Vanessa Pearl Moves to #3 All Time in 17-18 200 Breast


Metroplex Aquatics’ Vanessa Pearl, a highly-touted high school standout who will swim as part of the University of Florida’s class of 2022, posted a time of 2:25.97 to finish 5th in the 200 breast A final tonight in Indy. That time makes her the #3 all-time performer in U.S. 17-18 history.

Pearl was ranked 14th in the 17-18 age group with a 2:27.70– she swam that time this morning in prelims. Tonight, she took nearly two seconds off of that mark with her 2:25.97 tonight. Before this meet, Pearl’s best was a 2:28.64.


33.45 36.93 (1:10.38)

37.51 38.08 (1:15.59)

Pearl was out hard, and she was able to come home strong, too. She is now just one hundredth ahead of Olympian Caitlin Leverenz’ time from 2008, a 2:25.98. Meanwhile, she has just a bit to go to take over Amanda Beard’s time of 2:25.35 from back in 2000.

Take a look at the top swimmers in 17-18 history below:


  1. Lilly King 2:24.47
  2. Amanda Beard 2:25.35
  3. Vanessa Pearl 2:25.97
  4. Caitlin Leverenz 2:25.98
  5. Miranda Tucker 2:26.08
  6. Andrea Kropp 2:26.18
  7. Rebecca Soni 2:26.27
  8. Laura Sogar 2:26.41

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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