Toussaint Obliterates Dutch National Record In 100 Backstroke

2018 FINA WORLD CUP – SINGAPORE

Dutch swimmer Kira Toussaint could already count the Singapore stop of the 2018 FINA World Cup Series as succesful, taking back her National Record in thewomen’s 50m backstroke on night 1 of racing. But, the 24-year-old kept on trucking with a new national standard in the women’s 100m backstroke on night 2, beating stacked competition  en route to joining the sub-56 club.

Toussaint chose to hang back during this morning’s 100m back prelim, notching a casual 58.61 to claim the 4th seed. She chose the right time to turn on the jets, though, crushing a new personal best of 55.92 to represent the only swimmer in the final to delve under 56 seconds. The former Tennessee Volunteer showed she wanted this win, firing off the fastest opening split of the field in 26.91.  She closed solidly in 29.01 to produce a winning effort of 55.92.

Her time obliterated her previous career-fastest and Dutch NR of 56.21 Toussaint registered at the 2017 European Short Course Championships. She earned silver at that event, but was tonight’s gold medalist ahead of Aussies Minna Atherton and Emily Seebohm, who finished with respective times of 56.21 and 56.47.

For her efforts, Toussaint now ranks as the 3rd fastest performer in the world heading into Hangzhou. She also ties American Courtney Bartholomew as the 7th fastest performer in history.

2018-2019 SCM WOMEN 100 BACK

EmilyAUS
SEEBOHM
10/05
55.81
2Olivia
SMOLIGA
USA55.8612/16
3Kathleen
BAKER
USA55.9109/29
4Kira
TOUSSAINT
NED55.9211/16
5Minna
ATHERTON
AUS56.0411/10
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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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