Olympic champion and backstroke swim star Kathleen Baker is back. She swam faster this November at the Greensboro Pro Swim than she did at the 2019 World Championships. There no surprises there considering the endless health challenges she’s battled since the spring, including pneumonia and a broken rib, putting her out of the water for seven weeks. Slowly getting back in shape, Baker herniated a disc in June, knocking her out of training for an eighth week on the run-up to World Championships.
Way too early predictions for U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials:
Baker is back after banking some base-work this fall. I think she’s right at this best 100m back time, 58.00, and I’m thinking she dips under slightly. I want to see a 57.9. I think that’s second to Regan Smith, the current world record holder. Baker in 200 back? I don’t know. We’ll check in late spring 2020 on that race.
Women’s 100m back should be one of the most competitive races at U.S. Trials with a deep field of talent. Baker will be fighting for slot on the U.S. Olympic Team, but who cares what I think. What do you think?
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