Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Robert Gibbs.
WOMEN’S 200 METER FREESTYLE – FINALS
- FINA A: 1:58.96
- U.S. Olympic Trials: 2:02.39
Allison Schmitt made things a little interesting, staying pretty close to Katie Ledecky down to the final strokes of the race, but Ledecky maintained her top seed from this morning and won the race in 1:55.71 to Schmitt’s 1:56.52. There was a wide gap between those two and the rest of the field. Maya DiRado finished 3rd in 1:58.64, followed closely byMelanie Margalis (1:58.70), Cierra Runge (1:59.08), and Simone Manuel (1:59.08). Patricia Ortega (1:59.31) and Hannah Cox (2:00.27) finished 7th and 8th.
Missy Franklin, in lane 2 of the B-final after missing the A-final this morning, swam like a woman on a mission. She opened up a lead early in the race, led by a body length at the 100, and finished in 1:58.64, which would have tied her for third in the A-final.