Campus Corner

Former Lawrence High swimmer Emma Reaney breaks NCAA record

Updated: 2014-02-24T22:17:58Z

The Kansas City Star

Former Lawrence High swimmer Emma Reaney, competing for Notre Dame, set the NCAA and American record in the 200-yard breaststroke last weekend with a time of 2 minutes, 4.34 seconds during the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Reaney’s time topped two Olympic gold medalists. It was .14 seconds faster than the previous record holder, Breeja Larson of Texas A&M, who won gold as part of the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team in London. The defending gold medalist in the 200-meter breaststroke, Rebecca Soni, held the U.S. 200-yard record before Larson. Reaney was .41 seconds faster than Soni’s record, set in 2009.

“I dropped about a second off my best time,” Reaney said Saturday night. “We’ve been discussing taking it out faster, and my coach has been telling me that if I am under a minute in the first 100, I am going to go 2:04, and that’s what happened tonight.”

Reaney also set school records in winning the 100 breast and the 200 individual medley, earning most valuable swimmer honors at the meet and helping the Irish to a sixth-place finish.

Deal Saver Subscribe today!


The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here