Performance Of The Week: Miereia Belmonte’s 200 Butterfly

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Spanish Olympian Miereia Belmonte picks up Swimming World’s Performance of the Week for this week for her performance in the 200 butterfly at the 2016 Summer Spanish Open. Touching the wall in 2:07.27, Belmonte was just about a second off of her fourth ranked time in the world in the 200 butterfly (2:06.34) from March. While the time was off of her best from the season, it came in the midst of the heavy program that had the versatile swimmer competing in multiple events over the course of the meet. All told, Belmonte won five events over the course of the meet, including the the 400 freestyle (4:05.57), 800 freestyle (8:24.77), 1,500 freestyle (16:01.00), and 400 IM (4:36.89).

What makes Belmonte’s 200 butterfly significant is how wide-open the women’s event is internationally. The 25 year old’s best time is a 2:04.78 from the 2013 World Championships, and back at the 2012 London Olympics one of Belmonte’s two silver medals came in the 200 butterfly where she finished in 2:05.25 behind China’s Jiao Liuyang. Currently, the top time in the world is a 2:05.47, which was recorded by Australia’s Madeline Groves back in April. We haven’t seen a fully rested 200 butterfly from Belmonte yet in 2016, but with a 2:06 and 2:07 already under her belt, expect her to be a serious medal contender in Rio.

Congratulations Miereia Belmonte on earning 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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