McKeown Fires Off 2:04.31 200 Back To Lower Own Aussie Record

2021 SYDNEY OPEN

19-year-old Kaylee McKeown already turned heads last night at this 2021 Sydney Open, firing off a night prelim time of 2:05.55 in the women’s 200m back. However, the USC Spartan was just getting the party started, as the teen ripped a new lifetime best of 2:04.31 to check-in with a new Australian national record.

McKeown recently set the Australian national standard at the 2:04.49 she posted last November in Queensland. That result just months ago not only laid waste to her previous career-quickest of 2:05.83 , but it marked the first time an Aussie woman has ever gotten under the 2:05 barrier in the event.

Here in Sydney, McKeown further proved that result was anything but a fluke, slicing another .18 off of her record en route to topping the podium. In doing so, McKeown remains the #3 200m backstroke of all-time.

Note that splits for McKeown’s new record are not available at time of publishing.

Top Women’s LCM 200 Back Performers All-Time

  1. Regan Smith (USA), 2:03.35 2019
  2. Missy Franklin (USA), 2:04.06 2012
  3. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2:04.31 2021
  4. Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), 2:04.81 2009
  5. Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 2:04.94 2009

McKeown remains atop the world rankings for the season, owning the only time under 2:05 in the world.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Back

KayleeAUS
McKeown
11/15
2:04.46
2Margherita
Panziera
ITA2:05.5603/31
3Rhyan
White
USA2:05.7306/19
4Phoebe
Bacon
USA2:06.4606/19
5Regan
Smith
USA2:06.7906/19
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McKeown took silver in this 2back event at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships behind World Record-setter Regan Smith of the United States. Smith hit 2:03.69 for gold after producing a WR of 2:03.35 in the semifinals while McKeown posted 2:06.26 for silver in Gwangju.

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PFA
1 month ago

Yeah 100 back is going to be very interesting to watch now.

Last edited 1 month ago by PFA
MX4x50relay
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Both of the backstrokes for that matter

BKP
1 month ago

Even more! 🤯

Hswimmer
1 month ago

Niceee let’s see if regan will answer back. She looked like she had some speed in thag 2 fly Hope her 100/200 back is good

Torchbearer
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Whatever happens- we have a race on our hands in 2 months! 🙂

Hswimmer
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

Sure do

Robbos
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

Exactly, Smith v McKeown, probably the 2 most in form female swimmers go head to head.

MX4x50relay
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Right!! And they can probably both handle their share of events and drop because they’re young. It’ll be really interesting

Corn Pop
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Kaylee has been in form since November across Back & IM. Regan had promising fly in 2020 but her best back is back in 2019. Tomorrow may be different but we can only work on what is now , so no .

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

If you call a body-length win a “race” in the 200.

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