Kaylee McKeown Nails Aussie Record In 200 IM, 2nd Fastest Performer Ever


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Correction: an error in the USA Swimming databases led us to originally report McKeown as the 7th-fastest performer in history. She is, in fact, 2nd.

19-year-old Kaylee McKeown already broke through with a World Record in the women’s 200m back from session 1 of these Australian Virtual Championships. But, in session 2, the USC Spartan wowed again, taking down the national record in the 200m IM.

Entering these virtual championships, which are taking place at 5 separate locations with results compiled at the end, McKeown’s lifetime best in this SCM 200 IM was previously the 2:08.12 she put up at the 2017 edition of this in-person meet.

However, competing in Brisbane tonight, McKeown blew away that time, as well as the rest of the field, hitting the wall in a result of 2:03.68. That not only lays waste to the aforementioned previous personal best, but it also checks-in as the new Australian standard, overtaking the previous mark of 2:05.63 Alicia Coutts put on the books way back in 2013.

Splits for McKeown’s race will not be available until all sites have concluded their session #2, but we will update as soon as they are published.

McKeown now ranks as the 2nd fastest performer all-time in this event behind only Katinka Hosszu, and she’s only 19 years of age.

Women’s All-Time SCM 200 IM Performers

Rank Time Swimmer Nation Date
1 2:01.86 Katinka Hosszu Hungary 12/6/2014
2 2:03.68 Kaylee McKeown Australia 11/27/2020
3 2:03.93 Yui Ohashi Japan 11/14/2020
4 2:04.00 Sydney Pickrem Canada 11/21/2020
5 2:04.06 Melanie Margalis United States 10/16/2020

Just from an ISL perspective, McKeown’s time would have ranked her as the top swimmer in the league for season 2, beating even the undefeated Yui Ohashi of the Tokyo Frog Kings. Ohashi held the fastest time of season 2 in 2:03.93.

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1 month ago

Those Japanese swims were probably logged under the wrong event!

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Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

Agree. I think McKeown is now the 2nd fastest performer ever.

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1 month ago


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Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

You’re definitely right. Ohashi owns the national record by a sizable margin.

Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

I double-checked — none of the times by the Japanese swimmers ahead of McKeown exist in FINA’s database.

1 month ago

What is the source for that ranking? From FINA: http://www.fina.org/fina-rankings/results?top=10&gender=Women&year=All&poolConfiguration=SCM&distance=200&style=Medley&timesMode=BestTimes&continentId=All&countryId=All&type=overall-rankings&selectedGroup=Medley&selectedGender=Women&selectedDistance=200 RANK EVENT TIME PTS ATHLETE NF YOB COMPETITION COUNTRY / DATE 1 Women 200 Medley 2:01.86 WR 1033 HOSSZU Katinka HUN 1989 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2014 QAT 06 Dec 2014 2 Women 200 Medley 2:03.93 950 OHASHI Yui JPN 1995 ISL 2020 Season – Semifinal 1 HUN 14 Nov 2020 3 Women 200 Medley 2:04.00 949 PICKREM Sydney CAN 1997 ISL 2020 Season – Final HUN 21 Nov 2020 4 Women 200 Medley 2:04.06 947 MARGALIS Melanie USA 1991 ISL 2020 Season – Match 1 HUN 16 Oct 2020 5 Women 200 Medley 2:04.60 WR 1068 SMIT Julia USA 1987 Duel in the Pool 2009 GBR 19… Read more »

Reply to  IM FAN
1 month ago

2nd fastest swimmer but 12th fastest swim.

1 month ago

Really puts into perspective HOW GOOD 2014 Hosszu really was…

Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

She swam faster in 2013,14,15,16, and in 18 (alltogether 11 times) than Kaylee.

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Reply to  Brownish
1 month ago

Downvote guy. Fact is fact 🙂

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