Reported by James Sutherland.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
- US Open Record: 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni, 2009
- GT Pool Record: 2:21.46, Rebecca Soni, 2011
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.