Hardest and Easiest 200's

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Hardest and Easiest 200's

Post by JonSnow » Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:38 pm

Going through old conference meets had me pondering the age old question of which 200 event is the most difficult to the majority of swimmers. Obviously, a stroke or freestyle specialist would have their biases in place but I'm curious to see a wider net of opinion over the entire forum. If anyone is feeling strong enough to rank the 5 in order, by all means go for it.

Which of the:
- 200 Freestyle
- 200 Backstroke
- 200 Butterfly
- 200 Breaststroke
- 200 Individual Medley

is the hardest 200 and which is the easiest?

(My vote: the 2 fly narrowly edges out the 2 back as the hardest. Then 2 Free, 2 Breast and the 2 IM is the easiest relative to the rest)
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Re: Hardest and Easiest 200's

Post by Milhous » Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:48 pm

As one who has experience in all five of those events, I feel as though you have the general grasp of the difficulty level however I have a few changes to the list for my own personal opinion.
My list (hardest to "easiest") is as follows: 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 free and 200 I.M.
Easiest is of course in quotes because the 200 free and IM are still some of the harder events you can swim in a meet, however relative to the other 200's they are (in my opinion of course) some of the lighter ones in the pack.

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