Dolfin Swim of the Week: Larkin’s World-Leading 1:55.7 IM From One Year Ago

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:

2018-2019 LCM MEN 200 IM

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In the calendar year since that swim, only Seto (1:55.55 in January) has surpassed Larkin’s time.


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Corn Pop
3 years ago

Mitch went 4.16 in the 400 im at 16 . Then he moved to St Peter’s & did the reverse of Stephanie . She went in as a 100 backstroker & came out as a 400 Imer. That’s swimming !

Reply to  Corn Pop
3 years ago

He was 17 . Close

Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

He was stupid good at everything as a kid, he won Australian age medals in breaststroke events.

Fred Daddy Phelps
3 years ago

A 1:55 mid to low might win the Olympics. Michael ought to give it one last go and see if he can get the 5-peat.

3 years ago

Really interested to see what he does next year – 200 IM and 200 back are the same day I think .

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

Lochte is still recovering from that double in 2012

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