Kathleen Baker Sets New World Record in 100 Back – 58.00

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cal’s Kathleen Baker took down the world record in the 100 back Saturday night in finals at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships.

Baker put up a 0.56 reaction time, then split 27.90/30.10 for her final time of 58.00 – her lifetime best before Saturday was 58.54. She bests Kylie Masse‘s previous record of 58.10. In second was Olivia Smoliga in 58.75, and in third, Regan Smith with a new world junior record of 58.83. Smith moves ahead of Natalie Coughlin in the all-time American ranks.

Baker had been 59.27 in prelims, making her the No. 3 seed going into finals. Baker tied for first Thursday in the 200 back with Smith, going 2:06.43; she scratched the 50 yesterday presumably to rest for the 100, which paid off.

Splits Comparison: Baker WR vs. Masse WR

Baker’s record came entirely from her stellar first 50. While Baker took only a tenth off of Masse’s previous world record, her first split was over six tenths faster than Masse’s was, and Baker actually closed just over half a second slower.

1st 50 2nd 50 Final Time
Kathleen Baker, 2018 27.9 30.1 58
Kylie Masse, 2017 28.51 29.59 58.1

 

Fastest Performers Ever: Women’s 100 Back
1 Kathleen Baker 58.00
2 Kylie Masse 58.10
3 Gemma Spoffort 58.12
4 Anastasia Fesikova 58.18
5 Emily Seebohm 58.23
6 Missy Franklin 58.33
7 Katinka Hosszu 58.45
8 Aya Terakawa 58.70
9 Fu Yuanhui 58.72
10 Mie Nielsen 58.73

2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 100 BACK

KathleenUSA
BAKER
07/28
58.00*WR
2Kylie
MASSE
CAN58.5402/04
3Emily
SEEBOHM
AUS58.6604/07
4Olivia
SMOLIGA
USA58.7507/28
5Regan
SMITH
USA58.83*WJR07/28
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bobo gigi
3 years ago

Congrats Miss Baker! Unexpected, at least for me. So the surprise is much better.

Yozhik
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

That is the beauty of this meet in contrast to Canadian trials that served basically same purposes but was extremely boring. Fast and full of surprises. Maybe there is indeed something in this approach to selection process for world championships. Swimmers have two meets and can optimize for themselves where to perform/peak.

Philip Johnson
3 years ago

Swim of the meet! Unless we see a crazy WR on the last day. Congrats to her.

Hectable
3 years ago

Baker VS Masse is going to be a great race at pan pacs hopefully we’ll see both of these ladies get under 58. It’ll be interesting to see them race head to head because Baker likes to take it out and Masse likes to back end. Which will keep it exciting right to the finish

Ben
Reply to  Hectable
3 years ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if they both go under 58. But that’s always how it seems to work. All it takes is for one person to finally break a super suit world record, and then multiple swimmers start to do it.

Just sayin
3 years ago

Take that Canada. All do respect though Kylie Masse is an amazing swimmer will be fun to see these two race going into Tokyo

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Just sayin
3 years ago

only 10 days to wait …..

krbcan
3 years ago

Amazing performance! This is going to be an incredible event at Pan Pacs!

Swimmerj
3 years ago

I NEED A RACE VIDEO PLEASE I FORGOT TO RECORD FINALS

Love to Swim
Reply to  Swimmerj
3 years ago

USASWIMMING YouTube channel has everything. They uploaded the video of each race only 15 minutes after the race finished.

whoanellie
3 years ago

This just might be the world’s fastest comeback She was being written off with all the young guns coming up and also being written off as a has been at 21 for one whole day. Sure glad We stayed up for the east coast video delay NBC/ Olympic Channel I guess it is better than nothing.

Baker-King-Worrell-Manuel
Reply to  whoanellie
3 years ago

Kathleen Baker already qualified for the 2018 Pan Pacs in the women’s 200 m backstroke.

Love to Swim
Reply to  whoanellie
3 years ago

I remember a username Bobo Gigi said Baker was from 20th century, what with the young guns coming up.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Love to Swim
3 years ago

sometimes he gets confused in his predictions LOL

Stoyle
3 years ago

When was the last time we had a LCM WR on US soil? 2009?

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Stoyle
3 years ago

Try Katie Ledecky’s 1500 free WR a couple months ago in Indianapolis.

Yozhik
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 years ago

Actually 5 of 14 Ledecky’s world records were made on US soil.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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