Madisyn Cox Becomes 6th Fastest American Ever with 2:09.6 200 IM


Despite being slightly off on the first few days of the meet, Madisyn Cox bounced back on the final night of competition at the 2017 U.S. nationals/World Championships Trials to earn a spot on the U.S. World Championships team. Cox roared home on the back half of the race, finishing 2nd to Melanie Margalis (2:09.57) in a personal best 2:09.69.

Before tonight, Cox was the 10th fastest American performer of all time with a 2:10.53. She knocked almost a full second off that tonight, moving up to #6 all time ahead of Katie Hoff. Margalis remains at #4 on that list with her 2:09.21 from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Ella Eastin, who took 3rd tonight with a 2:10.89, is just off the all-time top 10 American performers list with her 2:10.54 from the 2016 Atlanta Classic.

Top 10 All-Time U.S. Performers:

1 Ariana Kukors 2:06.15
2 Maya DiRado 2:08.79
3 Caitlin Leverenz 2:08.95
4 Melanie Margalis 2:09.21
5 Julia Smit 2:09.34
6 Madisyn Cox 2:09.69
7 Katie Hoff 2:09.71
8 Natalie Coughlin 2:09.77
9 Elizabeth Pelton 2:10.02
10 Whitney Burnett 2:10.11

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Mona Connor

Ella didn’t make it. I’m sad 🙁


At least the world university team.


Rowdy said Cox was battling a virus earlier in the week.


No love for Madison who swam a heat time 3 secs faster than Ella – one that would likely get into the final at Budapest . She also swam the fastest breast & free legs of the medallists.which is the smart way to swim the 200im .


Madisyn Cox is weak on backstroke while Eastin is a good backstroker. This is her Achilles heel, M Cox backstroke but Eastin was not ahead enough after the backstroke leg.

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