Andreas Vazaios Takes Down Own Greek National Record in 200 IM

2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2

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Greece’s Andreas Vazaios has lopped off about a half second from his own 200 IM national record of 1:58.92 with a 1:58.47 to win the first semifinal heat at the 2016 European Championships. His old record was done in the 200 IM prelims of the Kazan World Championships last summer.

  • Vazaios, Kazan, 2015: 25.63 – 29.98 – 34.51 – 28.80 | 1:58.92
  • Vazaios, London, 2016: 25.58 – 29.49 – 34.24 – 29.16 | 1:58.47

The difference came on the front end for Vazaios, who was powered by a strong backstroke leg primarily.

Vazaios’s 1:58.47 seeds him in lane 4, the top lane, for the 200 IM final tomorrow night. He has only one other competitor that was under 2:00 in the semis, and that was Portugal’s Alexis Manacas Santos with a 1:59.93 to win the 2nd semifinal.

The 22-year-old Vazaios will start his NCAA career at NC State this fall after transferring out from a Greek university. The Wolfpack will surely benefit from this addition, as Vazaios’ 1:58.47 converts to a 1:43.84 short course yards. He contested the 50 fly prelims though did not swim it in semifinals, and will race the 100 fly later in the meet.

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Victor P

Does anyone give any credence to the time conversion tool. I’ve so many way off estimates, it’s a little ridiculous. Needless to say, Vazaios certainly looks like the heavy favorite for gold tomorrow. I think he’ll swim 1:57 low, possibly faster. He looked comfortable today.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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