2013 Santa Clara Grand Prix coverage of women’s 200 backstroke as reported by Braden Keith:
The slower pace in the women’s 200 free seems to have paid off for Missy Franklin in the 200 backstroke, as she looked fresh on back-to-back races winning pretty easily in 2:08.24. She was out in 1:02.8, and came home in 1:05.4. Time-wise, that’s her best performance of the meet so far, and it came on the second half of a double. That shows just how far out ahead of the rest of the world she is in the 200 back.
Meanwhile, in a battle for 2nd, Kendyl Stewart got all of the lead she needed in the first 100 meters, and held of Canadian Hilary Caldwell for 2nd in 2:10.72. Caldwell was 2:11.92 for 3rd, and Short Course World Championship silver-medalist Bonnie Brandon was 4th in 2:12.90.
Australia’s Emily Seebohm was a jump back in 5th with a 2:14.77 – about a second slower than she was in the morning.
Mexican Maria Gonzalez-Ramirez won the B-Final in 2:12.84 as the newest member of the international Gator Swim Club training group, and Australian Mikkayla Sheridan was 11th overall in 2:13.80.
This video was captured by SwimSwam contributor Morgan Priestley.