Minna Atherton Pops Meet Record in 200 Back at 2015 FINA World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: Singapore Swimming Federation

Australia’s Minna Atherton kept on rolling with another victory, this time with a meet-record effort in the women’s 200-meter backstroke at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Atherton, who already tied the World Junior record in the 100-meter back yesterday, won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in a time of 2:09.11.

Atherton just managed to beat a strong top three with China’s Liu Yaxin (2:09.44) and Canada’s Taylor Ruck (2:09.49) also clearing the previous meet record of 2:09.74 set by Kylie Stewart back in 2013.

Those three swims put the top three among the top five 18-and-under swimmers in the world this year.

The swims pale in comparison to Daria K. Ustinova’s World Junior record of 2:07.29 from the Russian Nationals in Moscow, but are still fast compared to the rest of the world.

18&Under World Rankings According to USA Swimming Stats

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Canada’s Meryn McCann finished fourth in 2:10.34, while USA’s Claire Adams could not replicate her time from Nationals with a fifth-place 2:10.50.

Russia’s Irina Prikhodko (2:10.64), Great Britain’s Rosie Rudin (2:12.23) and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai (2:12.51) also competed in the finale.


  • Women’s 50 fly semis
  • Men’s 50 free semis
  • Women’s 200 back finals
  • Men’s 100 fly finals
  • Women’s 100 breast semis
  • Men’s 50 back semis
  • Women’s 100 free finals
  • Men’s 800 free finals
  • Mixed 400 free relay finals


Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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