.72. That shattered Australian and Commonwealth records. It also launched Larkin to the #1 ranking in the world for the 2018-2019 season.
And throughout the rest of the summer, not a single swimmer surpassed Larkin’s time. World Champs gold went to Daiya Seto in 1:56.14, and Larkin finished the year as the only swimmer in the world to break 1:56 in the event:
In the calendar year since that swim, only Seto (1:55.55 in January) has surpassed Larkin’s time.
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