Mallory Comerford: “I knew going into this one it was going to be the hardest one” (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • NCAA Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015 – 1:39.10
  • American Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015 – 1:39.10
  • Meet Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015 – 1:39.10


  1. GOLD: Mallory Comerford, Louisville, 1:40.26
  2. SILVER: Taylor Ruck, Stanford, 1:40.37
  3. BRONZE: Siobhan Haughey, Michigan, 1:40.70
  4. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 1:42.29
  5. Paige Madden, Virginia, 1:43.03
  6. Catie Deloof, Michigan, 1:43.17
  7. Katie McLaughlin, Cal, 1:43.54
  8. Robin Neumann, Cal, 1:43.72

Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey took control from the start, turning in 48.08 at the halfway point. It was a 3-woman race to the finish between Haughey, Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, and Stanford’s Taylor Ruck as they started to close in on Haughey going into the final stretch. Comerford, the defending champion, shot off the final wall to edge ahead, defending her title in 1:40.26. That was the 3rd fastest performance in history.

Ruck was just a nail behind Comerford at the touch, taking 2nd in 1:40.37. That ties her with Simone Manuel as the 4th fastest woman in history, and is just a hundredth away from Katie Ledecky’s Stanford school record. Ruck’s swim is also tied as the 7th fastest performance in history. Michigan’s Haughey was just a hundredth short of her lifetime best, taking 3rd in 1:40.70.

Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil, the Pac-12 champion in this event, was within 3 tenths of her best to take 4th in 1:42.29. Teammate Katie McLaughlin, who had a breakthrough in this event this morning with her first best 200 free time since 2015, was 7th tonight in 1:43.54. That was a back-to-back double for McLaughlin, who just had a big swim in the 100 fly.

Virginia’s Paige Madden, the 500 free runner-up, clipped her best from prelims to take 5th in 1:43.03. The 5th fastest time of the night, however, came from the B final, as Stanford’s Lauren Pitzer put up a lifetime best 1:42.84.

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This race looks like exact copy of the race in 2017. Then Ledecky and Manuel were busy racing each other and Comerford came from behind catching Ledecky at the very end with practically the same time as today’s one: 1:40.36 There were some expectations in swimming community that the new young star Taylor Ruck who showed outstanding result in 200 LCM will break Missy Franklin’s record. Her 1:54.44 LCM is converted to 1:40.21SCY and she proved that she is that good in yards as well. But it is still more than 1 sec away from this mysterious record. Mallory Competitors was able to improve her time last season by 0.5 sec and there was also some hope that she would… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn

How did Phelps win 8 golds? Very mysterious. Many have tried it, but no one has matched it. What has helped to (sic) Michael Phelps? Seriously, pick on a guy for a change, instead of the Missy and Katinka bashing. Or try wrapping your head around Mary T and her swims.


You are trying to not follow the general excitement of the media when talking about CD and are making your opinion based on facts, numbers and current results. Your are explaining that people have to accept facts not the way they want them to be but what they really are. And yet that is the only case when your observations may hold water. Any records by definition are something that never has been done by nobody before. They may stay unbroken for long time. 2016 records of Katie Ledecky and 2014 record of Sarah Sjostrom and all records you have mentioned are outliers in same way as 1:39 of Missy Franklin is. The only difference is that at that time… Read more »


Wishing here the best LC season to come… Team Usa needs a solid competitive Mallory for the WC & Olympics in 2020

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