Race Video: Joao de Lucca wins 200 Freestyle, Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando

Swimming Video / Race Video courtesy of Universal Sport’s Network, a SwimSwam partner.


Anyone who followed college swimming the past several years will know exactly what we mean when we say Joao de Lucca swam a Joao de Lucca race.

The former Louisville star has a penchant for scorching through the front half of a 200 free, burning away his biggest competitors and then hanging on for the win despite some obvious pain. Just as he did so many times at the NCAA level, de Lucca went out with some major guts and held on for a dominant win in 1:47.98.

He topped a pair of tough Americans for that title. US Olympian Conor Dwyer was second in 1:48.94, and 2014 Wolverine grad Michael Wynalda turned in a 1:49.47 for third.

Wynalda’s Club Wolverine training partner Bobby Hurley, an Australian, went 1:49.80 for fourth, the last guy under 1:50 on the night.

The Woodlands/Texas Longhorn’s Michael McBroom went 1:50.59, touching out Dion Dreesens of SwimMAC (1:50.64) and Kyle Whitaker, another Michigan grad, (1:50.75) for fifth. Rounding out the A final was SwimMAC’s French swimmer Greg Mallet in 1:54.96.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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