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.
The 18-year-old McKeown took silver behind Smith in the 200 back at 2019 Worlds. Had Smith (also a teenager) not smashed a world record in that race, the story of McKeown winning her first major international medal – silver on the Worlds stage – would have been a major storyline of the event.
McKeown hit a personal-best 2:06.26 in that race, dropping a half-second. But this week in South Australia, McKeown bettered even that time, going 2:05.83 to win the South Australia State Championships.
That time was a tenth better than the one put up across the world by Smith in the same week – Smith swam in the U.S., going 2:05.94. The two now sit #1 and #2 in the world ranks for the season. And McKeown moves to #7 all-time in the event, passing Katinka Hosszu. McKeown is #2 all-time among Australians, and just two tenths from a 2017 national record held by Emily Seebohm. Here’s a look at the star-studded list of top backstrokers in history:
All-Time Women’s 200m Backstroke Performers
|1||2:03.35||Regan Smith||USA||2019 World Champs||7/26/2019|
|2||2:04.06||Missy Franklin||USA||2012 Olympic Games||7/28/2012|
|3||2:04.81||Kirsty Coventry||ZIM||2009 World Champs||8/1/2009|
|4||2:04.94||Anastasia Fesikova||RUS||2009 World Champs||8/1/2009|
|6||2:05.72||Margherita Panziera||ITA||2019 Italian Champs||4/2/2019|
|7||2:05.83||Kaylee McKeown||AUS||2020 South Aussie States||1/20/2020|
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