Video: Zachary Mollory wins 200 Free at 2014 YMCA Nationals, 1:35.96

2014 YMCA Nationals – Men’s 200 Freestyle – Reported by SwimSwam

Sitting second coming out of prelims, Ocean County’s Zachary Molloy exploded for a big finals swim, going 1:35.66 to break the national record. The old mark was 1:35.96 set by Nicholas Caldwell back in 2011.

Future NC State sprinter Ryan Held showed some endurance, jumping up to second place for Springfield YMCA. Held went 1:36.85, dropping two-and-a-half seconds from his prelims time, which was itself a lifetime-best. That kind of swim coupled with his 19.58 in the 50 free last night means Held is becoming a more and more valuable relay pickup for the Wolfpack with every meet.

Top seed Ben Creekmore wound up third for Upper Mainline YMCA, going 1:37.35. Held’s future college teammate Colin Ellington was 1:37.75 for fourth representing Triangle Area Y.

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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