Kathleen Baker cruises to easy win in 200 IM at US nationals

July 29, 2018 - 9:03 pm

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Kathleen Baker won her third individual event at the U.S. national championships, racing to victory by 1.11 seconds in the 200-meter individual medley.

Baker won in 2 minutes, 8.32 seconds Sunday night, lowering the U.S. Open record of 2:08.66 set by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 2015. Her time was also the fastest in the world this year.

She qualified to swim three events at next month's Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo, after setting a world record in the 100 backstroke and tying for first in the 200 back.

Olympian Chase Kalisz won the men's 200 IM in 1:55.73, fastest in the world this year.

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