Lisa Bratton Breaks WUGs 200 Back Record With 2:07.91 PB


After Asia Seidt did so in the semi-finals, her American teammate Lisa Bratton broke the newly minted World University Games Record in the women’s 200 back en route to winning gold in the final.

Bratton’s time of 2:07.91 took out Seidt’s 2:08.81 from the semis, which had initially cracked the 2:08.91 mark set by Great Britain’s Stephanie Proud back in 2009.

She moves up into eighth in the world this year, tops amongst Americans, while maintaining her spot as the ninth-fastest U.S. swimmer of all-time.

This was Bratton’s second title in this event at the competition, having also won back in 2015 in Gwangju in a time of 2:09.31.

It was also the 23-year-old’s first best time in the event in three years (almost to the day), as she had gone 2:08.20 at the U.S. Olympic Trials back in 2016. She had come close last year, hitting a 2:08.37 at Summer Nationals.

She had arguably the most notable performance of her career this past December, winning the Short Course World title in the 200 back in a blazing time of 2:00.71.

Seidt, whose 2:08.81 in the semis was a new best, scored another PB in the final in 2:08.56, winning the silver medal.

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Congratulations Lisa and Team USA!! 🇺🇸🎉

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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