2021 SPEEDO SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS – IRVINE
- August 3-7
- William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine, CA
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Website (USA Swimming)
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream (USA Swimming)
- Day 2 Finals Live Recap
14-year-old Teagan O’Dell of Irvine Novaquatics posted a 2:09.57 in the 200 meter backstroke at the West Summer Championships Wednesday to win the event. This is the second-fastest 200 backstroke swam by a 13-14 year-old in history.
Now, O’Dell is ranked behind only 6-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin.
O’Dell split the race 31.70 / 33.07 / 32.67 / 32.13 by 50 meters, finishing strong into the wall to take 1.13 seconds off her lifetime best time from early January.
This swim follows O’Dell’s victory in the 100 freestyle final on Tuesday where she swam a55.82, the 5th fastest time ever posted by a 13-14-year-old.
Among the all-time fastest 15-16 year-olds in the event, O’Dell’s time would rank her 12th, directly behind Eva Merrell.
15-year-old Maggie Wanezek of Elmbrook Swim Club also competed in the 200 backstroke final, posting a 2:11.56 to rank herself #25 out of the all-time fastest 15-16 year-olds in the event. She finished in 2nd place behind O’Dell.
Wanezek was ahead at the first turn, going out in 31.45 and splitting the rest of the race 33.99 / 33.49 / 32.63.
She took down her lifetime best time from 2019 Summer Nationals by about 1.2 seconds and beat her time from the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II by nearly 3 seconds.