Kathleen Baker Wins 200 IM In New U.S. Open And Championship Record

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Newly minted world record holder Kathleen Baker had a lights out swim in the 200 IM to close her meet tonight, setting new a U.S. Open and championship record in the event en route to a dominant win. Baker led from start to finish, recording a time of 2:08.32 that bested the field by more than a second and cut three seconds off of her previous best time of 2:11.58 from the Mare Nostrum tour this year. That time also makes Baker the fastest 200 IMer in the world so far for 2018.

In second was Melanie Margalis with a 2:09.43, who punched her ticket to Pan Pacs in her last available event. Third was Ella Eastin, who has been battling mono but still managed to post a 2:10.84, only 3-tenths off of her lifetime best. Eastin will have to wait and see how the rest of finals shakes out to find out if it will earn her a spot on the Pan Pacs team.

Second seed Evie Pfeifer was fourth in 2:11.53, followed by Megan Small (2:11.65), Alex Walsh (2:12.36), Brooke Forde (2:12.80), and Emma Barksdale (2:13.62).

 

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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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