Lisa Bratton Breaks 200 Back Games Record to Win Gold Medal at World University Games

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

USA’s Lisa Bratton lowered the meet record in the 200 back final on Friday night at the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy. Bratton swam a 2:07.91 to lower the meet record that USA’s Asia Seidt set in the semi finals at 2:08.81. She ended up winning the gold medal ahead of Seidt, who broke that record again in the final at 2:08.56 for the silver medal. Bratton is now the second fastest American for 2019 behind Regan Smith.

The two Americans were well in front of the rest of the field as the bronze medal went to Great Britain’s Chloe Golding (2:09.57).

The United States has shown to have tremendous depth the last few years in the women’s backstroke events and Bratton and Seidt have thrown their names in the mix to try and make the Olympic team next year. It may be a long shot with the likes of Smith, Kathleen Baker, Isabelle Stadden and Olivia Smoliga, but a 2:07 is still a world class time. Bratton swam collegiately at Texas A&M University while Seidt will be a senior at the University of Kentucky this fall.

Moldova’s Tatiana Salcutan finished in fourth place at 2:10.86. American-based swimmers Sonnele Ozturk (Auburn) of Germany and Kennedy Goss (Indiana) of Canada finished in fifth and seventh. Ozturk was a 2:11.02 for fifth while Goss was seventh at 2:12.00.

Great Britain’s Kathryn Greenslade (2:11.62) was seventh while Japan’s Marina Furubayashi (2:13.02) was eighth.

Results:

  1. Lisa Bratton, USA, 2:07.91, UR
  2. Asia Seidt, USA, 2:08.56
  3. Chloe Golding, GBR, 2:09.57
  4. Tatiana Salcutan, MDA, 2:10.86
  5. Sonnele Ozturk, GER, 2:11.02
  6. Kathryn Greenslade, GBR, 2:11.62
  7. Kennedy Goss, CAN, 2:12.00
  8. Marina Furubayashi, JPN, 2:13.02

2019 American Rankings:

  1. Regan Smith, 2:06.47
  2. Lisa Bratton, 2:07.91
  3. Kathleen Baker, 2:08.08
  4. Hali Flickinger, 2:08.36
  5. Asia Seidt, 2:08.56
  6. Isabelle Stadden, 2:08.67
  7. Phoebe Bacon, 2:09.33
  8. Alex Walsh, 2:10.03

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