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

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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