Will Licon Breaks 10-Year Old Texas Swim Center Pool Record in 200 Breast

2019 ST TXLA SPEEDO SOUTHERN SECTIONALS

  • July 11-14th
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
  • Hosted by Longhorn Aquatics
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University of Texas postgrad Will Licon has broken the Texas Swim Center Pool Record in the 200 meter breaststroke. Racing on Friday evening at day 2 of the 2019 Austin Sectionals meet, Licon swam a 2:08.88. That broke one of the oldest pool records still standing in Austin: Eric Shanteau‘s 2:09.97 from the 2009 Austin Grand Prix.

Comparative Splits:

50m 100m 150m 200m Total Time
Will Licon New Pool Record 29.71 32.66 33.25 33.26 2:08.88
Eric Shanteau Old Pool Record 30.14 32.88 33.65 33.30 2:09.97

That’s the third-fastest time of his career, behind only the 2:08.14 that he swam at the 2016 Olympic Trials and the 2:08.72 that he swam in finals at Summer Nationals in 2018.

That swim last summer earned him a 3rd-place finish at Nationals, which left him just-barely short of the team for Pan Pacs. The 24-year old will race at the Pan American Games instead, which run from August 6th-10th in Lima, Peru.

The time ranks Licon 15th in the world, jumping Cody Miller’s 2:08.98 from Bloomington as the fastest 200 breaststroke time by an American this year. Before Friday, his fastest time outside of a National Championship meet was a 2:09.4 at the 2017 Pro Swim Series meet in Atlanta.

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Coach
2 years ago

Love his stroke.

Been pulling for this guy for years. I hope the next is just as good and even better than this swim!

Swimmer
2 years ago

Maybe he can help teach the other Texas swimmers how do a legal stroke and not get DQ at International meets.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

You have to be able to count to two first to be able to make that two hand touch.

Irish415
2 years ago

Loving the parity in the U.S. men’s breastroke events heading into 2020. Going to be a fun year!

gator
2 years ago

ok that’s fast.

Beverly Drangus
2 years ago

200 breast might be the strangest event, especially lcm

Small bird
2 years ago

Kibler 1:47.1 in finals. Rooney was with him the whole way until :29 last 50. If that comes with taper he’ll have a good one too

MÊME
Reply to  Small bird
2 years ago

BTW, what is Krueger’s 200 free time?

WV Swammer
Reply to  MÊME
2 years ago

2:09

MÊME
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

Thanks. Is that a preliminary swim?

Zoom zune
2 years ago

Drew Kibler also went 1:47 in the 200 free 👀

Caleb
Reply to  Zoom zune
2 years ago

1:47.16

WV Swammer
Reply to  Zoom zune
2 years ago

Imagine a training group with enough guys to have a Olympic final 4×2 relay..

Haas 1:45.0
Rooney 1:47.1
Kibler 1:47.1
Farris 1:47.8
7:07.0

WV Swammer
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

And 4×1
Haas 48.2
Jackson 48.2
Rooney 48.2
Farris split 47.0
3:11.6
I’m S H O O K

Relays
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

Except Townley’s been 47.2 and Tate’s been 47.5 on relays

WV Swammer
Reply to  Relays
2 years ago

Rooney 48.27
Haas 47.24
Jackson 47.44
Farris 47.08
3:10.03 for Gold in Budapest

Taa
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

Jackson and Haas have split under 47.5 rolling start so more like a 310

Backstrokebro
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

This is all without my boi Clark Smith, and Jeff Newkirk. Not to mention young guns Kibler, Krueger, and Willenbring in the 100.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Backstrokebro
2 years ago

Huh! Would Texas group be able to field TWO top 8 relays at Olympics? Fun thought!

justanopinion
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

Still not quite as impressive as the UT 400 Med. Relay from back in the day:
Piersol
Hansen
Crocker
Walker

coachymccoachface
Reply to  justanopinion
2 years ago

Just missed having Weber-Gale on that too. I worked 2004 NCAA’s and those guys and Auburn were impressive. Last time the meet was SCM too

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  WV Swammer
2 years ago

You can throw in Shebat. Wyatt got him at 1:46 during warmup.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Innovation will always breed disqualifications. It’s a shame Shebat had to take this L, but at least the officials will start calling the new turn correctly in the future, even if they can’t retroactively fix this blown call.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 years ago

Seriously — what was the new innovation? There’s no video of it. It apparently was called a non-simultaneous touch. How can you finesse non-simultaneous touches? What is the “new turn”?

Superfan
2 years ago

American male breastrokers at Pan Ams might be really good. Fink and Licon in 200 and Cody and Cordes in the 100….on paper anyways!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

Cordes won’t be good.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Ain’t you just the biggest hater on this website.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 years ago

It’s hilarious how this comment section is supposed to be different than all other pro sports. This isn’t little kids soccer where everyone gets a participation trophy, these are pros. Don’t get so butt hurt over negative predictions, especially when Cordes hasn’t shown anything this year.

Amunnn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

This is pro swimming. And this season isn’t that different for Cordes than in the past. He’s always 1:00-1:02 mid season before he rests. Most indications point to a pretty fast PanAms. I’d hardly find it wise to negatively predict the performance of perhaps the fastest American breaststroker in history.

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