Video Interview: Katie Meili Wins First National Title

Photo Courtesy: Peter Bick

Weeks after winning her first international gold medal at the Pan American Games, Katie Meili returned to domestic waters and captured her first National title in San Antonio. Meili clocked 1:06.55 in the women’s 100 breast to take a tight victory over Lilly King, who touched in 1:06.69 for second place.

After the race − and a quick detour to swim in the B-final of the 50 free − Meili spoke to Swimming World’s David Rieder about her swim. She discussed how it felt to come back down to the National level after the international experience, how she felt the 100 breast stacked up domestically headed into the Olympic year, and her upcoming immediate plans for racing.


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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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