PHOENIX, Arizona, July 29. IT’S not easy picking the best swim of the past week, with the Commonwealth Games giving us so many options, and the various national age group records in the United States impressing us as well. I’m sure you will disagree with our choice, but we’re going with the 2:08.21 swum by Siobhan-Marie O’Connor in the 200 individual medley on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games.
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O’Connor has been making some big strides this year, winning the British national title in the spring, then posting the second-fastest time of the year during the Mare Nostrum tour about a month ago. Little did we know that the 18-year-old was primed to drop more than a second off her lifetime best to become the fastest swimmer in the event in 2014 … though three big international meets are yet to take place this year.
O’Connor was a finalist at the world championships last summer, finishing in eighth place after touching second halfway through the race. It appears she’s learned a lot about the 200 IM in the year since then, and now we wait to see how that time stacks up with the rest of the world. Her time from last Sunday would have won silver at worlds last year, and now we look to what is expected to be a bright future for Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. She started out as primarily a breaststroker but developed all of her strokes very well, including her freestyle. She won silver in the 200 free at the Commonwealth Games, and should be someone to watch in that event as well in the next two years.
Congratulations to Siobhan-Marie O’Connor! You’ve won the Speedo Performance of the Week.