Race Video: Dominique Bouchard wins 200 Back, Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando

Race Video is courtesy of USA Swimming.

2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando


Canadian Dominique Bouchard, who trains at the University of Missouri, was dominant from start-to-finish in the women’s 200 backstroke, swimming an electric 2:08.99 – her lifetime best by six-tenths of a second – still six weeks out from the Swimming Canada World Championship Trials.

Bouchard is renowned for how good she is in the last 100 meters of this event, but as her 100 continues to improve, so too does the front-half of her 200. While the overall swim improved her best by six-tenths of a second, the front half of this swim for her was almost a full second faster than she was in her previous best at Pan Pacs.

Fellow Canadian Hilary Caldwell took 2nd in 2:12.06; she also split this race very well, going 33-mids on her second, third, and fourth 50’s. Great Britain 17-year old Charlotte Evans completed the medalists with a 2:14.25 for 3rd – just missing a personal best of her own.

Once again, the York YMCA swept in and ended the Commonwealth run, with Kacey Oberlander placing 4th in 2:15.34, which starts her long course season off with the fifth-best time of her career after a breakout summer.
Duke commit Maddie Hess was 5th in 2:16.63, and another pair of York swimmers, Meghan Small (2:17.23) and Courtney Harnish (2:17.86) took 6th and 7th, respectively.

Camryn Forbes from the Butler YMCA won the B-Final in 2:16.81.


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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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