U.S. Nationals: Madisyn Cox Dominates I.M. Taking Home Second National Title

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Women’s 200 I.M. (Madisyn Cox)

Madisyn Cox is on fire at this years 2019 national championships. Cox defended her seed time from this morning, shaved time off her FINA national ranking, and took home her second national championship title. Cox brought home the freestyle leg in a solid 31.15, finishing at 2:10 flat.

Behind Cox was Metroplex Aquatics swimmer, Vanessa Pearl. Pearl sprinted to the wall at the last 50 of the event and got her hand on the wall at 2:12.49.

Taking home a bronze medal in the event was Marlins of Raleigh swimmer Julia Poole. Hitting the wall at 2:12.53, Poole was just shy of out-touching Pearl.

University of South Carolina graduate Emma Barksdale posted a time of 2:13.06. Post collegiate retirement, the Gamecock Aquatics swimmer has still specialized in the I.M. and breaststroke events, and was also a finalist in the 400 I..M. at this years national championships.

Evie Pfeifer finished in fifth place with a time of 2:13.17. The outside smoke swimmer in this A-final made waves at competitions earlier this year as well when she took home a silver medal in the women’s 400 I.M. at World University Games. Depsite the fact that Pfeifer was not on top of her best time, she had one of the fastest backstroke splits in the event at 33.46.

Sixth place went to Scottish swimmer and Olympian Hannah Miley, finishing with a time of 2:14.07.

Right behind Miley, representing Australia, was Calypso Sheridan. Sheridan was ahead of Miley for the first three legs of the race, but lost momentum on the freestyle portion and fell behind posting a time of 2:14.55.

Wrapping up the top eight finalists was 15-year-old Justina Kozan. The Brea Aquatics swimmer finished about three seconds behind Sheridan at 2:17.25.


SWIMMING WORLD’S MEET PAGE FOR 2019 Phillips 66 US National Championships


2019 World Rankings:

  1. 2:07.02, Katinka Hosszu, HUN
  2. 2:08.60, Ye Shiwen, CHN
  3. 2:08.61, Sydney Pickrem, CAN
  4. 2:08.64, Rika Omoto, JPN
  5. 2:08.80, Yui Ohashi, JPN
  6. 2:08.91, Melanie Margalis, USA
  7. 2:09.94, Kaylee McKeown, AUS
  8. 2:09.97, Kim Seoyeong, KOR
  9. 2:10.00, Madisyn Cox, USA
  10. 2:10.23, Miho Teramura, JPN