Jessica Unicomb Breaks Minneapolis Sectional Record in 200 Back


One day after Minnesota sophomore Tevyn Waddell broke the Meet Record in the 100 back, Wisconsin junior Jessica Unicomb broke the record in the 200 backstroke on Friday. The two Big Ten and cross-border rivals actually both picked up records on night 3 of the Minneapolis Sectionals

Unicomb swam a 2:11.74 in the 200 back, which broke the vintage 2011 record of 2:14.85, done by Hannah Ross, by over 3 seconds. That also broke Unicomb’s own personal best by two-and-a-half seconds. She’s an Australian, which means that her typical National Championship meet comes on poor timing for tapers – shortly after the conclusion of the NCAA season.

Later in the meet, Minnesota got a meet record of their own. Conner McHugh won the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:00.83. That’s a new lifetime best for him, and gave him a second breaststroke meet record of the week.

Other Day 3 Winners:

  • Justin Temprano from Badger Aquatics won the men’s 200 backstroke in 2:03.94.
  • Texas commit Ella Tierney of Nasa Wildcat Aquatics won the women’s 400 free in 4:17.18. She led the race almost wire-to-wire, but had to fight off multiple charges from Kira Zubar, who wound up 2nd in 4:18.21.
  • Minnesota’s Nick Plachinski won the men’s 400 free in 4:02.19 – a second ahead of Anthony Lyons (4:03.26) and Griffin Back (4:03.55), both of Wisconsin.
  • Minnesota’s Rae Bullinger won the women’s 100 breaststorke in 1:12.18. 17-year old Vanessa Hermann took 2nd in 1:12.39.
  • Another Big Ten club got in on the action on Friday – Kelsey Drake from Iowa won the women’s 100 fly in 1:00.53. That’s her best time by over half-a-second.
  • Wyoming’s Jack Herron won the men’s 100 fly in 54.02.
  • Minnesota, led off by a 2:04.18 from Waddell, won the women’s 800 free relay in 8:23.05.
  • Wisconsin won the women’s 800 free relay in 7:39.08.


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