Kaylee McKeown Scorches 2nd Fastest 100 Back Ever – 57.93


19-year-old Kaylee McKeown has already been on fire this season, putting up the best times of her career despite a roller coast coronavirus situation.

She already took down Olympian Emily Seebohm’s Australian national records in the 100m and 200m backstroke but the USC Spartan teen took the former event to an entirely new level this evening.

While competing on the first day of individual events at the 2020 Queensland Championships, McKeown ripped a massive 100m back time of 57.93. That checks-in as the world’s second-fastest performance of all-time, sitting only behind the current World Record of 57.57 American Regan Smith put up at last year’s World Championships.

Today, after producing a hint of what was to come with a morning outing of 59.93, McKeown split 28.46/29.47 to produce her incredible new mark. That overtakes her own previous PB, Aussie standard and All Comers records of 58.11 from just last month.

Split comparison between the two swims are as follows:

Old Record of 58.11 = 28.70/29.41

New Record of 57.93 = 28.46/29.47

The next closest swimmer tonight came in the form of SCM World Record holder Minna Athertonwho took silver in a time of 59.46 while 16-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan produced a bronze medal-worthy time of 1:00.31.

As for McKeown, she again ranks as the #2 swimmer of all-time, with her 57.93 effort here ranking was the 2nd fastest time ever produced.

Top Women’s LCM 100 Backstroke Performers All-Time

  1. Regan Smith (USA), 57.57  2019
  2. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 57.93 2020
  3. Kathleen Baker (USA), 58.00 2018
  4. Kylie Masse (CAN), 58.10 2017


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2 months ago

Kaylee McKeown for female World Swimmer of the Year?

Corn Pop
2 months ago

Yes for the courage to chase down the remarkable times Regan put up. Plus the y not hb have another 2 top quality events.

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 months ago

We just have different definitions of ‘courage.’

Corn Pop
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 months ago

Who is asking you?

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 months ago

posting a statement on an online forum is asking for/inviting comments, especially when it’s a such a horribly phrased take

Corn Pop
Reply to  Dudeman
2 months ago

Like many French words ‘courage’ is layered & its core meanings endure in non US culture . Google t courage & you will find 2nd line …. ‘Strength in the face of pain or grief ‘.

You may not be aware Kaylee ‘s dad was struck down with a Megablastoma Glioma in 2018 & passed away August 2020.
You may not know how devestating these are but Thru all this Kaylee not only responded the best of the 200 finalists that day 2019 to take silver but has propelled herself into Regan’s zone. ( plus an 400im that would place her in world top 3 ).

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2 months ago

Girl is on a mission

Old Man Chalmers
2 months ago

and went 4:32.73 in the 400 im later in the session

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 months ago

She’s the best we’ve got in 100/200 back and 200/400 im but she can’t swim them all.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

She does big mileage so why not ? Katinka has changed the game

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 months ago

The 400 IM actually fits into her schedule nicely. It’s the 200 IM that clashes with the 100 BK.

Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

It’s the 200 IM semi that comes on the same session as the 100 back final.

Not ideal of course, but not the 200 IM/200 back double that Lochte had.

Reply to  Joe
2 months ago

Katinka swam the 200 im/100 back double in rio and won both.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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