- 27.52 (52.81)
- 28.23 (1:21.04)
- 27.83 (1:48.87)
Phelps was third at the halfway point, but was caught by Pothain with 50-meters to go. Although he out-split Pothain on the final 50, he wasn’t able to come back fast enough to put himself on the podium.
Reported below by Jared Anderson
MEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS
It was French domination in the men’s 200 free, with Jeremy Stravius and Jordan Pothain taking 1st and 3rd. Stravius was 1:47.56 to roll away from the field, and Pothain really charged through the third 50 to jump into the lead of the pack behind Stravius.
In between was Texas Longhorn freshman Townley Haas, who went 1:48.35 to come within a second of his personal best in the pool he now calls his training home. Pothain was 1:48.62 for third.
Michael Phelps took fourth, just two tenths back of Pothain at 1:48.87. Phelps had a solid front half, but fell out of the hunt a bit at the 150-mark in what will be his only swim tonight.
Scotland’s Dan Wallace was fifth in 1:49.56, followed by Queens University’s Dion Dreesens (1:49.57) and Cal’s Long Gutierrez (1:50.51). Rounding out the heat was Badger Swim Club’s Zane Grothe at 1:52.27.
The B Final went to Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah. The Southeast Asian Games star went 1:49.68 to beat Junior World Record-holder Maxime Rooney‘s 1:50.07.