Video edit – Coleman Hodges
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MEN’S 100 Breaststroke – Reported by Jared Anderson
The men’s breaststroke was one of the tightest races of the night. Mike Alexandrov and Brazil’s Felipe Lima went shoulder-to-shoulder the entire way, with the race coming down to who could time their finish better. Both seemed to come into the wall just a bit oddly – Alexandrov elected to take one short stroke into the finish while Lima lengthened out his glide instead of taking another stroke. It was Alexandrov’s quickness that won out as he touched the wall first in 1:01.71 to Lima’s 1:01.85.
Tennessee post-grad Brad Craig pulled another half second off his prelims time to take the final money-earning spot in 1:02.68. He had to fight off Alexandrov’s Trojan teammate Azad Al-Barazi for the spot though; Al-Barazi was 1:02.85.
The B heat went to Melquides Alvarez Caraballo of Spain in 1:03.74. That nipped Canadian Andrew Poznikoff by two tenths. After them was former Louisville Cardinal Carlos Almeida and 14-year-old pro Michael Andrew, who went 1:04.47, a little more than a half-second off his own NAG record.