The mood was a little different than your typical sectional meet. I wouldn't call it electric- the place was pretty quiet. But all across the pool coaches and swimmer were whispering to each other. They wanted to know what they were going to get from Laure.
We got our answer off the 4th wall. I took the above picture right around the moment that Laure decided that she was going to win. She put on a burst and for a moment it was like she never went away. Megan Romano had a counter move and pushed her down the stretch. Laure finished with an incredibly respectable 1:59.3.
Of course, not 15 minutes later she had to swim the 100 back. Romano won that by a .1 despite a strong mid pool push from Manadou. You can see from the below photo the field was considerably closer