Krayzelburg Sets New Trials Record in 200 Back

By Kari Lydersen
Photos by Michael Collins

World record-holder Lenny Krayzelburg held off a challenge by 17-year-old Aaron Peirsol to win the 200 back in 1:57.31, breaking the 1:57.93 Olympic Trials record Peirsol had set in the semi-finals. Krayzelburg's world record of 1:55.87 was set last August.
Peirsol was out fast in 56.92 to Krayzelburg's 56.57, and at the 150 Peirsol was only .26 behind the world record holder. But both tired at the end, with Peirsol finishing in 1:57.99.
Peirsol's coach, Dave Salo, also coaches Amanda Beard, who took second in the 200 breast right before Peirsol's swim. Krayzelburg, 24, swims for Trojan and won the 100 back earlier in the meet.
Brian Walters was third in 1:59.58, Marc Lindsay fourth in 2:00.27, Tate Blahnik fifth in 2:00.62.
Brad Bridgewater, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in this event, was sixth in 2:00.67. Joey Faltraco seventh in 2:01.79 and Daniel Shevchik eighth in 2:02.82.

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Aaron Peirsol and Lenny Krayzelburg will represent USA in 200 Back in the 2000 Olympics.

Lenny Krayzelburg leads Aaron Peirsol to the finish of the 200 Back final with a new Olympic Trials record.

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