Madisyn Cox Swims Fastest 200 IM of 2021 at Longhorn Invite Day 3 Finals

by Robert Gibbs 98

May 22nd, 2021 News

2021 LONGHORN ELITE INVITE

While swims fans have been treated to some fast swimming this past week at the European Championships, top-notch US swimmers have been looking sharp three weeks out from the USA’s Olympic Trials.

Case in point: tonight, former Texas Longhorn Madisyn Cox came up big with a 2:08.51 in the 200 IM. That time makes her the fastest women in the world so far in 2021, ahead of the 2:08.73 Australian Kaylee McKeown clocked a week ago at the Sydney Open. McKeown was slightly faster last December, having gone 2:08.23.

Cox’s time tonight also moves her to #3 all-time among US women, jumping her up from #8.

All-Time Time US Performers, Women’s 200 IM

  1. Ariana Kukors – 2:06.15
  2. Kathleen Baker – 2:08.32
  3. Madisyn Cox – 2:08.51
  4. Melanie Margalis – 2:08.70
  5. Maya DiRado – 2:08.79

From that list, Cox, Baker, and Margalis should all clash in this event in just a few weeks, vying for the top two places that’ll earn them an Olympic berth in this event.

But that was far from the only fast swim in Austin tonight. Current Longhorn Carson Foster put up a 1:58.27 in the 200 IM that makes him the 4th-fastest man in the US this season, behind only Michael Andrew, Chase Kalisz, and Andrew Seliskar. That’s also the 2nd-fastest time of Foster’s career, behind only his 1:57.59 from the 2019 U.S. Open.

The men’s 100 back looked like it would be a great race tonight after four men went 55s this morning, but tonight Shaine Casas dominated the field, winning by two seconds with a 53.26. That’s tied for his 3rd-fastest swim ever, and puts him only behind Ryan Murphy (52.95) and Justin Ress (53.00) in the US rankings this season.

Texas A&M’s Taylor Pike came out on top in a strong field in the women’s 200 fly, winning in 2:09.85, a new lifetime best, and putting her in the top ten among US women this year. Former Georgia Bulldog and 2016 Olympian Gunnar Bentz, now training with the Texas pro group, won the men’s 200 fly in 1:57.64, tying him with Zach Harting for the 4th-fastest time among US men this year.

German national Anna Elendt clocked a 1:07.34, just off of her lifetime best of 1:07.17 from April’s German Olympic Trials, as she tunes up to be part of Germany’s Olympic team. Stanford’s Daniel Roy came up big in the men’s 100 breast, popping a lifetime best of 1:00.88 that puts him inside the top ten among US men this season.

There was a small Cal contingent at this meet, including 18 year-old Isabelle Stadden, who got in on the lifetime best action by going 59.33 in the 100 back. That’s her first best time in the event since she lead off the medley relay in 59.69 at the 2019 Pan American Games.

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Hswimmer
2 months ago

Women’s 200 IM will be a great battle, Cox, Margalis, Walsh, Douglass, Baker

maverick1993
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 months ago

I agree with you but Douglass probably is not going to be close to the other 4 with all due respect.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  maverick1993
2 months ago

Wasn’t there a post race interview at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis, IN in which Kate Douglass expressed her preference of the freestyle over individual medley?

maverick1993
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

People can downvote all they wany but Douglass has not shown remotely the same ability in long course IM and yes I think she prefers freestyle.

Bruh
2 months ago

Now I’m rooting for Cox

Swimmer
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

For a drug cheat? Are you rooting for Sun Yang too?

Bruh
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

You mean the swimmer who took a supplement for iron deficiency and the supplement turned out to be tainted with minuscule amounts of a PED and that the doping orgs concluded she did not consume with the intent of enhancing performance?
https://swimswam.com/madisyn-coxs-suspension-reduced-to-six-months-after-trimetazidine-detected-in-multivitamin/

Last edited 2 months ago by Bruh
Bruh
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

Also, we know who down voted my comment

Swimmer
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

Why are Americans so ignorant when it comes to their own drug cheats? Cox and Jackson deserves to be treated the same as Sun Yang and Shayna Jack, or preferably the other way around.

Admin
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

Every country is more forgiving to their own athlete with anti-doping rules violations than individuals from other countries are. The Australians have not come out and vilified Jack. Sun Yang is still a star in his country. They still cheer for Mark McGwire in St. Louis.

I don’t think the psychology of this is either unique to the United States, nor particularly complex to understand.

NM Coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Braden,

Please post for everyone the link to the story of Madisyn smashing vials of her blood sample with a hammer…oh wait, that wasn’t her…

Bruh
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

What is wrong with weed? It was probably not taken with the intent to enhance performance

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

It calms the nerves and can help athletes get into their optimal state of function both psychologically and physiologically. I’m not arguing that it should be a Criminalized Drug, just that it’s been classified as a Performance Enhancing Drug before for a reason.

ForTheLoveOfSwimming
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

In my opinion, anyone who believes that cannabis is and should be classified as a PED probably hasn’t tried to race stoned.

Admin
Reply to  ForTheLoveOfSwimming
2 months ago

I’ve told this story before, but many years ago when I was covering one of these cases, I reached out to a cannabis “expert” to ask him if he thought there was any performance enhancing benefit to smoking weed. He was adamant that there was, but I don’t think that helped his case the way he thought it did.

Y’all can’t be serious
Reply to  ForTheLoveOfSwimming
2 months ago

yeah, try a 200 fly after a missive dab. Milak is in trouble 😂 GTFOH

Necho
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

And Baker as well.

OldSwimmer
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

We aren’t ignorant. Anyone who has been in the US testing pool knows they need to save at least one of every prescription medication or supplement they ever take because they have been found to be tainted in the past. If you have iron deficiency, you have no choice but to take iron. If you have a bacterial infection, you have to take antibiotics. Athletes have tested positive from taking tainted versions of both.

Get a clue
Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

I don’t know why you are so ignorant of the definition of drug cheat. A single lot of a multivitamin she has been taken for 7 years was proven to be contaminated with an amount so minuscule it had zero effect or benefit what so ever. Maybe you think she took 1.5 billion vitamins everyday so she could get the effects of a single pill?? That may be the definition of the word ignorant. Every case stands on its own. What about this is so hard for you to understand?

potstirrer
Reply to  Get a clue
2 months ago

Sure. Great. Cool. But then EVERY case stands on its own. Not just the American cases. Then Sun Yang stands on his own that he was prescribed heart medicine by a doctor, and then someone showed up and started videoing him and asking for his blood and urine without proper credentials.

Then Yulia Efimova stands on her own that she didn’t understand the label on a supplement because it was in a foreign language.

Then Matthew Willenbring stands on his own that his mom’s friend had steroids in an Aleve bottle (which is the most far-fetched of the stories).

Then Cesar Cielo stands on his own that he had all of his supplements independently tested and one still turned up… Read more »

Bruh
Reply to  potstirrer
2 months ago

I don’t hate sun yang for the 2014 results, I hate him for the hammer and for his general demeanor/lack of sportsmanship

Bruh
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

Also, I hate true cheats like dweyer and park but not people who can prove an honest mistake

Get a clue
Reply to  potstirrer
2 months ago

I agree. I just think that slandering an athlete to defend your own athlete takes away all your credibility.

Swimfan
2 months ago

I think cox just put her name in the 4×200 not as a potential relay swimmer But a key contributor ( Dirado went 4:31 and 2:08.79 in rio before going 1:56.31 on the relay) if she breaks the American record in the 400 iM I think the coaches will put her on the relay final (she can split potentially 155 mid)

Last edited 2 months ago by Swimfan
Hswimmer
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Don’t think Cox will be going 4:31 in 400

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 months ago

That’s Madeline “Maya” DiRado territory while wearing a textile suit. No offense to Katie Hoff and the supersuit era.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 months ago

At this rate no one’s going 4:31.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Cox will not be swimming the women’s 200 meter freestyle at the 2021 Olympic Team Trials but the women’s 200 meter individual medley.

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

But yet anyone that made the team can swim a relay hence maya Dirado in rio, that what’s the point of my comment 😉

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Maya DiRado won an individual gold medal, an individual silver medal, an individual bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics while posting personal best times.

Enchatedrock
2 months ago

Dang. Pretty fast swimming without a razor or a suite.

Tomek
Reply to  Enchatedrock
2 months ago

Cox was swimming without suite?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Tomek
2 months ago

Caroline took her suite

MaggieMacNeilWalker
Reply to  Tomek
2 months ago

Yes, all of the suites at the hotel were booked. She had to settle for the Queen-sized bed with no hot tub and only the partial kitchenette, but it appears she still overcame that barrier. Way to stay strong.

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  MaggieMacNeilWalker
2 months ago

And no tap water

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Tomek
2 months ago

My dude can’t even spell his screen name right, so what do you expect.

Swimfan
2 months ago

I’d loved to see Cox sweep the IM in Tokyo, hosszu, ohashi, Cox and Margalis are the only ones that can sweep the IM (the IM has been Swept by a swimmer at the last 6 Olympic) so

Last edited 2 months ago by Swimfan
Rafael
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Mckeown???

Troyy
Reply to  Rafael
2 months ago

McKeown isn’t swimming the 400 IM at trials let alone Tokyo.

moddiddle
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

That is such an interesting statistic that I feel like I should’ve expected but didn’t realize until it was actually stated. What is it about the IM that makes the double so much more doable than other strokes? 100 vs 200 distance difference? Being on form for all 4 strokes all at the same time?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  moddiddle
2 months ago

Comparatively weak events with very few specialists. When someone is at peak age/form and bothers to put in the time they have huge advantage, especially compared to any of the 100s where every slob enters.

I can’t imagine being a young swimmer and not recognizing that by far the greatest margin for error is the distance events and the individual medleys, especially since the 800 and 1500 are now available for both genders. So much linkage for the same skill set

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

You’re right. Plus, Phelps/Lochte and Hosszu scared all up-and-comers away from the events. If you have to train LIKE THAT, well, I’ll stick to other events.

moddiddle
Reply to  moddiddle
2 months ago

The Men’s 200/400 IM double has been done 7 out of the 11 total times the 200IM has been an event (1968 1972 1984 1988 1992 2004 2008)
The Women’s 200/400 IM double has been done 8 out of the 11 total times the 200IM has been an event (1968 1984 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016)

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  moddiddle
2 months ago

In theory, it’s hard to master all four strokes at an elite level.

Brownish
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

And only Klocskova did it two times in a row.

Admin
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Ye Shiwen has the potential too. She was silver in both at Worlds in 2019.

Hannah
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Didn’t she miss the qualifying time in at least one though?

Admin
Reply to  Hannah
2 months ago

Hmm good question, didn’t look into that.

China has a more “invisible hand” selection approach, so if they think she’s got the best chance to medal, she’ll wind up on the team.

maverick1993
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

you would love it but it is not going to happen. Most likely unless Hosszu goes back to old Hosszu we are probably seeing two different winners after a long time.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

That’s making a statement prior to the 2021 Olympic Team Trials.

iubfr
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

why does everyone hate you!

Swimfan
Reply to  iubfr
2 months ago

Because no one likes fun facts and only goes off of rankings and time of in season best and not taper meets

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Not even Katie Ledecky went best times at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Fun fact:

Not one athlete, male or female, broke a world record at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

If you are so prescient, I want your predictions of Regan Smith’s times in the final of the women’s 100 meter backstroke and in the final of the women’s 200 meter backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials. Furthermore, I going to hold your feet to the fire.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

Crickets …. as I suspected.

Peter
2 months ago

I think Hosszu has a better shot at defending the 400 than the 200 at this rate – pretty counterintuitive given the circumstances

Yozhik
Reply to  Peter
2 months ago

For some simple reason: she can deliver only one more or less decent race per meet. And 400IM comes first. But 4:35 at the meet that meant a lot to her where she gave everything she had, is too slow to be a contender at OG. This is simply inertia of habits still thinking of her as a contender.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

Fun fact:

Russia failed to medal in the women’s 200 meter individual medley at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

Fun fact:

Russia failed to medal in the women’s 400 meter individual medley at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
2 months ago

Fun fact:

Katinka Hosszu won the gold medley in the 400 meter individual medley at the 2016 summer Olympics in world record time

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Katinka Hosszu is still one of the favorites in the women’s 400 meter individual medley at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Peter
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

?????? I’m sure she’ll be fine lol. You’ve been doubting Hosszu for years now – what does she owe you

Yozhik
Reply to  Peter
2 months ago

Nothing. This person means nothing to me. But if you are making predictions then they will be more accurate if you are using some data. And the more recent data is the better. But if that is just your fan’s devotion then I will leave you with that. It’s your right to believe and to hope. But there is nothing for me to discuss with you in such case.
And btw I’ve never had doubts about this person. I know who she is.

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

Will you commit to self-impose a SwimSwam ban if she wins a gold? Please.

Yozhik
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

No. You will be the first one who misses me. How can I deprive you of this dream. Maybe the sweetest one in your life. How can I bring you back to this grim reality leaving with nothing to dream about?
I will never do such a terrible thing to you.
😀

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Peter
2 months ago

Hosszu killed little hedgehog’s pet dog

Yozhik
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 months ago

It can be an interesting research how people are choosing their screen names. They definitely are driving from some association between understanding of the specifics of their characters and the name the way they see it.
But it makes me confused sometimes when I fail to follow this hidden connection. The main usege of tap water in our household is flushing the toilets.

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 months ago

Hosszu stole the little hedgehog’s teddy bear. Now the little hedgehog can’t sleep at night.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

4:34 by the way

Yozhik
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 months ago

It’s a very special way of rounding you are using.

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Peter
2 months ago

I don’t think it’s counterintuitive. A full year ago many of us were saying Hosszu would probably be hurt by the postponement to 2021 more than anyone else, but it would impact her less in the 400 than 200. Not only is the 400 first but considerably fewer top athletes contest that event.

Yozhik
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

Exactly.

maybe?
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

I’m gonna diss you so bad if Hosszu wins 400IM Gold in Tokyo

Yozhik
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

The only thing I did is making my prediction. And as any prediction it may not materialize. But if you are making a responsible bet on Olympic results it’d better to read critically but carefully what i’m writing. A lot of research and high quality analysis behind it. I don’t touch her personal qualities. It completely different story. So stay with your blind love as much as you want to. Why should I care? But don’t force me to admire the person who I deeply despise. It’s my right too.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

I would add Pellegrini to that list, as well.

PK Doesn’t like his long name
2 months ago

Similarly to the Louisville women, I’m concerned about the form for Drabot 3 weeks out. Not breaking 2:10 is not great. Hope she has a monster taper in her.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  PK Doesn’t like his long name
2 months ago

Seems most of the Stanford women are in the same boat currently. Forde is on shaky ground here, too. Then again, monster tapers might be what they’re gunning for as an entire training group.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  PK Doesn’t like his long name
2 months ago

The race for the women’s 200 meter butterfly at the 2021 Olympic Team Trials will be between Flickinger and Smith.