Hali Flickinger Takes Down Mary T Meagher’s Meet Record in 200 Fly To Start Phillips 66 Nationals

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It didn’t take long for the 2018 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships to see the records fall in Irvine. In the women’s 200 fly heats, Hali Flickinger blasted a 2:05.87 to smash the meet record of Mary T. Meagher from all the way back to 1981. It was easily the oldest Nationals meet record on the books.

Flickinger moved to second in the world rankings for 2018 behind Great Britain’s Alys Thomas (2:05.45) and is now the third fastest American all-time in the event.

2018 World Rankings

  1. Alys Thomas, GBR, 2:05.45
  2. Hali Flickinger, USA, 2:05.87
  3. Laura Taylor, AUS, 2:06.80
  4. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 2:07.09
  5. Franziska Hentke, GER, 2:07.21
  6. Katie Drabot, USA, 2:07.30

All-Time Rankings

4. Mary Descenza, USA, 2;04.14 (2009)
16. Kathleen Hersey, USA, 2:05.78 (2012)
17. Susie O’Neill, AUS, 2:05.81 (2000)
18. Hali Flickinger, USA, 2:05.87 (2018)
19. Misty Hyman, USA, 2:05.88 (2000)
20. Cammile Adams, USA, 2:05.90 (2016)

Flickinger now sits behind Mary Descenza (2:04.14) and Kathleen Hersey (2:05.78) in the all-time rankings for the United States.

Flickinger also moved to 18th all-time in the world rankings behind Susie O’Neill (2:05.81) of Australia and just ahead of American Misty Hyman (2:05.88).

Katie Drabot of Stanford posted the second fastest time of the morning with a 2:07.30 as she moved to sixth in the world rankings for 2018.

Regan Smith (2:08.87), Dakota Luther (2:09.25), Sarah Gibson (2:09.54), Olivia Carter (2:09.80) and Asia Seidt (2:09.90) qualified for the A-Final tonight.

There was a tie for eighth place between Lillie Nordmann (2:10.30) and Taylor Pike (2:10.30) as the two will swim off for the last spot.

Pike won the swim-off with a 2:10.07 and will have lane eight for tonight’s A-Final.

Notable A-final misses were Katie McLaughlin in 10th (2:10.53) and Ella Eastin in 12th (2:10.81).

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4 comments

  1. Pat Kennedy

    Congratulations Hali, great swim!!

  2. Andrew McCulloh

    She might be ready for this meet…