Video interview captured by swimswam reporter Colin Blair.
Girls’ 200 Backstroke – FINAL – as reported by Braden Keith, swimswam editor-in-chief.
In what could be termed a mild upset, American Kylie Stewart of the Dynamo Swim club won the girls’ 200 backstroke in 2:09.74, which is a new Championship Record. That broke the 2:10.43 that Ukrainian Daryna Zevina swam to win at the 2011 edition of this meet. The silver went to her countrymate Kathleen Baker in 2:10.68, and bronze belonged to Russia’s Daria Ustinova, the youngest of the three medalists.
None of those three were able to swim best times here in Dubai, but Stewart and Baker were much closer to theirs than Ustinova was to hers, which made the divverence. Specifically, Stewart was consistently fast across her 50′s, and pushed the first 150 meters without giving up anything on the last 50 (she had the fastest closing split).
Ukraine’s Iryna Glavnyk took 4th in 2:11.62, and Canada’s Sydney Pickrem, who trains with Becca Mann at the Clearwater Aquatic Team, was 5th in 2:11.75.
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