Swimming against the American record holder in the 200-meter freestyle, Katie Hoff claimed the mark for her own at the Missouri Grand Prix.
Her time of 1 minute, 56.08 seconds topped the time set last year by Natalie Coughlin, who could only watch from the lane to Hoff's right as the Towson swimmer recovered from a poor start and began her assault. Hoff had a half-length on Coughlin at the first turn and made it almost a full length by the end of the race.
Afterward, Hoff swam over and gave Coughlin a hug.
Yesterday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, Hoff set an American record in the 400-meter freestyle and won the 100-meter freestyle.
In making the 200 freestyle mark her own, Hoff is now the third-fastest swimmer in the event. Laure Manaudou of France set the world record 1:55.52 a year ago at the FINA World Championships. At the same event, Germany's Annika Liebs posted the second-fastest time, 1:55.68.
Later today, Hoff will compete in the final of the 400-meter IM.