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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Gheko
1 year ago

Wow!

Dhadhfjej
1 year ago

Epic good for her!

Mike Anderson
1 year ago

Congrats also to her coach, Mr. Chris Mooney!!

2Fat4Speed
1 year ago

I came to the site today only because I was curious if there were any swim results to look at. Then BAM! World Record!

Did not expect that! Great swim!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 year ago

Nice surprise in this ever-crazy 2020.

Swimwood
1 year ago

WEAPON!!

Troyy
1 year ago

Another exciting swim from Kaylee. Isn’t she still 19?

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Yes. July 2001 & Regan is Feb 2020.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

Prodigy. 🙂 .

Tyson
1 year ago

She will be after her team mates world record in that 100 bk

commonwombat
Reply to  Tyson
1 year ago

That would not surprise. Suspect she will be “set” to throw down another couple of serious LC “markers” at QLD LC then probably won’t be seen again until March at earliest.

Interesting that McKeon snagged the 100free at 51.17, which suggests LON would’ve loved her in Budapest. More curious was Wilson (51.74) sneaking ahead of C1 (51.79) for second. Will be interesting to track her LC times going into Trials

Troyy
Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

Also O’Callaghan took down McKeon’s age record 52.48 and a huge age record from Sam Short in the 800 7:38.97

Auzzie
Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

Would have been a great battle to watch Campbell and Wilson in that 100 free last night. Hoping there is video of it somwhere

Jackman
Reply to  Auzzie
1 year ago

The two swims weren’t swum at the same location unfortunately.

Troyy
Reply to  Jackman
1 year ago

Campbell and Wilson were in Sydney.

Aussieone
Reply to  Auzzie
1 year ago

Saw the end on a swimming Australia Facebook video

Last edited 1 year ago by Aussieone
Tyson
Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

And to think it was their first time racing in a while imagine how well McKeon would have gone during isl I think she is one to watch next year and in Tokyo

Troyy
Reply to  Tyson
1 year ago

I’m also really curious what she’ll do in the 200 IM.

Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

I will say that I was a little disappointed none of the guys got under 47 in the 100 fr.

commonwombat
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Outside of Chalmers, there really aren’t too many candidates. Graham on 2019 ISL form – yes. Cartwright, IF indeed he can return to his pre-issues form and condition but otherwise; 47 is about where this bunch are SCM; 48 low at best LCM. Whilst I’d LIKE to see McEvoy return to sub 48 LCM; the evidence of the past couple of years has not exactly inspired confidence.

Robbos
Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

What did happen to McEvoy?

Aussieone
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

2.03.68. Australian and commonwealth record 👍🏼

Troyy
Reply to  Aussieone
1 year ago

Awesome. Faster than anyone at ISL too.

Aussieone
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

yes!!!

Troyy
Reply to  Aussieone
1 year ago

I really wanna see a video. SA sucks.

Tyson
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

2nd fastest all time as well

Tyson
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

2:03.68 was a great swim from her she’s definitely on form and looking good for next year

Swimmer
1 year ago

Is there a video? I really want to see this. Her and Regan could put up some exciting races

Aussieone
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

there is a short video of it on a Swimming Australia Facebook post

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