Danas Rapsys’ Small Changes Lead to Big In-Season Swims (Video)

FINA CHAMPIONS SWIM SERIES 2019 #3 – INDIANAPOLIS

Reported by James Sutherland.

MEN’S 200 FREE

  1. Danas Rapsys, LTU, 1:45.56
  2. Townley Haas, USA, 1:47.09
  3. Gabriele Detti, ITA, 1:47.29
  4. Pieter Timmers, BEL, 1:48.74

Lithuanian Danas Rapsys completely took over the men’s 200 free race on the back half, picking up his second straight win in the event for the series after losing a close battle at the first stop against Sun Yang.

Leading at every wall with splits of 24.57, 51.45 and 1:18.63, he stormed home in 26.93 for a time of 1:45.57, putting him second in the world for 2019 behind only Russian Martin Malyutin (1:45.46). He was also only four-tenths off his National Record of 1:45.12 set last year.

Townley Haas, making his series debut, held off a late charge from Italian Gabriele Detti (1:47.29) to hang on for second in 1:47.09. Not only was the swim a new season-best for Haas, it was also his fastest time ever outside of a major international or U.S. Nationals/Trials competition.

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2 years ago

That 2:14 200 Back was a big swim for sure…regardless he is going to be dangerous in the 200 and 400

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