Katie Hoff 1:44 in 200 free at Gulliver Last Chance Meet in Florida

Katie Hoff has resurfaced at a club meet in Miami, Florida, swimming and winning the 200 free, 100 breast, 200 IM and 100 back.

Hoff competed at the Gulliver Last Chance meet, just her second competition since 2012 Olympic Trials. She also swam in the Speedo Winter Championships meet in Plantation, Florida last November.

Hoff’s most notable time is her 1:44.16 (short-course yards) win in the 200 free Saturday morning that’s almost two seconds faster than she was in November, and only a second or so off of her lifetime-best in the event from all the way back in 2007.

She came off that 200 and swam the 100 breast later in the session, putting up a 1:01.88 that is just four tenths off her lifetime-best.

Representing Hurricane Aquatics, Hoff also competed in the 200 IM on Sunday morning, going 1:55.91 that was a good three-second improvement on her November meet. Then at the end of the session she put up a 54.45 in the 100 back, which is actually a lifetime-best in an event Hoff hasn’t swum much in her professional career.

Hoff’s return to competition still appears to be in its very early stages, at least judging by her very limited meet schedule over the past few months. But these times would suggest she’s still in quite good shape, and even getting closer to where the multiple-time Olympic medalist and world champ was before taking her extended break post-2012 Trials.

Full results of the Gulliver Last Chance Meet are available on Meet Mobile.

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bobo gigi

Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool.
As a big Hoff fan, I was disappointed to not see her in Orlando.
But I’m happy to read she continues to improve a lot since her return.
1.44 in the 200 free and 1.55 in the 200 IM are times which start to be really serious.
Her first summer goal should be to qualify in the US 4X200 free relay team for Kazan 2015. And why not a surprise in the 200 IM as well?
I want the US dream team in 2016 in the 4X200 free relay with Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, Katie Hoff and Allison Schmitt. It doesn’t seem so crazy now.

I also want to see that 4×2 free dream team Bobo. That would be AWESOME!!!



The Beach

I want to see a dream 800 free relay of Franklin, Ledecky, Schmitt and Bobo Gigi


Unless Bobo Gigi decides to:
1. apply for US citizenship, and
2. undergo sex re-assignment procedure

I can’t see that free relay ever happens.


Those are fast and encouraging times!! I’m assuming from the name that Hurricane Aquatics is somewhere in south Florida; who is her coach and is she training with any other elite teammates?

Joe Momma

Hoff looked good yesterday and today. I think she was surprised at the 200 IM time because she had a nice smile when she saw her time. I left before she swam the 100 back.

I believe she is swimming with coach at the University of Miami and the women’s team. I think they have a nascent club team but I don’t know if there are any elite swimmers in either program or even if she practices with the club team.

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