Renshaw Rules Sheffield With New British Record In SC 200 Breaststroke


While competing at the 2016 ASA Winter Nationals meet in Sheffield, newly-minted short course World Champion Molly Renshaw fired off a new British National Record in her pet event, the women’s 200m breaststroke.

2:18.51 is what it took Renshaw to claim gold in Windsor, beating out Canada’s Kelsey Wog by just .01 of a second. That mark by itself stood just .07 off of her own national record of 2:18.44 set in 2015. But tonight at Ponds Forge, Renshaw was able to take her 200m breaststroke racing to a completely new level, touching in the fist sub-2:18 mark of her career. Her 2:17.98 performance tonight scorched her previous record and clinched gold for the Loughborough-based swimmer.

Splits: 1:06.37/1:11.61 = 2:17.98

Renshaw has proven herself to be the premier female British breaststroker, having already finished 4th at the 2016 European Short Course Championships followed by a 6th place finish in the 200m in Rio. She holds the national record in the LCM version of the 200m breast with her 2:22.33 semi-final result in Rio.

Of her performance tonight, Renshaw commented, “It’s nice to come here and swim with a little less pressure than last week. Hopefully this has got the momentum going for 2017, and I’m hoping my long course season will be just as good.”

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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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