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

Reported by Torrey Hart.


  • 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

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 compared… Read more »

Joel Lin

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

Gold Medal Mel

1:50? I’d like to see that!

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana

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.


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


Respectfully, that would be a huge shocker.


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


Freakin’ beautiful.


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

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