Watch Luca Urlando’s 1:55 200 Fly in College Station (Race Video)

Reported by Torrey Hart.

COLLEGE STATION SECTIONALS

  • February 28th-March 3rd, 2019
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • 25y (SCY) prelims/50m (LCM) finals

Fresh off of breaking the 200 free NAG record last night, DART Swimming’s Gianluca Urlando had himself another day College Station. The biggest win margin of the night came from the 16-year-old, who scared Michael Phelps‘ long course 200 fly record (1:54.58), splitting 25.98/28.61/29.83/31.34 en route to a 1:55.76 finish – his best is 1:55.21. Urlando set the short course NAG record of 1:40.91 in December. In second in that race was 21-year-old Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz in 2:01.81, and in third, Katy Aquatics’ Seung Joon Ahgn in 2:03.22.

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Gold Medal Mel
2 years ago

First time really studying his 2-fly… Super wide entry getting into his catch (re: forward motion, keeping forward energy constant), but his catch is especially wide. (**David Marsh changed my stroke to a wider catch. I wonder what he thinks a/going even wider?)
Kick? His feet really aren’t breaking the surface. It’s 99% underwater, however, he’s pushing the top of his stroke, forcing the recovery kick (which also maintains constant forward energy), but that is typically done with a big breaking the surface kick. How he’s doing this, keeping his kick below the surface while maintaining excellent body position— is impressive….and how a teenager goes 1:55 in the 2-fly. Wow. Just wow!

I’d really like to see his stroke… Read more »

Joel Lin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
2 years ago

1:50 point someday wouldn’t be a shocker. He’ll only get stronger.

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

1:50? I’d like to see that!

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
2 years ago

I always thought that Phelps could have could 1:50 if he kept grinding after 2008. Going out in a 52.8 but coming back in a 58 would have been possible I think. In 2007, Phelps did his 1:52.09 in jammers, and with the old blocks.

M L
Reply to  Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

Phelps did go out 52.8 and come back in a 58. That’s how he went 1:51.5

sven
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

Respectfully, that would be a huge shocker.

DLSwim
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
2 years ago

Great analysis! It would be interesting to see an underwater shot of his stroke to see the position of his legs.

rsgnsf
2 years ago

Freakin’ beautiful.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

Beautiful race !! He maintained his speed until the end so well …..Impressive !!!

Samesame
2 years ago

Amazing ! On a side note , it’s always interesting to see those drains at the end of each lane . We don’t really have them in Australia . Do they provide more push off at the beginning of each lap? Does anyone’s foot or hand slip and go into the drain sometimes ? Not trying to be funny. Just interested .

sven
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

It can help with better leverage on open turns, which is nice. That’s a double-edged sword, though, as whenever someone who’s too used to having that ledge goes to a pool with the flat walls, they instinctively reach for the top instead of going through their turn normally. I don’t think feet and hands slipping in is an issue, at least not among the kids I coach.

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