Watch: Litherland Chase Down Dwyer in 200 Free in Santa Clara


The 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series stop in Santa Clara is now in the books, as competition concluded on Sunday night at the George F. Haines Aquatic Center in Santa Clara, California. The 3rd night of competition brought one of the closest races of the meet: The men’s 200 free.

Georgia’s Jay Litherland stepped up to the blocks just one event after winning the 400 IM by a landslide. Litherland was up against a stacked field that included Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Chase Kalisz, Conor Dwyer, and Long Gutierrez. Through the 150-mark, Olympic medalist Dwyer led the field, but Litherland blasted off the final wall toreel him in, hitting the wall 1st in 1:49.28. Cal’s Gutierrez also managed to out-touch Dwyer at the finish, taking 2nd in 1:49.34 to Dwyer’s 1:49.53.

Check out the video below, courtesy of USA Swimming’s YouTube channel. For a full recap of Saturday night’s events, click here.

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Don’t get me wrong, 1:49 is a great time. However I am very worried about our depth in this event when no one is breaking 1:49 and we are 3 weeks out from trials. It makes me wonder how many Americans will be sub 1:46 and how vulnerable our 4 x 200 will be.

Attila the Runt

It’s not like any other country is setting fire to the 200 free this year, but I think you’re right — probably several guys (Conger, Benz, Dwyer, Haas, some others) who will be 1:46’s. Haas might go 1:45, but I don’t see Dwyer doing it. I see Litherland more in the 1:47 range — just not enough front end speed. It’s actually a wide open event like the 200 IM.

Is Haas even swimming this summer? If not, the answers are “0 to 1” and “not vulnerable at all.”

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