Hali Flickinger Wins 200 Fly To Open U.S. Nationals; Just Off Morning Record

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Hali Flickinger was just off of her U.S. Open record this morning but still pulled out a win in the first final of the meet with a 2:06.14. That was .27 off of her morning swim that broke Mary T. Meagher’s record from 1981. The 24-year-old Georgia swimmer led from 100 and didn’t look back, turning at 1:00.01 for a slightly faster out than this morning before fading just a touch relative to this morning on the second 100.

In second was Stanford’s Katie Drabot in 2:07.18, while Regan Smith was just behind her in 2:07.42. That was another huge drop for Smith, who had already taken 2 seconds off of her lifetime best with her morning swim of 2:08.87. That also moves her to #2 all-time for 15-16 year olds, behind Meagher’s old U.S. Open record that she posted when she was just 16.

In fourth was Dakota Luther in 2:08.09, while Olivia Carter (2:09.40), Asia Seidt (2:09.62), Sarah Gibson (2:10.00), and Taylor Pike (2:10.50) rounded out the rest of the A final. 16-year-old Lindsay Looney won the B-final in 2:10.03, dropping about half a second from her time this morning after qualifying 10th.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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