Lani Pallister Finishes 2019 World Junior Champs With Silver in 200 Freestyle


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Australian Lani Pallister nearly pulled off a Ledecky-esque sweep of the women’s distance and middle-distance freestyle races at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships. With her silver-medal performance in the women’s 200 freestyle today, Pallister will leave Budapest with 4 individual medals total, including three golds in the 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyles, as well as a silver as part of Australia’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay, where she led off in 1:58.61.

Erika Fairweather of New Zealand won the women’s 200 freestyle tonight in 1:57.96, just .13 ahead of Pallister. Canada’s Emma O’Croinin rounded out the podium with a 1:58.64 for bronze.

Pallister’s time in this evening’s finals was markedly faster than her relay lead-off, hitting the wall for silver in 1:58.09.

Pallister’s splits 8/25/2019:

1st 50 27.99
2nd 50 30.29
3rd 50 30.32
4th 50 29.49
Total Time 1:58.09

17-year-old Pallister has had a record-setting week in Budapest, recording new Championship Records in each of her previous individual events. In the 800, Pallister took nearly 3 seconds off the previous mark, set by Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello in 2017, winning gold in 8:25.22. Pallister later became the 8th-fastest Australian woman ever in the 400 freestyle, throwing down a new Championships Record time of 4:05.42.

The 1500 was perhaps Pallister’s most impressive race, where her time of 15:58.86 not only skated past Pignatiello’s 2017 record, but also made Pallister one of only 11 women to break the 16-minute barrier in the 1500 in 2019.

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3 years ago

With a significant drop in the next year she could factor in the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay for Tokyo

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Hope so. She has the potential, depends whether she is a 1500 or 200 swimmer I think.

Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

Not to mention Mack Horton has also had success in the 4×200 relay..

Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

I think it’s in her best interest to put some focus on 20 free as that relay team could
Potentially win a medal at the Olympics if not gold..

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

I think so too, but the depth of the 200 much harder then the depth of 1500, with no Titmus. Tough decision.

Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

Depth is good .. means we can rest the big 3 for finals

Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

yes indeed ….they will need her

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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