Li Bingjie Wins 200 Free Final in Austin

Photo Courtesy: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya

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China’s Li Bingjie made some heads turn when her name popped up on the psych sheet of the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin. Li is just 15-years-old and is one of the best swimmers in the world. She swam in front of the Austin crowd with a 1:56.96 in the 200 free on Thursday night for what is assumed her first swim on American soil. Li beat a solid field that included Melanie Margalis (1:58.23) and Taylor Ruck (1:59.26).

Kayla Sanchez (1:59.79), Claire Rasmus (2:00.38), Katie Portz (2:00.71), Rebecca Smith (2:00.78) and Shen Duo (2:02.33) also competed in the championship final.

Margalis picked up points for Natalie Coughlin‘s swim squad.


 Event 9  Women 200 LC Meter Freestyle
=========================================================================
        World: W 1:52.98  7/29/2009 Federica Pellegrini
     American: A 1:53.61  7/31/2012 Allison Schmitt
         Meet: M 1:54.43  2016      Katie Ledecky
         Pool: P 1:54.43            Katie Ledecky
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Li, Bingjie      15 CHINA-ZZ          1:59.45    1:56.96        
             28.00        57.76 (29.76)
        1:27.64 (29.88)     1:56.96 (29.32)
  2 Margalis, Melan  26 Saint Petersburg  1:59.06    1:58.23        
             28.59        58.65 (30.06)
        1:28.75 (30.10)     1:58.23 (29.48)
  3 Ruck, Taylor     17 HPCO-ZZ           2:00.43    1:59.26        
             27.80        58.40 (30.60)
        1:29.15 (30.75)     1:59.26 (30.11)
  4 Sanchez, Kayla   16 HPCO-ZZ           2:00.85    1:59.79        
             28.20        58.70 (30.50)
        1:29.28 (30.58)     1:59.79 (30.51)
  5 Rasmus, Claire   21 Texas A & M Univ  2:00.65    2:00.38        
             28.66        59.05 (30.39)
        1:30.07 (31.02)     2:00.38 (30.31)
  6 Portz, Katie     19 Texas A & M Univ  2:01.32    2:00.71        
             28.58        58.79 (30.21)
        1:29.84 (31.05)     2:00.71 (30.87)
  7 Smith, Rebecca   17 HPCO-ZZ           2:01.02    2:00.78        
             27.85        58.76 (30.91)
        1:29.84 (31.08)     2:00.78 (30.94)
  8 Shen, Duo        20 CHINA-ZZ          2:01.37    2:02.33        
             28.56        59.13 (30.57)
        1:31.20 (32.07)     2:02.33 (31.13)
2 Comments

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Lane Four

    I’m telling you now. This young woman is the real deal. If anyone is going to defeat Ledecky in a 400 or 800 or 1500 race, it is this athlete. She is still young with a bright future. I am sure Ledecky is training with Li in her thoughts to push harder and faster. I wish them both the best of luck. Their races could become epic battles.

  2. avatar

    well at least we know know why Leah Smith pulled out of the Austin Meet….just saying

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