2018 U.S. National Championships
- Wednesday, July 25 – Sunday, July 29, 2018
- William Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine, CA
- Prelims 9 AM / Finals 6 PM (U.S. Pacific Time)
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Josh Prenot of California Aquatics clocked the number 1 time in the world for the 2017-18 season in winning the men’s 200 breast title at the U.S. National Championships on Thursday night with 2:07.28. While the 2018 meet has been very fast, it had yet to produce a world-leading time. Until Thursday night.
Prenot, the fastest-ever American in the distance with a National Record of 2:07.17, is the fourth top performer of all time, among all nationalities. His swim in Irvine ranks as the 9th performance in history, giving him two of the top 10 times ever swum in the 200 breast.
|Fastest Performances Ever||200 Breast|
Prenot split his race 29.13-32.38-32.67-33.10 for a 1:01.51/1:05.77. He hammered down on the third 50 after what he felt was a “soft” second 50, mentioning in the post-race interview that he always has “something to work on.” Prenot was pushed throughout the entire race by Andrew Wilson. Wilson led by half a body length at the 100 wall but Prenot pulled ahead at the 150 and never looked back. Wilson touched second in 2:08.71, coming to the wall 1/100 ahead of his teammate Will Licon.