Reported by Robert Gibbs.
200 YARD BUTTERFLY – FINALS
NCAA record: 1:37.97 Joseph Schooling (Texas) 3-25-2016 American record: 1:38.06, Jack Conger (Texas) 3-25-2016 U.S. Open record: 1:37.97 Joseph Schooling (Texas) 3-25-2016
- 2016 NCAA Champion: Joseph Schooling (Texas) – 1:37.97
Senior Jack Conger earned his first individual title in the last individual race of his NCAA career, and he did it in record fashion, setting the fourth US Open and American Record of the evening. Conger went out in 21.65, way ahead of record pace, built a body length lead by the 150, and ultimately touched in 1:37.35, over six-tenths faster than the previous US Open Record, set by Conger’s Texas teammate Joseph Schooling at last year’s NCAA.
California swimmer Zheng Quah and Andrew Seliskar ran 2nd and 3rd behind Conger for most of the race. Quah held his place, touching in 1:38.83, which makes him the 3rd-fastest swimmer ever, behind only Conger and Schooling. Georgia junior Gunnar Bentz is known for strong final 50s no matter what the event, stormed home in 25.25, almost a second faster than anyone else in the field, to pick up 3rd in 1:40.07. Teammate Pace Clark touched in 1:40.41, followed by NC State’s Andreas Vazaois in 1:40.80. Seliskar’s faded to 6th, finishing in 1:40.91. Arizona’s Justin Wright took 7th in 1:40.94, while Georgia’s Chase Kalisz was disqualified for a false start.