Smith’s 1:59.38 showing lowers his previous PB of 1:59.56, set way back at the 2017 World Juniors, and ranks him 13th in the world this season.
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Baker finished in 2:10.30, moving past Cox to become the 2nd-fastest swimmer in the world this year, with only Kaylee McKeown (2:08.23) ahead of her
Abbey Weitzeil put up solid performances in San Antonio, taking a win in the 50 free and claiming 2nd behind Olivia Smoliga in the 100 free
Class of 2013 Texas alumnus Austin Surhoff (above) posted 2 new lifetime bests to place 2nd in the 50 free (22.54) and 3rd in the 100 free (49.76).
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Zach Apple began to close on him down the stretch and employed his patented straight arm technique over the closing meters.
Murphy becomes the 6th-fastest man in the world with a 1:56.82. The fastest Murphy has ever been in January came in 2016 at 1:55.99.
Smoliga admits she expected to break 2:00 in the 200 free in San Antonio, and that swimming 3 of them in 1 day was more of a mental challenge than anything
The top 4 finishers in the men’s 100 free from Richmond were faster than the San Antonio final. Meanwhile, Kathleen Baker’s 200 IM is now #2 in the world.
Ryan Held comes into the final of the men’s 100 freestyle as the top seed on the last night of action in San Antonio.
Ashley Twichell will contest in the 1500 free tonight while the men’s 100 free will feature Justin Ress, Michael Chadwick, Coleman Stewart, and David Curtiss.
Kieran Smith put on a dominant display in the final of the men’s 400 free. “I like a little bit of pressure,” he said post-race, “Pressure makes diamonds.”
Nick Alexander and Baylor Nelson (pictured) dropped the 200 IM final in Richmond, where they were seeded 1-2 after prelims, to focus on the 200 back final.
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