Splits Update: Kaylee McKeown Breaks SCM 200 Back World Record


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Although we saw most of the Australians pull out of the International Swimming League (ISL) season 2 due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, nearly all of the nation’s best are in the water this weekend contesting the widespread Virtual National Championships.

One such swimmer is 19-year-old Kaylee McKeown, who made her presence known in a big way right off the bat with a World Record in the women’s 200m backstroke.

Swimming at the Brisbane location of Chandler, McKeown fired off a time of 1:58.94 en route to topping the fields across the 5 locations.

That not only crushed the USC Spartan team member’s previous 200 back lifetime best of 2:03.04 from last year, but it overtook the current World Record of 1:59.23 that’s been on the books since 2014. Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu put that mark on the books at that year’s World Short Course World Championships.

McKeown was the 2019 World Championships silver medalist in the long course version of the 200 backstroke. There she finished in 2:06.26, behind American teenager Regan Smith, who won in 2:03.69 after setting a World Record in the semi-finals.

Below are the splits for McKeown’s incredible swim tonight:

You compare those to Hosszu’s former WR from 2014:

The next closest competitor to McKeown tonight was SCM 100 backstroke World Record Minna Atherton, who touched in 2:03.64 also racing in Brisbane.

McKeown has been on a tear as of late, competing at the Queensland Medal Shots Long Course meet just earlier this month. There she hit two new national records, with a LCM 100 backstroke time of 58.11 and a 200 backstroke time of 2:04.49.

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Katelyn Redwood
1 year ago

Great job, Kaylee!

2 years ago

Splits are interesting: McKeown and Hosszu split exaclty the same on the middle two 50s (30.19 then 30.41)! McKeown half a second quicker to close the key difference.

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

McKeown: Hey Katinka, I forgot my homework can I copy yours?
Hosszu: Yeah just change change a few of the splits so it’s not obvious

2 years ago

Men breaking records in EVERY stroke this year, women just breaking records in EVERY backstroke event this year lol

2 years ago

Women’s backstroke is an absolute gauntlet right now. There are probably going to be be some great swims and swimmers not hitting the podium in Tokyo.

Also: I think it is fair to say now that having some time off from training, or reduced amounts of training for a period of time, has NOT hurt these elites at all.

Last edited 2 years ago by MTK
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

And some great swims but swimmers not getting qualified for Tokyo.

2 years ago


2 years ago

Now three currently active Australian swimmers in the top 5 of this event all time ( short course )

Fraser Thorpe
2 years ago

Whoa! I also didn’t realise she’d gone 2:04 in LCM super impressive!

Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
2 years ago

Likewise! Great swim

2 years ago

Katinka Hosszu now down to holding only ( 😉 )the five IM WRs in LCM and SCM.

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Doesn’t Belmonte own the 400 IM SCM?

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Yes and scm 200 fly

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