U.S. Olympic Trials: Triumph in 200 Back Hands Maya DiRado Third Rio Ticket

Maya DiRado by Patrick B. Kraemer
Maya DiRado by Patrick B. Kraemer

Maya DiRado pulled away from the field in the 200 backstroke to prevail in 2:06.90, her third win of the week to go with a pair of medley triumphs.

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kevin roose

Given that Dirado has two tough assignments prior to the 200 Back being 200/400 medley will she have enough in the tank to threaten Seebohm ?

Bad Anon

At the Beijing 2008 Olympics Kirsty Coventry won 200backstroke in we time after swimming 200/400IM and 100back as well at age 24… Dirado is 23 and since she’s not swimming 100back will have a full day of rest after 4IM before 2IM prelims and another full day of rest after 2IM final before 2back heats. Schedule is close to perfect for Dirado and I hope she ends her career with multiple Olympic medals

Bad Anon

**Coventry won 200backstroke in world record time

aswimfan

Well, Hosszu, Seebohm and Ustinova are not losing too many sleep now after this result.

Missy’s start and stroke looked much better here than in 100 back, but she still doesn’t have much speed.
Did she flirt with disaster and didn’t fully taper for the OT?
Will full taper in Rio be enough for her to catch up with Hosszu and Seebohm?
That’s a million dollar question.
Yes, literally a million dollar, because if she wins an Olympics gold, she’ll got bonuses not only from USOC, but much more importantly from her sponsors.

Bad Anon

Not fully tapering for Omaha was a huge and costly miscalculation. Missy really cut it close… in 2012 she was 2.06low at trials and fastest in the world that year. her 2.07 high barely scrapes into the top 10 which is a cause for concern. If Seebohm; Hosszu, Hocking all swim best times in Rio Missy may miss the podium altogether… if she cracks 2.06 in Rio that’d be an incredible improvement from trials. my conservative prediction for gold is 2.04high- 2.05low unless someone uncorks a show stopping perfomance. Seebohm and Hosszu will be favorites for gold

kevin roose

FRANKILN has tapered for god sake stop making up excuses for her ………
She said herself in a interveiw Rio Olympic Website ” that the American Trials are a piece of cake compared to the Olympic Games themselves ”
Aswimfan well you got 2/3 correct you said she would likely qualify Rio 100/100 back and 200 free ……

Bad Anon

Kevin Roose,
I think she said the opposite, there is definitely more pressure at trials to make the team than at the Olympics to make the podium for American swimers. We wilk know for sure in Rion if she was fully tapered at trials in a retrospective comparison of times, because no 1.56.18 ~200free and 2.07.89~ 200back will be enough for outside lanes in the Olympic finals and no more……

aswimfan

I watched the video of the race again. Maya diRado is quite high on the water while Missy sitting low, so Missy had to fight water instead of riding on it. This is from the start to finish. Definitely a technical issue.

Craig Lord

Maybe so, BadAnon but that should not affect a swimmer of Franklin’s standing and experience and is most likely irrelevant to what we’re seeing. On ‘pressure’: taking second berths (and even first berths in a few cases) at US Trials would not have secured selection for some other nations, whose swimmers face just as much ‘pressure’, sometimes from the standard of competition in the lanes alongside them and sometimes from the clock and the time standards set by selectors. That issue is not something that applies only to the USA and its trials.

kevin roose

Bad Anon yes your right she did say the opposite ……typo

Yozhik

I am not sure if this second place is a good thing for Franklin and we should be happy for her. Maybe it would be better for her image if she stepped aside by finishing third, losing gracefully with small margin to young swimmer. It’s happened to many at this Trials. Grevers for instance or Lochte. It would be better then finishing disappointingly seventh in Rio or not even making final. I don’t know what’s happening to her. Could be she isn’t healthy now. Or as asf suggested she wasn’t tapered/rested.
Let’s think that she is still capable to deliver at the most important meets and this one wasn’t just of that kind.

Bad Anon

Struggling in the 100back and failing to make the team in that event ( losing medley relay swim in the process) set Missy up for a huge confidence crisis this whole meet…. Me thinks compared to Omaha 2012, where she had so much easy speed, this time around even cracking 2.08 in the 200back was a struggle…., doing so only just 2.07.89 for 9th in the world… The speed just isnt there… She’s had to race tough to punch Rio tickets while compatriote Ledecky is going 8.10 with a 2 beat freestyle kick, almost efforlessly….
Still 5weeks to go…. Quite true that Britain probably had the toughest selection times for swimmers, France too making trials meets all the more nerve wrecking, but depth of USA swimming and sudden death format makes the meet equally cut throat…. Its interesting that Usain Bolt is applying for medical exemption because of Jamaican flexible qualifying regulations…. The silver lining 3 swims for Missy 200free/back and 800free relay… Coaches could always pick her for prelim swim in the 400free relay , so she could win up to 4 medals… Outside 800free relay, a gold medal will be tough for Franklin

Eugene Chc

aswimfan, answer is very simple.
Her training much increased from 2012, but taper the same. And of course it not work.
She must be faster in Rio, if not Schmitz again 15k per day on high altitude.

Yozhik

On the other hand if to put emotions aside and to look at facts soberly she accomplished almost everything that was planned where she was expected to have good chances competing internationally (200 fr/bk). Maybe she indeed wasn’t fully tapered saving it for big moments. The only real failure was not making relays where she was historically one of the most valuable contributor. She was good in Kazan at 100 fr and this team is desperately needed one more under 53.5 swimmer.
So we can get back to usual state of living with the unfulfilled expectations of Missy Franklin’s great results that are promised to be just around the corner.
The only hope left that she wasn’t tapered and can show in a month more than she did at Trials.

Eugene Chc

I expected even worse results, if other coaches help, then she cam swim 2.06 low.

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