VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 20. WHITNEY Myers shattered Katie Hoff’s prelim meet-record time of 2:12.45 en route to claiming the 200-meter IM crown over Hoff at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships. Not only did Myers tear through the course in a record-time of 2:10.11, she nearly eclipsed the drug-tainted world record of 2:09.72 held by Wu Yanyan since 1997.
Furthermore, Myers came up a scant .06 seconds shy of Hoff’s American record time of 2:10.05 recorded at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships earlier this month.
“I had no idea I was going that fast until I heard the crowd in the breaststroke,” Myers said.
Hoff and Myers went toe-to-two in the race as Hoff took a 28.49 to 28.60 during the butterfly leg. Myers made her move in the backstroke to take the lead at 1:01.58 to 1:02.12. Myers stretched her lead during the breaststroke to 1:39.31 against Hoff’s 1:40.14, before bringing it home in the freestyle leg to set the championship record.
Meanwhile, Hoff finished the event with a silver medal after clocking a 2:11.51, while Australian Stephanie Rice picked up bronze in 2:13.21.
In the consolation heat, American Ariana Kukors hit the wall in 2:12.22 for the win with a time that would have given the U.S. a medal sweep if not for the two-per-country rule.