Matea Samardzic Lowers Own Croatian National Record in 200 Back

2017 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women 200 LC Meter Backstroke

  • American: 2:04.06 8/3/2012 Missy Franklin
  • U.S. Open: 2:05.68 6/26/2013 Missy Franklin
  • US Open Meet: 2:08.42 7/30/2008 Hayley McGregory
  1. GOLD- Matea Samardzic, Scarlet Aquatics 2:08.77
  2. SILVER- Lisa Bratton, Texas A&M 2:08.78
  3. BRONZE- Kylie Stewart, Athens Bulldog Swim Club 2:10.20

Croatian backstroker Matea Samardzić lowered her own Croatian national record in the 200 backstroke at the U.S. Open on Thursday, winning the women’s event in 2:08.77 by 1/100 over Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton. Samardzić broke the national mark three times last year; first with 2:09.73 at the National Championships in her native Croatia in February 2016, then with 2:09.24 at the European Championships, where she won the bronze medal, and finally with 2:09.11 at Southern Zone South Sectional Championship in Orlando in July 2016.

Samardzić’s U.S. Open performance marks her first foray into the sub-2:09 territory, and moves her to #14 in the world for the year.

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 200 BACK

EmilyAUS
SEEBOHM
07/29
2.05.68
2Katinka
HOSSZU
HUN2.05.8507/29
3Kylie
MASSE
CAN2.05.9707/28
4Kathleen
BAKER
USA2.06.3806/28
5Kaylee
MCKEOWN
AUS2.06.76*WJR07/29
6Daria K
USTINOVA
RUS2.07.0807/28
7Hilary
CALDWELL
CAN2.07.1507/29
8Regan
SMITH
USA2.07.1907/28
9Taylor
RUCK
CAN2.07.6207/26
10Lisa
GRAF
GER2.07.6306/18
11Daryna
ZEVINA
UKR2.08.3007/28
12Katalin
BURIAN
HUN2.08.3806/04
13Matea
SAMARDZIC
CRO2.08.7708/03
14Lisa
BRATTON
USA2.08.7808/03
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All her improvement comes on the back half, as seen here in the comparative splits:

August 2017 July 2016 May 2016 February 2016
30.99 31.28 30.82 30.68
1:03.57 (32.58) 1:03.93 (32.65) 1:02.97 (32.15) 1:03.46 (32.78)
1:35.98 (32.41) N/A 1:35.95 (32.98) 1:36.90 (33.44)
2:08.77 (32.79) 2:09.11 2:09.24 (33.29) 2:09.73 (32.83)

Samardzić also holds Croatia’s LCM national records in the 400 free, 800 free, 100 back, and 400 IM.

 

 

 

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