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Athens Bulldog’s Melanie Margalis was behind Island’s Sarah Darcel after the butterfly leg, but she pulled away after that on her way to a dominant, 3.55-second victory. Margalis finished in 2:10.43, just behind Japanese swimmers Rikako Ikee and Ruma Imai. Margalis’ previous season best had been a 2:11.06 from the Austin Pro Swim Series meet in January.
Finishing second was Darcel in 2:13.98, and Great Britain’s Hannah Miley took fourth in 2:15.51. Just behind her was another Brit, Abbie Wood, who touched in 2:15.72.
China’s Ye Shiwen, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the event, finished fifth in 2:15.78, and she was followed by three swimmers all competing in their second final of the night: Island’s Hilary Caldwell (2:16.78), Canada’s Kayla Sanchez (2:18.15) and Club Wolverine’s Miranda Tucker (2:18.45).