LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Ikee Sprints To A New World Junior Record

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Japanese sprinter Rikako Ikee, who lowered her own World Junior Record in the 50 meter freestyle this week at the National Sports Festival in Japan.

Touching the wall in 24.33, Ikee took .15 off of her own WJR to set a new mark in the sprint event. That also marks a new national record for the 17-year-old, which brings Ikee’s total number of long course national records to five. Ikee is currently the Japanese national record holder in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles and the 50 and 100 butterfly. The swimmer also owns three long course WJR’s in the 50 butterfly and 200 IM in addition to the 50 freestyle.

Ikee has been a major player on the international stage, both at the junior and senior level. She most recently finished 16th in the semi-finals of the 50 free (24.94) and sixth in the final of the 100 butterfly (57.08). She also won three titles at the most recent FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, where she won three titles in the 50 fly (25.46), 100 fly (57.25), and the 50 free (24.59).

Congratulations Rikako Ikee on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.

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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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