Pelton Breaks American Record in the 200y Back


National Teamer Elizabeth Pelton set an American record Sunday in the women's 200 yard back at the Maryland Swimming Championship Meet in Annapolis, Maryland.


Pelton's time of 1:49.16 beat the time of 1:49.52 set by Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin at the NCAA Championships in 2002.  Pelton’s previous best time of 1:50.51 was from December 2010.


Pelton, who competes for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, moved from fifth to second all-time in the event, trailing only Great Britain’s Gemma Spofforth.  Her time ranks third on the all-time list, behind Spofforth's U.S. Open record of 1:48.34 and Spofforth’s 1:49.11, both from 2009.