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.