Texas sophomore Will Licon picked up his second individual NCAA title of the meet, touching out two-time defending NCAA champion and American record holder, Kevin Cordes. Licon finished with the fourth fastest time in history of 1:49.48. Cordes finished second with the fifth fastest time in history at 1:49.53.
Tonight also marks the first time in history that two swimmers went under 1:50 in the same race. Licon became the second swimmer ever to break 1:50 this morning, but Cordes didn’t do it with him.
Their race strategies were much different. Take a look at their splits below:
- 27.65 (52.04)
- 29.23 (1:49.53)
- 27.11 (52.17)
- 28.76 (1:49.48)