VIDEO: Watch John Shebat’s 1:58 200 IM Time Trial at Universiade


  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
  • Entry Lists & Live Results

SwimSwam has received video of the early-morning 200 IM race by Texas Longhorns John Shebat and Sam Stewart on Saturday at the 2019 World University Games/Summer Universiade.

This morning, Texas assistant coach Wyatt Collins posted on Instagram that Shebat swam a 1:58.28 in an *unofficial* 200 IM time trial. Sam Stewart, who was racing for Texas until mid way through last season, also swam the race, though Collins’ post made no mention of his swim.

At the time this morning, we didn’t have race video to verify Wyatt’s watch, but now we do. After multiple times to try and get an approximate average, we believe that Wyatt’s watch was right on the number.

In my 3 clockings, I averaged out to a 1:58.29. Robert’s numbers came in a hair slower, 1:58.53, but still within a reasonable margin of error given the angle of the video. Collins can be seen pacing the side of the pool, furthest from Shebat, so his angle wasn’t perfect either.

Ultimately, the time doesn’t count for anything more than confidence and bragging rights, so this all adds up to “close enough” to declare Shebat’s 1:58-low in the 200 IM as a good time. I clocked Stewart about 2.1 seconds behind Shebat, or around a 2:00.4.

Shebat’s time was faster than event champion Juran Mizohata of Japan went in the final (1:58.88), while Stewart’s time would have probably put him 4th or 5th.

Both swimmers, the 2 American entries in the race, were disqualified in prelims. Our reporters tell us that Shebat was called for a 1-handed touch on the breaststroke-to-freestyle turn, while Stewart was called for being past vertical on his backstroke-to-breaststroke turn.

For transparency, here is our clocked data:

Braden1 Braden2 Braden3 BradenAvg Robert1 Robert2 Robert3 RobertAvg
fly 24.02 23.9 24.01 23.98 24.4 24.26 24.11 24.26
back 30.06 29.58 29.81 29.82 29.72 29.73 29.53 29.66
breast 34.29 34.8 34.48 34.52 34.36 34.5 34.86 34.57
free 30.04 29.89 29.99 29.97 30.13 29.93 30.05 30.04
total 1:58.43 1:58.19 1:58.29 1:58.29 1:58.61 1:58.44 1:58.55 1:58.53

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That fly leg though!
His 100 Fly at nationals could be real good…


23.9-24.2 seems crazy fast to open up 200 IM. Yes makes you wonder what is 100m fly could be at nationals. 51.0 seems in reason.


Did someone check if they were doing illegal turns etc during the timed trials as well? Would it still count if they were doing the same moves that got them disqualified to begin with ?


It doesnt count anyways. Only a confidence booster for him and a talking point for us.


It’s not a FINA recognized time. That wasn’t the point. It was John and Sam to see what they could do going 100%


I thought the point was that he got disqualified .. so I’m merely asking whether they checked his technique which got him disqualified to begin with .. otherwise there won’t be a need for a time trial if he didn’t get a DQ

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