Makayla Sargent Swims Lifetime Best by 1.3 Seconds in 200 Fly Trial

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

February 21st, 2019 ACC, College, News


North Carolina State junior Makayla Sargent crushed her own lifetime best in the 200 yard fly on Wednesday evening in a time trial swim. She posted a 1:56.85, which improved upon the 1:58.18 that she did in a dual meet against Duke in October.

Sargent has taken on the event with renewed vigor this season since transferring to NC State. In spite of swimming the race, for example, at the SEC Championships in 2017, in her first 2 years of college, she was unable to match her high school best of 1:58.69 from the 2015 Speed Winter Junior Championships.

This season, however, she’s now undercut that personal best 4 times, including her latest best.

She’ll still need to drop more time to qualify for the NCA Championships (Andrew Mering estimates that it will take a 1:55.91 to qualify, with an upper bound of 1:56.39), but this is an early sign of big scoring jumps for the Wolfpack, who should be in a dogfight in the team battle with Virginia.

Other Top Time Trials Swims:

  • UNC’s Brooke Bauer swam a 22.64 in the 50 free. Her lifetime best is 22.33 from the 2017 Tennessee Invitational.
  • UNC’s Emma Cole swam a 53.72 in the 100 fly.
  • UNC freshman Sophie Linder swam a 1:49.26 in the 200 free.
  • UNC freshman Heidi Lowe swam a 49.50 in the 100 free.

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5 years ago

We knew she had it in her. Just waiting for the swimmer she could be to meet up with the swimmer she is.

Michael Murray
5 years ago

So incredibly proud of this athlete! Go PACK!

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