Swim(s) of the Week: Bentz & Licon Swim Long Course 400 Fly & 400 Breast

Disclaimer: Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Swim of the Week is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

Which is harder: a 400-meter butterfly or a 400-meter breaststroke?

Texas pro group training partners Gunnar Bentz and Will Licon can debate that topic and draw on personal experience after last week’s TXLA Kickoff.

Bentz, a Georgia grad and 2016 U.S. Olympian, and Licon, a Texas grad and former NCAA champion, now train together out of the postgraduate group at the University of Texas. And in a home meet last week, both took on some unorthodox events.

Bentz and Licon entered the 400 free in the long course meters meet. But Bentz swam the race all butterfly and Licon swam the race entirely breaststroke.

Bentz was 4:22.22 in the 400 fly, going 2:08.99 over his first 200 and 2:13.23 over the second half. He swam the race remarkably well, descending the last three 100s and closing the race with some pep in a 32.2 final 50. Here’s a breakdown of his splits by 50, 100, and 200:

Gunnar Bentz 400 Fly

50 Splits 100 Splits 200 Splits
400 Time
28.49
32.84 1:01.33
33.56
34.10 1:07.66 2:08.99
33.77
33.14 1:06.91
34.04
32.28 1:06.32 2:13.23 4:22.22

Licon’s swim may have been even more impressive. He was out in 2:16.33 – a time that would rank #27 among all Americans this season as a standalone 200 breast. Licon kept his 50 splits stable in the 35s save for one slip into the 36s. He went 2:22.51 over the second 200, including a 1:10 closing 100.

Will Licon 400 Breast

50 Splits 100 Splits 200 Splits
400 Time
31.07
34.20 1:05.27
35.29
35.77 1:11.06 2:16.33
35.71
36.57 1:12.28
35.21
35.02 1:10.23 2:22.51 4:38.84

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Enchantedrock
1 month ago

dang

‘21
1 month ago

400 fly is 100% harder

Kitajima Fan
Reply to  ‘21
1 month ago

This man will never understand the agony of an 800 breast for time in the middle of practice

‘21
Reply to  Kitajima Fan
1 month ago

I suck at br so I’m a little biased but you can stretch out your strokes for br fly is just miserable

sven
Reply to  ‘21
1 month ago

If you’re giving an honest effort, I really think the breast is harder. Yeah, it is probably easier for most people to coast a 400 breast but racing quality breaststroke would hurt more after 400 meters than fly IMO.

Also extremely impressed that Licon went out under the Trials cut and then basically held pace the next 200. Hope it translates well for him to the real race this summer. I was pulling for him in 2016 and gutted when he didn’t make it.

Thomas
Reply to  sven
1 month ago

It’s too bad he dropped the 4IM (it seems) because this 400 breast could translate to a monster back half.

MaggieMacNeilWalker
Reply to  ‘21
1 month ago

In LCM, from toughest to easiest:
400 Fly
400 Breast
400 IM
400 Free
400 Back

Justanotherfreestyler
Reply to  MaggieMacNeilWalker
1 month ago

If you swim a 400 back LC and can walk afterwards you simply didn’t go hard enough

usaswimerror
Reply to  Justanotherfreestyler
1 month ago

Yeah, I’d put a 400 back just behind the 400 fly.

Hswimmer
1 month ago

I think Licon will make 200 breast and Fink.

JimCorbeau
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Licon cruising’ those 35 50s all day long….

USA 4x100 Medley Gold Medel 2021
Reply to  JimCorbeau
1 month ago

He was 2:07 at Pan Ams right?

Hswimmer
Reply to  JimCorbeau
1 month ago

Right

Hank
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

What about Reece Whitley?

Swimmer1
Reply to  Hank
1 month ago

Lol that’s funny

Last edited 1 month ago by Swimmer1
Hswimmer
Reply to  Hank
1 month ago

No

Time Keeper
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Going to come down to the touch between Licon, Wilson, and Fink. Someone will be heartbroken. I think one of them may pull away and go 2:07 low and the other two will be 2:07 mid

Thomas
Reply to  Time Keeper
1 month ago

No Prenot?

Time Keeper
Reply to  Thomas
1 month ago

Its possible but just hasn’t produced times like the other 3 in the past 3 years

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