Markus Rogan Sets World Record In 200 Meter Backstroke

Dec. 8, 2005

Trieste, Italy - Using a stellar back half of the race, former Stanford All-American swimmer Markus Rogan established a world record in the 200 meter backstroke on Thursday during the first day of the European Short Course Championships. Rogan covered the distance dorsal in 1:50.43, lowering the former record of 1:50.52, set by Aaron Peirsol in October of 2004.

Rogan, who won the silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke and 200 meter backstroke for Austria at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, split 26.56 at the 50-meter mark and hit the wall at the halfway point in 54.86. Rogan, who was a two-time NCAA champion in the 200 yard backstroke (2002) and the 200 yard individual medley (2002) for Stanford, then turned on the burners in the back end of the race, taking the lead at the 150-meter mark in 1:22.27. Rogan kept pushing to the wall and claimed victory over Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin, who touched in 1:50.77. ™™

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