Siobhan Haughey Swims Second-Fastest Time Ever in Women’s 200 Freestyle

Jul 28, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (HKG) reacts after placing second in the women's 200m freestyle final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Siobhan Haughey -- Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports

Siobhan Haughey Swims Second-Fastest Time Ever in Women’s 200 Freestyle

Through her first six appearances in the 200 freestyle this ISL season, Siobhan Haughey was undefeated, and the fifth playoff match was no different as she dominated the field and won by 3.71 seconds. This time, Haughey was under world-record pace at the 100 and 150-meter splits, and she ended up recording the second-fastest time in history in the event.

Haughey finished in 1:50.65, clipping her ISL record of 1:50.66 set at her previous match by one hundredth, and that was the second-fastest time in history. Only Sarah Sjostrom, her Energy Standard teammate, has ever been faster. Sjostrom’s world record stands at 1:50.43, set more than four years ago in the same pool in Eindhoven. Haughey, who won the 100 free earlier in the day, has an excellent chance to top that world record in next week’s ISL final as Energy Standard looks to reclaim its league title first won in 2019.

“Coming into this race, I wasn’t really expecting much. I’m a little sick right now, but I guess it doesn’t really matter,” Haughey said on deck after the race. “I know I can definitely go faster. I stil have another week to recover and train a little bit and work on the details, so I’m excited for the final.”

DC Trident’s Joanna Evans finished second to Haughey in 1:54.36, and she was the only other swimmer to keep points as Haughey jackpotted six swimmers for a 30-point jackpot. Those jackpotted included LA Current’s Madison Wilson, who was third in 1:55.22.

The race extended Energy Standard’s lead to an amazing 78 points (460-382), just a handful of events after London held the lead.


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