Meili Chases Best Time of Her Own in 200 Breast In Atlanta

by Luke Ryan 0

May 05th, 2017 National, News

2017 Arena Pro Swim Series – Atlanta 

Katie Meili put up a pretty big swim at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Atlanta. Meili won the 200 breast over 100 meter Olympic Champion and the fastest 200 yard breaststroker in history Lilly King.

Meili, who took third in the 100 breast in the 2016 Rio Olympics won the 200 breast in Atlanta in a best time of 2:23.18. King finished second at a little north of 2:25. Meili’s swim, which would have finished 7th in the 200 breast in Rio, is a solid time for May of a World Championship year.

No US woman finished in the top 8 of the 200 breast in Rio. Coming into this year, Meili’s best time was 2:23.69. She is likely not fully tapered, but has already cleared that best.

At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, the bronze medal was taken at 2:22.76. The highest ranking American was Micah Lawrence, who finished with a silver at 2:22.44. We may not know exactly what Meili can do right now fully tapered, but assuming that she isn’t fully tapered, what could we see in Budapest?

What Meili goes in the 100 breast this week will give us a much better idea of what she could go in July. Meili’s best time of 1:05.69 is fast, but could she better that this week? If she gets even close to it, she becomes a triple medal contender in the breaststrokes in Budapest. 

Chase Kalisz also had a big swim this evening, going a best time in the 200 breast.

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