Prolo Breaks 200 Fly Pool Record From 200 Free Heat; BYU Beats Denver

BYU at Denver

  • Friday, January 15, 2021
  • El Pomar Natatorium, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Full results
    • Women: BYU 172 – Denver 71
    • Men: BYU 196 – Denver 39

BYU set two pool records in a dominating road win over Denver. Brad Prolo set the 200 fly pool record while swimming in a heat of 200 freestylers.

The pared-down event lineup didn’t feature 200s of fly, back, or breast. But Prolo took 4th in the men’s 200 free event, swimming the race butterfly and going 1:47.46. That took down the El Pomar Natatorium record at the University of Denver.

Prolo is a Brigham Young sophomore coming off of two gap years. In 2018, he starred at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, earning the Freshman Swimmer of the Year award. Prolo is typically a breaststroker, taking second at the MPSF Championships in the 200 breast that year.

His teammate, junior Josue Dominguezbroke Denver’s pool record in the 100 breast with a 52.79 late in the meet.

Brigham Young swept all 13 men’s events and 12 of 13 women’s events. Denver’s Aysia Leckie was the lone event winner for the home team. She went 24.16 to win a hard-fought 50 free title by a tenth.

Other notable event winners:

  • BYU’s Tyler Edlefsen swept the distance events, going 4:47.95 in the 500 free and 9:50.11 in the 1000 free.
  • His teammate Payton Plumb won the 200 free (1:41.78) and 100 back (51.12).
  • Katie McBratney won twice for the BYU women: she was 1:03.70 in the 100 breast and 2:05.36 in the 200 IM.

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2 years ago

I’m being nitpicky, but since he competed in the 200 free event, wouldn’t that mean it will be logged as such since officials weren’t checking for butterfly rules? Or do pool records have more relaxed criteria for breaking them?

Monday Morning Grind
Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

Likely down to the opposing coach (home team) to decide. If I were them, saw the race with my own eyes, and could verify that it was swum according to the rules of a 200 butterfly, I think the honorable thing to do would be to ratify it.

Dave Burleigh
Reply to  Monday Morning Grind
2 years ago

I’m not so sure. Being 4th in a heat of freestylers might be a big advantage compared to being 1st in a heat of butterfliers. Nice swim, but if it were my pool record he broke, I wouldn’t appreciate the unequal ground. I don’t think it would be dishonorable to not ratify it. Alternatively, maybe put an asterisk next to it. Maybe host a fall invite next year to clean the slate.

JP input is too short
2 years ago

I think Prolo was Freshman of the Year and 2nd in the MPSF in 200 breast in 2018, it looks like. Probably went on a mission trip for a couple of years as some of the BYU guys are wont to do.

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