Katie Meili: “Sometimes I actually like the 200 better” (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


  • US Open Record: 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 2:21.46, Rebecca Soni, 2011
  1. Katie Meili, MAC, 2:23.18
  2. Lilly King, UN, 2:25.90
  3. Kierra Smith, LLSC, 2:25.93

Katie Meili took off from lane 7 tonight and never looked back. After winning this event in Mesa in mid-April, she topped that performance with another win in a time of 2:23.18, a new best time. She had the fastest opening and closing 100 of anyone in the field, putting together a complete performance. She improves from 21st to 5th in the world for 2016-17.

Behind Meili, rivals Lilly King and Kierra Smith battled hard the entire race, with King getting the touch by three one-hundredths. Melanie Margalis took 4th in 2:26.56. Bethany Galat took the B final in 2:31.30.

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Tom from Chicago
3 years ago

Meili has an interesting breathing pattern in breaststroke. She breathes facing down. I haven’t seen this style much.

3 years ago

Rooting for her to make the team in the 200 breast . She seems to be the best in Usa right now at it .

3 years ago

Thrilled she defeated King

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