Missy Franklin Swims 4th-Fastest 200 Yard Freestyle Ever on Day 2 of Federal Way Sectional

Missy Franklin had another big night on a quick Friday evening session at the 2013 Federal Way Sectional meet, winning her only individual race of the night and coming within a second of an American Record for the 2nd time of this meet.

In the women’s 200 free, Franklin swam a 1:41.81 (going out in a 49.69); that was precisely six-tenths of a second away from the fastest-ever 200 yard freestyle swum by Georgia’s Megan Romano.

For their troubles and travels, though, fans were treated to that swim as the fourth-fastest 200 yard freestyle swim ever, behind only Romano and two of Franklin’s fellow Cal bears: Dana Vollmer and Natalie Coughlin. The time also crushed Franklin’s own 17-18 National Age Group Record of 1:42.28 set last year.

(Note: for those curious, Dagny Knutson is the second-best 17-18 ever in 1:42.61, followed by Allison Schmitt in 1:42.90. Those times were both done in the suit-tainted 2009 season.)

Lexie Malazdrewicz of the Jeffco Hurricanes continued a splendid meet to take 2nd in 1:45.72 – her best time by more than a second-and-a-half. That should really fire-up the value of the USC commit who collegeswimming.com has ranked as the #20 recruit in the class of 2013.

Tyler Messerschmidt took his second individual win of the meet, and Meet Record, in the men’s 200 free with a 1:34.17. Just like he did in the 100, this took down a Sectional record from all the way back in 1992: this one belonging to Uger Taner in a 1:35.6. Taner would go on to win a relay gold at the 1994 World Championships as part of the American 400 free relay.

(Another side note: Taner’s oldest child Brooks is already showing good promise as a swimmer. He was a 29.3 in the 50 free last year at only 10 years old.)

Edward Kim from the Bellevue Swim Club took 2nd in 1:36.92, and Thane Maudslien from King was tied for 3rd with Long Gutierrez in 1:37.62. With that swim, the Cal commit Gutierrez Utah LSC State Record by almost a second-and-a-half.

In the women’s 400 IM, Bellevue swimmer Kim Williams won in 4:12.80. She combined a big backstroke leg, with a solid breaststroke, to run away from this field, including runner-up Briana Jurries from Arizona Gold (4:15.50). That’s the number four ranked 400 IM by a 15-year old this season for Williams.

In the men’s 400 IM, BYU swimmer and El Salvadorian Olympian Rafael Alfaro won in 3:50.49.

In the 200 free relays, the Scottsdale Aquatic Club took the men’s relay in 1:19.79. That much was not a big surprise (the timing system erred a litlte bit, so we couldn’t get a good read on the splits of either Messerschmidt of His 14-year old teammate Ryan Hoffer). SAC took both 1st and 2nd in the race.

This time, the women’s team won the 200 free relay as well, including a 22.71 2nd leg from Amy Bilquist. The foursome that included three 15-year olds and one 17-year old were a 1:32.95 for the victory.

That means they bested the Colorado Stars relay that included a 22.01 leadoff from Franklin.

Further down the rankings, Jasmine Mau from the Kamehameha Swim team in Hawaii was a 22.36 on a second leg; her team was 9th overall.

Full, live meet results available here.

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How do the Sectional Records date from 1992? I thought USA Swimming didn’t create sectional meets until about 2002?

jean Michel

Well done Missy !!! Barcelona is not far !

bobo gigi

Tyler Messerchmidt is on fire! Great meet for him so far.
It’s the big taper meet of the winter for Missy. So her results are very logical. Another NAG record for her, this time in the 200 free. 1.41.81! Great time. It’s Missy show! 22.01 at the start of the relay. A new PB for her but she must be disappointing to not swim for the first time under 22. I’m waiting now for her 100 back (probably close the 50 seconds) and her 200 IM (finally a big time for her in this race around 1.53). She still has much work to do this weekend.

bobo gigi

Tyler Messerschmidt is on fire! I had forgotten a “s” in his name.

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