Phelps swims 200 breast for fun (Video Interview)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

100 breaststroke national champion Andrew Wilson of Longhorn Aquatics posted the top qualifying 200 breaststroke time of the morning in 2:09.84. That swim moved Wilson into 19th in the FINA world rankings in this event, and makes him the 4th fastest American of 2015.

Wilson’s time will give him lane 4, right next to his summer training partner, Will Licon. Licon dropped a best time of 2:10.10 for the 2nd seed heading into finals ahead of BJ Johnson (2:11.92).

A pair of international swimmers, Craig Benson (2:12.14) and Michael Jamieson (2:12.17), took 4th and 5th. Benson went head-to-head with Michael Phelpsthis morning in heat 11. Phelps held his own against Benson, proving that he can compete nationally in even his “off events.” He was the 6th fastest qualifier in 2:12.68, smashing his previous best of 2:15.06 from 2007.

Across his career, Phelps has already won national titles in every other stroke. If he chooses to swim the event tonight, he could become the 2nd swimmer in history to have won American national championships in all four strokes.

Mizzou graduate Sam Tierney qualified seventh in 2:12.71, followed by Cal’s Chuck Katis (2:13.11).

Other notable swims include Avon Community’s Chandler Bray’s 2:14.55, the 2nd fastest swim in 15-16 age group history. The 15-16 NAG record holder in that event, Reece Whitley, qualified 10th with a 2:13.42, just a second slower than his NAG record swim from last week’s Juniors.

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Jo

He’ll probably scratch the evening. Like her said, he accomplished what he came here to do. I think that swimming the finals in the 200 breast is not necessary for him. The prelims were good enough. Plus, it’ll allow a younger swimmer to gain that experience in the meet.

Jon Nap

He’ll probably scratch the evening. Like he said, he accomplished what he came here to do. I think that swimming the finals in the 200 breast is not necessary for him. The prelims were good enough. Plus, it’ll allow a younger swimmer to gain that experience in the meet.

fina BITES

If you want Phelps to swim the finals, somebody get LeClos to Tweet that Phelps can’t beat Wllson and Licon and that he should just stay quiet now.

Spieker Backer

Or this tweet could be just as effective lol

Brendan Hansen: “Half tempted to talk smack to @MichaelPhelps just so he drops a sub 2:10 in the 2 brst tonight hahaha #USNats”

Mama Phelps: “@BrendanHansen @SwimmingWorld @MichaelPhelps Really Brendan!”

Alec

Actually the funniest thing I’ve read all day!! Chad outta get on it so that Micheal can just get another gold for the fun of it

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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