2021 SYDNEY OPEN
- Thursday, May 13th – Sunday, May 16th
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Heats at 6pm local; Finals at 9am local
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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
- Regan Smith (USA), 2:03.35 2019
- Missy Franklin (USA), 2:04.06 2012
- Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2:04.31 2021
- Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), 2:04.81 2009
- 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.
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.