McKeown Continues Tear With 2:08.23 200 IM All Comers Record

2020 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

After already producing the world’s 2nd fastest 100m backstroke (57.93), as well as becoming Australia’s 2nd fastest 400m IMer of all-time (4:32.73), Kaylee McKeown nailed a new record in the women’s 200m IM.

Competing on day 3 of these 2020 Queensland Championships, 19-year-old McKeown threw down a massive lifetime best in the 2IM, scoring a time of 2:08.23. Although the Aussie national record solidly remains at Stephanie Rice‘s 2:07.03, McKeown’s mark here in Brisbane represents a new All Comers Record.

Reminder All Comers Records are the fastest swims ever done on Australian soil by a swimmer of any nationality.

Entering these championships, McKeown’s personal best in the 200m IM was represented by the 2:09.94 she posted at last year’s World Championships Trials. That qualified the USC Spartan for a chance to race the 2IM in Gwangju, although she wound up dropping the event in favor of the backstroke events.

Splits for McKeown’s All Comers Record tonight include the following: 28.25/32.29 (1:00.54); 36.89/30.80 (1:07.69). The 2:08.23 time renders the teen as Australia’s 3rd fastest performer all-time and the fastest since 2012.

All-Time Australian 200m IM Performers

  1. Stephanie Rice, 2:07.03 – 2009
  2. Alicia Coutts, 2:08.15 – 2012
  3. Kaylee McKeown, 2:08.23 – 2020

In terms of all-time performers worldwide, McKeown’s time now inserts her into slot #9.

All-Time 200m IM Performers Worldwide

  1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:06.12 – 2015
  2. Ariana Kukors (USA), 2:06.15 – 2009
  3. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR), 2:06.88 – 2016
  4. Stephanie Rice (AUS), 2:07.03 – 2009
  5. Ye Shiwen (CHN), 2:07.57 – 2012
  6. Yui Ohashi (JPN), 2:07.91 – 2017
  7. Alicia Coutts (AUS), 2:08.15 – 2012
  8. Rika Omoto (JPN), 2:08.21 – 2017
  9. Kaylee McKeown (USA), 2:08.23 – 2020

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Anon5
2 years ago

Didn’t Kathleen Baker swim a 2:08 flat at a USA a trials a couple of years ago? Shouldnt she be on that list?

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  Anon5
2 years ago

She swam 2.08.32 which puts her just behind McKeown.

Corn Pop
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

I noted a few weeks ago that Kathleen & Kaylee were very similar swimmers in the 100 back & soon to be 200 I’m . Coincidentally Kathleen has a newly impressive high 67s Breastroke .

Aussieone
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

You mean Kaylee in the breastroke ?

Troyy
Reply to  Aussieone
2 years ago

Baker also swam 1:07.90 earlier this year.

Anon5
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

Thank you could not remember the exact time.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

Those who say Kaylee McKeown should not take on the 100BK/200BK 200IM/400IM at the Olympics should take note that she swam 2.08.23 in the 200IM and 2.05.16 in the 200BK only a short time later. At the Olympics the only session where should would face a double is the session where the final of the 100BK is followed a few events later by the semis of the 200IM and she’s just proven it shouldn’t be a huge challenge for her.

commonwombat
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
2 years ago

Considerable difference from being able to dawdle along in the heats in a domestic event before “smoking it” in the finals to the 3 “full-on” swims involved in all Olympic events below 400. Outstanding that she is, she will still need to bring her A game to ALL of those swims in Tokyo to stay in the game. The 400IM is at the very start of the Olympic program and, being “straight heats/finals”, is probably the easier addition on paper with the counter-argument being its physical demands. She will also have, at minimum, 1-2 relays.

Not saying that she should not, at least at some point, take on all four events at World level; just that I suspect we won’t… Read more »

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  commonwombat
2 years ago

I beg to disagree. She will turn 20 a few days before the Olympics. When you’re that hat age and in form you just want to swim. A four event program is challenging but not daunting for someone who has a huge training workload and is said to be one of the toughest swimmers around. The program is almost perfect for her. Only in one session will she have to race twice. She can give it everything in the final of the 100BK and do the semi of the 200IM a bit later. The 200IM is not the 400IM and she doesn’t have to bring the house down. A high 2.09 will almost certainly get her into the final and… Read more »

Honest Observer
2 years ago

Even though a lot of the women on the list ahead of McKeown are still active, some are no longer at their peak, which would sort of make McKeown a co-favorite, perhaps with Ohashi, for the gold, should she decide to swim it. But there are soooo many potential contenders who aren’t on that list (Margalis, Walsh, Cox, possibly Huske or Douglass). Not that there’s a lack of contenders in the 100 back, the event that overlaps with the 200 IM.

Swimmer
2 years ago

…followed by 2.05.1 200 back!!

Joe
2 years ago

This is too much fast LCM swimming for me to handle.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Australia only cares about LC . Scm is the part time freelancing.

Dee
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure Belmonte never went 2.08 in the LC 200im – Is that list correct? Super swimming from McKeown – A big decision to make looking at the Tokyo schedule.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Additionally, I don’t think Omoto’s time is correct-I believe her best is 2:08.64. I don’t see a 2:08.21 from 2017 anywhere from her, but perhaps I am missing something.

Verram
2 years ago

Oh wow you mean she’s faster than Ohashi??

Verram
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

She’s missing in the list so Kaylee is 10th then

Carter10
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Ohashi swam 2:07.91 in 2017 and Belmonte never swam 2:08.17, her best time is 2:09.45 (2013)

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