MELBOURNE, Australia, December 30. ACCORDING to a story in the Melbourne Herald Sun, Jessicah Schipper has expressed confidence in her ability to take down the world record in the 200-meter butterfly. She plans to better the standard of 2:05.61, held by Poland’s Otylia Jedrzejczak, at the Commonwealth Games Trials, which begin at the end of January.
The silver medalist at last summer’s World Championships in Montreal, Schipper produced the second-fastest time in history with a mark of 2:05.65. But, Jedrzejczak produced her global record in the same race, albeit amid major controversy. Several cameras positioned at the wall showed Jedrzejczak finishing with an illegal one-hand touch. At the World Champs, Schipper complemented her silver in the 200 fly with gold in the 100 fly and 400 medley relay.
"It's definitely in my mind, I'm definitely training for it," Schipper said in the newspaper story. "Really, it's just a (personal best) for me and if I could just do PBs at the Games I would be happy with that. But if I don't get it then it's not the end of the world, I've still got a long time yet. I do think it would be pretty exciting to do it in Melbourne."
At the Commonwealth Games Trials, Schipper plans on swimming the 50, 100 and 200 butterfly events, along with the 200 and 400 freestyles. Her forays into the freestyle disciplines are mainly to stay prime, as she is not considered a leading contender to land berths to the Commonwealth Games in either of those events.