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WOMEN’S 200 breaststroke – Reported by Jared Anderson
SwimMAC’s Micah Lawrence rode a huge final 50 to a come-from-behind victory in the women’s 200 breast. The national teamer was third at the hundred mark and just barely second at the 150 before ripping off a 36.7 final 50 to fly past the leaders to go 2:25.97. Blue Fish’s Laura Sogar went out fast, leading by a full second at the 100 with Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson second. But Lawrence was not only the only swimmer under 39 on the final leg, she was the only swimmer under 38 and 37 as well, coming from nowhere to fly past Sogar for the win.
Sogar held on for second, going 2:28.32, while Atkinson took third just behind in 2:28.34. Those three were clearly checked out from the field early on to put up their entertaining showdown.
Olga Lapteva, 16, of the Bolles School Sharks went 2:35.45 for fourth place, touching out 24-year-old Venezuelan Mercedes Toledo by a tenth. T2′s Justine Mueller wound up sixth, ahead of Clearwater 16-year-old Sydney Pickrem and Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz.
The B final went to T2′s Ashley Wolter in 2:35.67.