Siobhan Haughey Hits 1:54.8 In 200 Free, World’s #3 Time This Season

Siobhan Haughey swam a career-best 50 free and the world’s #3 200 free of the season at the Hong Kong Festival of Sport Time Trial.

The meet took place on April 18 in Hong Kong. Haughey swam a trio of freestyle events in the long course meters meet, including the fastest 50 meter free of her career.

Full results (long course meters / LCM) available here

Haughey went 24.83 in the 50 free. That shaves .02 off her career-best, set back in 2019. Haughey was already the national record-holder there, and lowers her own Hong Kong mark.

The 23-year-old Haughey also won the 200 free, going 1:54.89. That’s only about four tenths of a second off her own national record. The time ranks #3 worldwide this season, behind only Katie Ledecky‘s 1:54.40 and Yang Junxuan‘s 1:54.70.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
04/09
1:54.40
2Yang
Junxuan
CHN1:54.5705/04
3Siobhan
Haughey
HKG1:54.8904/18
4Ariarne
Titmus
AUS1:55.4304/15
5Emma
McKeon
AUS1:55.5603/21
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Haughey also won the 100 free in 53.65 – only about three tenths of a second off her best time and national record.

The Hong Kong Festival of Sport had a fairly small swimming field, with only a handful of athletes per event. Ming Ho Cheuk went 3:50.53 to win the 400 free. That took two and a half seconds off his own national record. He won the 200 free in another national mark: 1:47.97.

The meet also featured Ian Hothe national record-holder in the men’s 50 free. He won the 50 free in 22.48, about three-tenths off the Hong Kong national mark he set in the summer of 2019.

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john26
25 days ago

wasn’t Haughey also 1:54.4 this past year as well? It’s often missing in the rankings

Troyy
Reply to  john26
25 days ago

I don’t think it counts because it was just a time trial. Also I think it was before the start of the 2020-2021 season?

Jackman
Reply to  john26
25 days ago

That was in August 2020, so think it may not be included

Verram
25 days ago

It’s looking like it would take a 1:53 swim in Tokyo to guarantee a medal ..

Kudzai
Reply to  Verram
25 days ago

Perhaps the gold medal… Ledecky definitely needed a 1.53.73 to hold off Sjostrom for the Olympic gold in Rio…. 200free always a tactical race…. It will be fast in Tokyo…. Perhaps all medallists will be in the 1.54 range…. May take a 1.55high/1.56.0 to make the final though…. Will be a great race definitely

Yozhik
Reply to  Verram
25 days ago

Why do you think so. All major 200 FR players besides Ledecky are around their usual end-of-training-season marks.
Pellegrini hasn’t forced herself in 200 yet but she swam 53 in 100 and that is prerequisite for her to be 1:54 swimmer.
Sjostorm and Rock have not shown yet what they are up to this season but there are also no indications of them to be under 1:54.

Andy
Reply to  Yozhik
25 days ago

Sjorstrom won’t recover in time from her elbow break for a 200 distance event…

Yozhik
Reply to  Andy
25 days ago

And even if she gets to her perfect form she may not race 200FR remembering how costly it’s happened to be in Rio. But she does have 1:54.08 and she has more than anybody else performances among first ten best (including Pellegrini’s suit results). So it would be irresponsible for any medal contenders in this event just ignore her as a potential competitor.

Last edited 25 days ago by Yozhik
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
25 days ago

She can’t even do a pushup yet. I think you can ignore her for the 200 without disrespecting her. I doubt she could break 2:00 right now. She’s progressing, but she lost two inches of muscle mass on that arm.

Yozhik
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
25 days ago

Well, Sjostrom lost her muscles, Ruck was under 1:55 last time three years ago. The only sprinters left who can possibly go under 1:54.5 (if they got lucky) are Haughey and McKeon.
Not that exciting, I would say.
Longer distances swimmers like Pellegrini, Titmus and Ledecky are having similar second half. So the competition will be who of them swims faster first 100.
Kind of weird – middle/long distance swimmers will be competing basically in sprint. The podium at 200FR can become very predictable.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Verram
25 days ago

Only two female swimmers have gone sub 1:54.00 in the women’s 200 meter freestyle wearing a textile suit.

Chad
25 days ago

I’m predicting the podium will go Ledecky, Titmus, Haughey (in that order). I can see Ledecky getting just under that American record as well. Her speed work has been improving like crazy for someone out of college and I don’t think a 1:53.5 is out of the question once she tapers.

kevin
Reply to  Chad
25 days ago

Emma will get the third spot , lets wait for the American and Aussie trials before u start picking the winner

Chad
Reply to  kevin
25 days ago

Obviously I’m just making this prediction trying to speculate on what the Aussie performances will be like. I think Haughey will have the slight edge. No way I’m waiting until June to start making my speculative predictions lol

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  kevin
25 days ago

Tell that to GMM.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Chad
25 days ago

Way too early to tell.

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