Minna Atherton Breaks SCM 200 50 Back Australian Records; #3 All-Time in 200


  • Group B, Match 2
  • Saturday, October 26 – Saturday, October 27, 2019
  • 6:00-8:00 PM Local Time – UTC+2 (12:00-2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Duna Arena, Budapest, Hungary
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • ESPN3 Live Stream Links:
  • Group B: Iron, LA Current, London Roar, New York Breakers
  • Start Lists (pre-meet)

Day 1 Lane Assignments:

  • Lanes 1 & 2 – London Roar
  • Lanes 3 & 4 – Iron
  • Lanes 5 & 6 – New York Breakers
  • Lanes 7 & 8 – LA Current


Australian backstroker star Minna Atherton, representing the London Roar ISL team in Budapest this weekend, broke both the SCM 200 back and 50 back Australian National Records today. Atherton clocked a 1:59.48 to win the 200 backstroke today, breaking 2:00 for the first time, and narrowly undercutting Emily Seebohm‘s Australian and Oceania Records, which stood at 1:59.49 from the 2015 Australian SC Championships. Atherton swam a consistent race, going out in 27.68, then splitting 30.82, 30.80, and 30.18 respectively.

That time stands as the 3rd fastest performance of all-time, and makes Atherton the 3rd fastest performer of all-time. She is now one of only 4 swimmers to have broken the 2:00 mark in the event.

Here is the current all-time top 5 performers in the SCM 200 backstroke:

Katinka Hosszu 1:59.23
Daryna Zevina 1:59.35
Minna Atherton 1:59.48
Emily Seebohm 1:59.49
Missy Franklin 2:00.03

In the 50 back later in the meet, Atherton clocked a 25.81 to win, again narrowly besting Emily Seebohm‘s Australian and Oceanic Records. Seebohm held the records at 25.83 from the 2014 SCM World Championships. With that race, Atherton again becomes the 3rd fastest performer all-time, and the time makes her swim the 3rd fastest performance of all-time.

Here is the current list of top 5 all-time 50 back performers:

Etiene Medeiros 25.67
Sanja Jovanovic 25.70
Kira Toussaint 25.79
Minna Atherton 25.81
Zhao Jing 25.82

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10 months ago

Wow she’s been a revelation this year .. let’s see how these PB’s translate into long course for that all-important Olympic berth next year

Reply to  Verram
10 months ago

Yeah, it seems she has great underwaters off the turn, like Smoliga, so hopefully Atherton can continue to improve her swim speed for next year.

Definitely Not Sun Yang
10 months ago

Looked like she plateaued a little bit after 2016 but I’m glad to see she’s coming back in a huge way, especially now.

10 months ago

Seebohm might have a hard time making the team next year with McKeown as well