Race Video: Melanie Margalis Puts Up Big Time in 200 IM

Photo by Griffin Scott

Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 11.

Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis put on a show in the big final with a blazing time of 2:10.20.  That swim put her third in the world behind only Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (2:08.21) and Alicia Coutts (2:08.89) this year, and should have more in the tank as she heads to Australia for Pan Pacs.

Stanford’s Maya DiRado ripped off another special swim, this time with a second-place time of 2:10.57.  That performance moved her to seventh in the world rankings.  Meanwhile, California’s Caitlin Leverenz likely earned a spot on the Pan Pacs roster with a third-place time of 2:11.05 to take 13th in the world.

York Y’s Meghan Small, already heading to the Youth Olympics, took fourth in 2:11.83, while BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel placed fifth in 2:12.46.

PASA’s Karlee Bispo (2:12.66), Pleasanton’s Celina Li (2:12.86) and Longhorn’s Madisyn Cox (2:15.02) also competed in the finale.

Aggie’s Sarah Henry had a superb finish to her B final swim to win in 2:13.91.  SwimMAC’s Kathleen Baker finished second in 2:14.05 with Cavalier’s Kaitlyn Jones placing third in 2:14.71.

Bethany Galat, a future member of the Texas A&M Aggies, topped the C final in 2:14.91.  PASA’s Ally Howe wound up second in 2:15.72 with Lakeside’s Leah Stevens taking third in 2:16.24.

A final

B final

C final