In the 200 IM this evening at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, the Iron Lady, not only won her fifth event of the meet, but she also set a new US Open record. While we have seen some very fast swimming at this meet, this wasn’t a record anyone expected to go down tonight.
The previous record belonged to Stanford swimmer Julia Smit from 2009. Here are their comparative splits:
Smit, 2009 — 28.53/33.58/36.43/30.80 = 2.09.34
Hosszu, 2015 — 28.14/32.82/37.59/30.11 = 2:08.66
Hosszu outsplit Smit in every leg except for breaststroke, which is Hozzzu’s weakest stroke. This swim was just over a second off of Hosszu’s personal best, a time of 2:07.46 she swam at the 2009 World Championships.
This swim also gives her the fastest time in the world this year, which probably makes her the clear favorite going into this summer to defend her World Championship title.