Race Video: Caitlin Leverenz wins 200 IM, Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando

Race Video is courtesy of USA Swimming.

2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando


After an international-dominated 800 free to start the session, it was the Americans who rolled their way to a 1-2 finish in the 200 IM: a race dominated by top-flight breaststrokers. Caitlin Leverenz continued to transition her IM toward more of a front-half swim (she used to be famous for her back-half prowess).
She was out almost a full second in front of the field, which left St. Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis to play catchup.

She did make up some ground on the breaststroke (three tenths) and the freestyle (three tenths), but ran out of room as Leverenz took the win and the big cash prize in 2:11.40. Margalis placed 2nd in 2:11.68, and the Brit Miley, right off of her swim in the 800 free, was a contextually-impressive 3rd place in 2:13.55.
Another highly-placing York YMCA swimmer, Meghan Small, was 4th in 2:14.93, and Katie Hoff placed 5th in 2:15.44.

There was a significant dropoff after Hoff to British 15-year old Georgia Coates in 2:18.05.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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