2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)
Reported by Karl Ortegon.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS
Pro Swim Record: 1:54.43 Katie Ledecky (2016)
- Trials Wave II: 2:00.24
- Trials Wave I: 2:01.69
Katie Ledecky was out in 56.01, pulling away from the field and coming down the final stretch with a huge lead. She blazed to a 1:54.40, taking down her own 2016 PSS record of 1:54.43 from five years ago. That’s a phenomenal swim for her, and she moves to the top time in the world this year ahead of China’s Yang Junxuan (1:54.70).
That’s Ledecky’s best time ever on U.S. soil (it also ties the U.S. Open record done by Allison Schmitt at 2012 Olympic Trials), and it’s her second-best performance ever. She’s only been faster at the Rio Olympics, when she went her lifetime best 1:53.73.
17-year-old Justina Kozan of Mission Viejo Nadadores broke 1:59 for the first time ever, going 1:58.50 to win the B-final ahead of Leah Smith (1:58.76). Kozan’s old best of 1:59.21 was from 2019.