Maya DiRado Becomes 5th-Fastest American Female 200 Backstroker in History

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

Maya DiRado of Stanford became the fifth-fastest female American 200 backstroker in history today after clocking 2:06.90 to win her third event of the week.

She joins a star-studded roster of swimmers in the top five American female backstrokers. The list is below:

  1. Missy Franklin: 2:04.06 (2012)
  2. Margaret Hoelzer: 2:06.09 (2008)
  3. Elizabeth Beisel: 2:06.18 (2012)
  4. Elizabeth Pelton: 2:06.29 (2013)
  5. Maya DiRado2:06.90 (2016)

Tonight, she split out the middle 100 faster than anyone else in the field, allowing her to gain a second lead on second-place defending Olympic champion Missy Franklin of the Colorado Stars, who finished the race in 2:07.89. See DiRado’s splits below:

  • 30.32 (r .59)
  • 31.93 (1:02.25)
  • 32.05 (1:34.30)
  • 32.60 (2:06.90)

DiRado was this week’s first triple champion, soon to be followed by Katie Ledecky. Earlier in the meet, she scored victories (and Olympic roster spots) in the 400 IM in 4:33.73 and the 200 IM in 2:09.54.

Her time from today ranks her fourth in the world this year, less than half a second from first-ranked Belinda Hocking of Australia, who scored 2:06.49 at Australian Olympic Trials.

2015-2016 LCM Women 200 BACK

MayaUSA
DI RADO
08/12
2.05.99
2Katinka
HOSSZU
HUN2.06.0308/11
3Belinda
HOCKING
AUS2.06.4904/13
4Emily
SEEBOHM
AUS2.06.5904/13
5Daria K.
USTINOVA
RUS2.06.9204/22
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Cynthia mae Curran

Yeah, Maya is 23 years old. Its cool when one of the top female swimmers are in their 20’s.

I watched your vid of the 63 nationals . I never knew much about Donna De Varona but only that she was very popular & made a career for herself in the media /public speaking.

She was really a good little swimmer & very well spoken . Definitely the x factor . She was so high & light & a lot of similarities to Di Rado.

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