Mac Looze on Duel in the Pool: “When I found out, both my parents and I cried”


Reported by Annika Johnson.


  • World Record – 2:18.95, Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • American Record – 2:19.59, Rebecca Soni (2012)
  • U.S. Open Record – 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni (2009)
  • LC Nationals Record – 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni (2009)
  • World Junior Record – 2:19.64, Viktoria Gunes (2015)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Mackenzie Looze – 2:25.35
  2. Anna Keating – 2:25.82
  3. Ella Nelson – 2:27.40
  4. Noelle Peplowski – 2:27.44
  5. Gillian Davey – 2:28.13
  6. Josie Panitz – 2:28.98
  7. Mathilda Smith – 2:30.85
  8. Abby Hay – 2:31.33

Indiana’s Mackenzie Looze turned on the gas with about 75 meters left, trying to overtake Anna Keating who had held the lead for the first half. They pushed each other back and forth, Looze splitting a 37.62 on the last length compared to Keating’s 38.03. Looze hit the wall first, demolishing her lifetime best time from prelims by two seconds and becoming the 25th all-time fastest American in history. This was a solid swim for Keating who was within 1.2 seconds of her best time.

Ella Nelson out touched Noelle Peplowski by .04 to round out the podium. Nelson was about 2.5 seconds off her best time from April but she pushed Peplowski to shave a second off her lifetime best time from prelims.

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6 months ago

Congrats! Have fun in Australia and swim fast.

6 months ago

It was so inspiring to me that I cried off and on for several days just thinking about it. Ray and Kandis are simply the greatest. When this beautiful family came to Bloomington, Indiana back in 2003, with Bryce and Mac in tow, I told them, “If you LOVE Indiana University, Indiana University will LOVE you back and take you to places and heights that you NEVER dreamed of or imagined possible. I’m happy to say that my advice that day turned out to be generational! The Looze family truly lives their life everyday, at and outside the pool, with CLEAR EYES and FULL HEARTS and we LOVE them and are very proud of everything they’ve done in Bloomington! #GOATCOACHRAYLOOZE

Old Swim Coach
6 months ago

Awesome swim!

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