ORLANDO, Florida, February 15. SWIMMAC’s Micah Lawrence nearly matched her fourth-ranked season best of 2:25.73 from Austin as she pulled away from the field with a sizzling final 50 split in the 200 breast. She raced her way to a 2:25.97 this evening, obliterating the meet record of 2:29.58 set by Martha McCabe a year ago.
BlueFish’s Laura Sogar, who is sixth in the world with a 2:26.14 from Austin, touched second overall in 2:28.32 as she just beat 100 breast winner Alia Atkinson (2:28.34) to the wall for third.
Bolles’ Olga Lapteva picked up fourth-place honors with a 2:35.45, while Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo earned fifth overall in 2:35.54.
T2’s Justine Mueller (2:35.60), Clearwater’s Sydney Pickrem (2:36.21) and California’s Caitlin Leverenz (2:38.12) also competed for the title this evening.
T2’s Ashley Wolter edged Mexico’s Esther Gonzalez Medina for the consolation heat win, 2:35.67 to 2:35.78.