Hali Flickinger Downs Decades-Old US Open 200 Fly Record – 2:05.87


In prelims of the 200 fly Wednesday morning at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, Georgia post-grad Hali Flickinger took down a US Open record set by Mary Meagher at 2:05.96 in 1981.

Flickinger split 28.69/31.44/32.59/33.15 en route to her lifetime best of 2:05.87. She has been swimming great all season, and is the overwhelming favorite to win the event tonight – even more so after breaking the 37-year-old record. She is now the No. 3 American performer of all-time, and No. 2 in the world this year.

Fastest American Performers
1 Mary Descenza 2:04.14
2 Kathleen Hersey 2:05.78
3 Hali Flickinger 2:05.87
4 Misty Hyman 2:05.88
5 Cammile Adams 2:05.90
6 Mary Meagher 2:05.96
7 Hali Flickinger 2:06.67
8 Kim Vandenberg 2:06.71
9 Elaine Breeden 2:06.75
10 Teresa Crippen 2:06.93
10 Katie McLaughlin 2:06.95

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 200 FLY

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just watched the Mary T video. Not taking anything away from Hali, but Mary T was in a normal suit and without goggles. Wow.


NTM, narrower, shallower lanes, and no streamlines.

Dr Deluxe

Not sure what you mean by shallower..it is a very deep pool with a huge diving well at one end and had (?) a working, hydraulic floor at the other end. It was called Walter Schroeder YMCA in Brown Deer ( suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Definitely deeper than ISHOF 50 mtr course. After all these years , it is STILL a great pool and continually hosting championships events. ( NCAA’s and Big Ten Championships in the early 1980’s also)


Bet Mary T would have been under 2:00 with a tech suit and goggles


Meagher’s swim was epic. One for the ages. The record is now gone, congrats to Flickinger, but even if she goes 2-double-O tonight, it can’t take away from that ridiculous swim at Brown Deer. Two great swims, separated by 37 years.

Yeah…if Flickinger goes 2:00 tonight, I’m going to call that a better swim, even in context of time and place.


Mary T retired believing she had a 2:01, and at the very least 2:03 in her. Can you imagine?


I have to think that adjusting for era though, Meagher’s swim is one of the greatest of all time. Her 100 and 200fly WRs lasted basically 20 years each. Is there any other event right now where a time from 35+ years ago would be in medal contention? A brief look through WR progression says: no, not even close.

So basically, all I’m saying is that Meagher’s swims are legendary and she was so far out in front of everyone else, the world took a long time to catch up after she retired.

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Love to Swim

One of the greatest swim of all time, if not the greatest.


Woo hoo! What an awesome much needed swim that I’m sure Hali feels great about. Hard work pays off!

Jon Nap

Wow! Congrats Hali! Anyone know if there is a video of the race somewhere?

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