Schmitt sets U.S. Open record in Austin
The story of night at the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite was provided by Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) in the 200m free. On the second night of finals in Austin, Texas, Schmitt not only set a pool record that she currently held but her time of 1:55.04 in the 200m free set the U.S. Open record and was just .08 seconds off of her American record in the same event.
After breaking the pool record in the 100m free (53.94) on the first night of competition, Schmitt threw down the second-fastest time in the world for the 200m free, trailing France’s Camille Muffat’s 1:54.87 at this year’s French Championships. Later in the 50m free, her time of 25.40 was good for a second place finish.
In other races on the second night of finals, Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) won the 400m medley in 4:15.88 while Cammile Adams (Cypress, Texas) swam a personal best on the women’s side with a 4:38.27. Dax Hill (Round Rock, Texas) won the men’s 200m free in 1:50.06. Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) took the gold in the women’s 200m back in 2:08.74 while Stanford’s Matt Thompson was the top male in 2:00.49. Topping Schmitt in the 200m free was Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in 25.23. Closing out the night was George Bovell’s 22.11 in the men’s 50m free.
The Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center concludes on Sunday with prelims beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT and finals starting at 5:30 p.m. Click here for live results.