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Botsford Breaks 200 Back Am. Record! -- March 18, 2000 200 Back start

Beth Botsford of Arizona led from the start and paced a well swum race to break her own American Record with a time of 2:06.70, just a bit off the World Record of 2:06.09 by Cihong He of China. Shelly Ripple of Stanford stayed within striking distance the entire way but just couldn't hit another gear over the last 50 and finished runner up (2:08.01). Keegan Walkley of Georgia was third (2:08.63). Misty Hyman of Stanford who missed qualifying for the finals, smoked the consol heat in 2:08.72 which would have placed her 4th if she had been in the big heat.
1. Botsford, AZ 2:06.70 (American Record)
2. Ripple, Stan 2:08.01
3.Walkley, GA 2:08.63
4. Knapp, AZ 2:08.99
5. Mihalik, GA 2:10.98
6. Aveyard, Ill 2:11.53
7. Murphy, USC 2:11.63
8. Svensson, CIN DQ