Mallory Comerford Re-Breaks American 200 Free Record In 1:51.81


After knocking two-tenths off the record in prelims, Mallory Comerford was almost a full second under Missy Franklin‘s old American Record in the 200 free in the final in Hangzhou, clocking a time of 1:51.81 to top her prelim record of 1:52.52.

In the heats, Comerford’s swim broke Franklin’s old mark of 1:52.74 set in 2015 at the Duel in the Pool. That swim had put Comerford into a tie for 10th all-time, and with this swim moves up into 8th.

After Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands led the way early, Comerford flipped 1st at the 150 in 1:22.93, just three-tenths off world record pace, but it was Australian Ariarne Titmus who charged home with a final split of 28.19 to run down Comerford and snag the gold medal in 1:51.38. That broke the Commonwealth Record for Titmus and put her 4th all-time.

Compared to the prelims, Comerford was faster on all four 50s. Check out a comparison below:

Comerford, Prelims Comerford, Final
26.63 26.43
28.50 (55.13) 28.21 (54.64)
28.35 (1:23.48) 28.29 (1:22.93)
29.04 (1:52.52) 28.88 (1:51.81)
1:52.52 1:51.81

This improves on her finish at the last SC World Championships back in 2016 where she placed 5th in the final in 1:53.79.

It’s important to note that Allison Schmitt has been faster, going 1:51.67 at the 2009 Duel in the Pool, but that was swim was done during the period when USA Swimming stopped recognizing American Records done in the rubber suits.

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Good swim from Mallory Comerford, Ariarne looks dangerous to post a great time in the 400m.


The Speedo time converter says that it wasn’t that good by her standards.1:40.72 SCY

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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