Texas’ Will Licon is lighting up the pool in Iowa City this week. After finishing second in the 200 IM on Thursday and winning the 400 IM last night, he is walking into his 200 breaststroke today with a lot of confidence.
Licon went head-to-head with Kevin Cordes, the current American record holder, in prelims this morning. They were both at 52.7 through the 100, but Licon’s 400 IM endurance carried him through the back half of the race to pull ahead of Cordes and win the race. He posted the fastest time of the morning and is now the second swimmer in history to break 1:50 in the 200 breaststroke with his time of 1:49.54. Cordes finished second with his time of 1:50.02.
The 200 breaststroke final will be a great race to watch tonight. Licon has improved from prelims to finals in every race this weekend and Cordes dropped nearly .7 seconds to win the 100 breaststroke last night. Both swimmers will be racing for their second individual NCAA title of the meet.