ORLANDO, Florida, February 15. AFTER finding her way this morning, making sure to hold some in reserve for the night, Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu blasted the meet record in the butterfly with a 2:08.47 as she cruised through the finale for her third title.
Her time smashed the previous record of 2:09.63 set by Audrey Lacroix last year, and vaulted herself to fourth in the world this year. Her previous season best had been a fifth-ranked 2:09.35, but she leapfrogged Lacroix’s 2:09.18 from Austin to take the title.
Lacroix, meanwhile, finished a full second back with a 2:09.47, which would have been phenomenal if not for Hosszu’s scorcher . Canada’s Katerine Savard, the 100 fly victory, rounded out the podium with a third-place 2:10.94.
Chattahoochee Gold’s Lauren Case, 15, placed fourth overall in 2:14.25, a second off her personal best, while California’s Caitlin Leverenz clinched fifth overall. Metro’s Isabella Paez finished sixth in 2:14.99, while GPAC’s Delaney Walz, 15, posted a seventh-place 2:15.26. That’s a huge personal best for Walz, dashing her previous time of 2:16.76. Lake Erie’s Kaitlyn Johnson rounded out the championship heat with an eighth-place 2:18.33.
If Gator’s Andreina Pinto steps up to the blocks during a consolation heat this weekend, there’s a good chance that she’s walking away with the win. Already with a handful of consolation victories last night, Pinto picked up the 200 fly with a 2:12.62.