Leah Gingrich Talks Return to Swimming After 6-Year Break (Video)



Reported by Nick Pecoraro and James Sutherland.


  1. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:06.98
  2. Leah Gingrich, HURR, 2:10.95
  3. Dakota Luther, ABSC, 2:11.86

After breaking the meet record this morning, Hali Flickinger has re-broken her event record with a 2:06.98. Splitting her last 50 faster than her third, Flickinger’s time remains the 3rd fastest time in the world this year.


  1. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 59.06
  2. Kate Douglass, CPAC, 59.33
  3. Leah Gingrich, HURR, 59.63

Hali Flickinger completed an impressive double following her 200 free win, breaking her meet record of 59.14 from the heats in a time of 59.06. The time stands up as her sixth-fastest performance ever.

Shortly after her 100 breast win where she cracked 1:10 for the first time, Kate Douglass broke a minute for the first time in this event to take second in 59.33.

Leah Gingrich, who went sub-1:00 for the first time this morning in 59.94, had another PB for third in 59.63, and Abby Harter made it three women under a minute for the first time in their career in fourth (59.90).

Erika Brown blasted a 59.56 out of the ‘B’ final, over two and a half seconds quicker than she was in the morning. Brown has only been faster three times in her career, two of those coming at Summer Nats in 2018.

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Chris Ritter
4 years ago

Yeah Leah!! Keep it going!

4 years ago

I love swimmers coming back after long layoff and enjoying the sport more than before….Nice story

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