Reported by Chelsea Howard.
WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINALS
Louise Hansson took the lead taking the race out in a 27.66. Taylor Ruck caught up in the backstroke leg splitting 32.69 and took the lead heading into breaststroke where Cox and Margalis took over. Cox split a 37.55 and Margalis split a 37.76 – both were almost two seconds faster than any other breaststroke leg. Cox came down through the stretch and touched out Margalis winning with a 2:11.14. Margalis’ time was 2:11.20.
After prelims, both Cox and Margalis were seeded fifth and seventh in the 200 breaststroke but decided to scratch and focus on the 200 IM.
Mary-Sophie Harvey swam a tough double tonight finishing third in the 200 fly and also third in the 200 IM with a 2:11.20. She won the 400 IM last night just barely touching out Katie Ledecky.
Fourth and fifth place were separated by only a hundredth of a second. Louise Hansson finished fourth with a 2:14.97 while Ruck finished fifth with a 2:14.98.