Kaylee McKeown Enters New LCM 200 Back Territory: 2:04.49 For #3 Ever


  • Friday, November 13th – Sunday, November 15th
  • Brisbane Aquatic Center, QLD, AUS
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Results

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown already threw down the fastest 100m backstroke mark of her career en route to a new national record yesterday and the teen was back at it in the 200m back tonight.

Yesterday while competing at the 2020 Queensland Medal Shots Long Course Preparation Meet, USC Spartan McKeown scorched a new lifetime best of 58.11 to overtake Olympian Emily Seebohm‘s longstanding Aussie standard of 58.23 put on the books at the 2012 Olympic Games. You can read more about McKeown’s 100m back stunner here.

McKeown entered an entirely new level in the 2back tonight, hitting a menacing time of 2:04.49. That not only laid waste to her previous career-quickest of 2:05.83 from just this past January, but it marks the first time an Aussie woman has ever gotten under the 2:05 barrier in the event.

Seebohm held the Aussie national standard with the 2:05.68 she produced for gold at the 2017 World Championships. That was a special swim for mainstay Seebohm, as she represented her nation’s sole individual event medal there in Budapest.

Flash forward to tonight and McKeown split 29.74/31.91 (1:01.65); 31.81/31.03 (1:02.84) to register her historic 2:04.49. She not only becomes Australia’s fastest performer in history in this LCM 200 back but the teen now checks-in among the world’s best-ever, situating herself in slot #3.

Top Women’s LCM 200 Back Performers All-Time

  1. Regan Smith (USA), 2:03.35 2019
  2. Missy Franklin (USA), 2:04.06 2012
  3. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2:04.49 2020
  4. Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), 2:04.81 2009
  5. Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 2:04.94 2009

McKeown took silver in this 2back event at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships behind World Record-setter Regan Smith of the United States. Smith hit 2:03.69 for gold after producing a WR of 2:03.35 in the semifinals while McKeown posted 2:06.26 for silver in Gwangju.

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7 months ago

Great work Kaylee after a very tough year. Can’t wait to see this race at the Olympics or World Champs, whichever comes first.

Reply to  Aussieone
7 months ago

Do we know that the Aussies will be allowed to the Olympics? Morrison seems very keen on the travel ban.

Reply to  Togger
7 months ago

I have a feeling they’d allow it in a bubble which I’m assuming is how the Olympics will happen. Quite a few Aussie cyclists and tennis players etc have been overseas in the northern hemisphere summer.

Drama King
Reply to  Aussieone
7 months ago

Many cricketers were playing at IPL. That was a safe bubble.

Reply to  Aussieone
7 months ago

Correct. Although a major AUS professional sportspeople do tend to base themselves overseas (generally in the country or the continent where they perform); it has been the case that those who do domicile themselves in AUS but who are involved in major “established” professional leagues/international circuits have been given clearances. Regrettably for AUS swimmers, ISL has not yet attained that standard of “established/recognition” and Swimming AUS chose not to “fight their corner” but rather the opposite.

At this point, I think things will proceeds along the lines you suggest but we will have a fuller picture by Feb next year as to the international COVID picture as well as that in Tokyo.

Reply to  commonwombat
7 months ago

I was under the impression that the ISL swiimmers could have got the exemption from the government no problem and the push back was entirely from Swimming Australia.

Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

We may never know …… unless someone actually “spills the beans”.

My point is that in such cases, having the backing or rubber stamp from your employer (in case of contracted professionals (ie footballers/cricketers/cyclists) OR your national federation (Olympic athletes) will inevitably ease your path. For whatever reason(s); legitimate or spurious, Swim AUS did not do so.

7 months ago

Excuse me, what the f*ck

7 months ago

She’s on fire!!!

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