Will Licon Gives Commentary on the Evolution of College Swimming

At the Big 12 Championships last night, SwimSwam caught up with longhorn great Will Licon. Licon was excited to finally have feeling and energy in his legs back for once, as the UT pro group will be coming down in training for the Atlanta Pro Swim.

We also asked Will about his thoughts on the conference meets that have occurred so far, specifically about the times that have been thrown up. Will expressed his surprise and respect at the American records that were broken by Caeleb Dressel in the 200 IM and the 100 Breast (his “off” events). But he also spoke about how fast the sport has gotten from the lower end, and how 5-10 years ago, only a couple guys had ever broken the legendary 19 second barrier in the 50 yard free. Now, it’s commonplace to win a conference meet with that time.

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Go Bearcats
3 years ago

I love Will and I really hope he pops off soon.

Swimbo Fisher
Reply to  Go Bearcats
3 years ago

He will be under 2:10 this weekend. He has completed the bulk of his missionary work and can finally start focusing on swimming full time again.

Yabo
Reply to  Swimbo Fisher
3 years ago

That’s awesome! I can’t wait to see him race his breaststroke is by far the prettiest to watch

HOYA13
Reply to  Swimbo Fisher
3 years ago

Missionary work?

Kwabbit
Reply to  HOYA13
3 years ago

He is Mormon I believe.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Go Bearcats
3 years ago

me too – he has such a nice composure and acknowledges the High level of college swimming he is in .

Swimmy
3 years ago

Can’t wait to see the Texas pro group throw down rested.

Swimmy
Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

Hopefully they’ll be able to translate their scy swimming into long course. Conger will hopefully be at 50.9 1:53 for the fly and 48 1:45 for the freestyle events (if he’s swimming these). Who knows how Smith will do, but hopefully we’ll see if he is after the 1500 or just the 400/800. Licon will hopefully have a breakthrough the the breast and IM events.

found in the sauce
Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

They will have fast times but I don’t know about 50.9 or 48… I could see the 1:53 though.

Pvdh
Reply to  found in the sauce
3 years ago

48 and 50.9 are much more likely than 1:53. He’s been 51.2 and has had 47 splits before

Swimmy
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

I guess you could say his pure guts 200 scy doesn’t translate to lcm for conger.

Dudeman
Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

That’s the case for basically everyone, not just conger. When you have 7 turns and spend on average 12-15m swimming vs 3 tuns and on average 40m swimming of course you won’t swim the races the same way. It takes a lot of adjusting to go from a fast SCY 200 to a fast LCM 200

Tammy Touchpad Error
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

I agree but I think a lot of us are rooting for Conger to step up in the 200 and get the US some intl medals, so wishful thinking on the 1:53 but he needs to do it sooner than later. Milak bout to change the game…

Yabo
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
3 years ago

He’s gonna pop off in a year or two and do some crazy stuff I swear it

Pvdh
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
3 years ago

Ehh, that’s what we said about Chad when he went 1:52 in London, kenderesi after rio…have to see it first to believe it.

iLikePsych
Reply to  found in the sauce
3 years ago

Just going off Caeleb Dressel, Conger was .8 slower in the 100 fly at NCAAs last year. Adding that to Dressel’s time at Worlds would be 50.6. Not an exact science, but both seem to be equally good at SCY and LCM.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

I hope so, but those are very fast times.

Korn
Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

You should find out this weekend

Yabo
3 years ago

I wish he would go back to swimming the 400IM and drop the 100 breast

Go Bearcats
Reply to  Yabo
3 years ago

I think the 4IM is much more open than the 100 breast is, so I agree

Yabo
Reply to  Go Bearcats
3 years ago

Also training for the 400Im can only help us 200 imo. get that back half speed nailed down

Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  Yabo
3 years ago

Or even the 200 IM. Opened up a lot too.

Bevo
Reply to  Yabo
3 years ago

He isn’t training for the 400 IM.

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