FINA CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES 2019 #3 – INDIANAPOLIS
- May 31 – June 1, 2019
- Indianapolis, IN
- LCM (50m)
- 7 pm ET
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Following her statement at the Budapest stop of the FINA Champions Swim Series that she would likely not be competing in the 200 free at Worlds, Sarah Sjostrom pulled off a rare feat in the LCM 200 free – a negative split. At the Indianapolis stop of the Champions Series, Sjostrom came in 3rd with a relatively tame (for her) 1:57.92.
She was out well behind the field (Penny Oleksiak, Leah Smith, and Melanie Margalis), turning at the 100 mark in 59.12. Sjostrom then posted a 30.59 on the 3rd 50, which actually tied Oleksiak for the slowest split in the field on that 50. She then exploded coming out of the final turn, tearing to a 28.21 on the final 50, marking the fastest split in the field by over 1.5 seconds. That marked a 59.12/58.80 negative split for Sjostrom.
For context, that final 50 split is faster, considerably, than even Federica Pellegrini split when she swam her world record time of 1:52.98 (28.60). As far as I can tell, Sjostrom’s 28.21 split is faster than any of the final 50 splits in the top 25 performances all-time in the world. Although Sjostrom has proven to be one of the best 200 freestylers in the world, boasting a 1:54.08 personal best, it’s interesting to see one of the biggest women’s sprint talents in the world currently finishing a 200 free with so much speed.
Sjostrom said in May that she likely would not be including the 200 free in her event schedule for Worlds in July. “…It’s already a very busy schedule for me already with the 100 fly, 100 free and also the 50 free and 50 fly, so I need some days for recovery, I am not 15 anymore so it’s a little difficult for me to do too many events.” She does not, however, completely rule out swimming the race in Gwangju.