Bailey Andison’s 2:09.99 200 IM Highlights Last Night of Speedo Sectionals

Bailey Andison (photo: Mike Lewis)
Bailey Andison; Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Canadian Bailey Andison went 2:09.99 in the 200 individual medley at the Speedo Sectionals at the IUPUI Natatorium and Elkhart, Indiana, the final day of the four-day event.

Andison cut more than three seconds off her seed time to go 2:09.99. The 23-year-old, representing Indiana Swim Club, set a meet record, downing the time of 2:14.13 from 2007 belonging to Ava Ohlgren. It’s also one of the top 10 times in the world since the start of 2019. For comparison, her countrywoman Sydney Pickrem went 2:08.70 to win bronze in the event at the 2019 World Championships, and Andison’s time would’ve made the A final at both of the last two World Championships.

Andison, who spent three years at Denver University before her senior year at the University of Indiana, is coming off a strong season with the D.C. Trident in the International Swimming League.

The women’s 100 freestyle turned into an intriguing race, won by Kelsi Dahlia in 56.02. The 26-year-old Cardinal Aquatics swimmer’s time was .01 quicker than 16-year-old Kristina Paegle, while third was Gabi DeLoof in 56.29.

Zach Apple won the men’s 100 free in more decisive fashion, going 48.89. It’s a meet record, displacing the 50.35 set in 2009 by Evan Ryser. Second was Andrej Barna in 49.48 with Indiana’s Tomer Frankel, fresh off the men’s NCAA Division I Championships, third in 50.08.

The men’s 200 IM went to Thomas Cope, who won in 2:01.93, a meet record. Second was William Modglin in 2:013.16, a hundredth ahead of Cope’s Club Wolverine teammate Charlie Swanson. Lucy Malys won the women’s 1,650 freestyle in 16:47.56. Bennett McDade claimed the men’s 800 free in 8:18.16.

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