Isabel Ivey Dismantles PB, Pops #4 15-16 200 Free with 1:43.96

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 2

December 02nd, 2016 National, News


16-year-old Isabel Ivey of the Gator Swim Club in Florida hung tough with two Olympians, finishing 2nd in the 200 free at Winter Nationals with a huge lifetime best of 1:43.96. That time moves her up to #4 in the 15-16 age group, putting her in some very legendary company. Ivey now stacks up with some of the best freestylers in history, and has surpassed American great Sippy Woodhead.

15-16 Age Group 200 Free Rankings

  1. Katie Ledecky, 1:42.03 (2013)
  2. Dagny Knutson, 1:42.81 (2008)
  3. Missy Franklin, 1:43.15 (2012)
  4. Isabel Ivey, 1:43.96 (2016)
  5. Sippy Woodhead, 1:44.10 (1979)

Ivey has made some astounding improvement from her personal bests today. She came in seeded with a 1:46.88, a strong time that had her ranked 67th all-time in the 15-16 age group. In prelims this morning, she took a sizable chunk off of that with a 1:45.43 that gave her the middle lane in the final tonight. Olympians Amanda Weir and Melanie Margalis got out to a slim lead at the 100, but a composed Ivey held strong and put herself back into the race in the second 100. She delivered a mighty push under the flags to touch out Weir by .02 and finish just tenths behind Margalis.


  • By 50: 25.16 – 26.37 – 26.15 – 26.28
  • By 50: 51.53 – 52.43

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Dan A.

Is her father Mitch Ivey, former coach at UF?

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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