Melanie Margalis Lowers Own Women’s SCM 200 IM American Record In Budapest


  • Friday, October 16: 4 PM-6 PM Local Time (10 AM-12 noon U.S. Eastern, 11 PM-1 AM J+1 Japan)
  • Saturday, October 17: 8 PM-10 PM Local Time (2 PM-4 PM U.S. Eastern, 3 AM-5 AM J+1 Japan)
  • Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
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  • Teams: Energy Standard, Cali Condors, LA Current, NY Breakers

Melanie Margalis is the first swimmer to break a major record during the second season of the International Swimming League, knocking off her own mark in the women’s 200 individual medley (SCM).

Margalis, 28, rattled off a time of 2:04.06 to win the event by close to two seconds, resetting her mark of 2:04.18 set at last season’s match in Indianapolis. Prior to that swim, Margalis had held the record at 2:04.62 from the 2018 Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, China.

Comparative Splits:

2020 American Record 2020 ISL – Match 1 27.63 31.59 35.41 29.43 2:04.06
2019 American Record 2019 ISL – Indy 27.62 31.39 35.38 29.79 2:04.18
2018 American Record 2018 World SC 27.53 31.61 35.68 29.80 2:04.62

Competing for the Cali Condors, Margalis won the 200 IM in three of her four appearances last season, only falling to the London Roar’s Sydney Pickrem during the 2019 final in Las Vegas.

The time for Margalis registers as the 12th-fastest of all-time, with Hungarian Katinka Hosszu holding down the 11 fastest performances. Hosszu’s world record sits at 2:01.86 from 2014.

Abbie Wood of the New York Breakers was the runner-up in today’s event in a time of 2:05.89, while the LA Current’s Anastasia Gorbenko lowered her Israeli National Record for third in 2:06.46. The 17-year-old held the previous mark at 2:07.64 set last season in Budapest.

You can find full results of the event here.

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2 years ago

She is incredible, especially in a format like this. She just never seems to get tired!

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2 years ago

Thank Fred Lewis

Mark Nedza
2 years ago

Georgia Bulldawg! Way to go Melanie!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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