KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, February 18. A day after taking a run at Julia Smit's American record in the women's 400-yard IM, Florida's Elizabeth Beisel joined the 1:49 club in the women's 200-yard backstroke at the Southeastern Conference Championships held in Knoxville, Tenn.
Beisel ripped off a sterling time of 1:49.82 in the distance dorsal to move to fourth all time in the event, and become only the fifth swimmer under 1:50. Gemma Spofforth (1:48.34), Elizabeth Pelton (1:49.16), Natalie Coughlin (1:49.52) and Kate Fesenko (1:49.92) at the other swimmers to clear 1:50, with Pelton nearly beating her American record yesterday with a 1:49.17.
Previously, Beisel owned a top time of 1:51.55 that placed her 11th all time in the event. That swim took place as a freshman at last year's SEC Championships.
Event 32 Women 200 Yard Backstroke
NCAA: N 1:48.34 2/21/2009 Gemma Spofforth, Florida
American: M 1:49.16 3/3/2011 Elizabeth Pelton, North Baltimore
US Open: O 1:48.34 2/21/2009 Gemma Spofforth, Florida
SEC Record: S 1:48.34 2009 Gemma Spofforth, Florida
1:53.37 A NCAA A
1:59.24 B NCAA B
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
=== A – Final ===
1 Beisel, Elizabe FR Florida-FL 1:53.22 1:49.82 A 20
25.89 53.64 (27.75)
1:21.71 (28.07) 1:49.82 (28.11)