Will Licon Goes out in Style; Secures 200 Breast 3-Peat in 1:47.9

2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Texas’ Will Licon became the first 200 breaststroker in history to break the 1:48 barrier, winning the event on day 4 of the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Licon, a senior, went out in style, taking one last NCAA victory with an American and NCAA Record time of 1:47.91.

The big difference between his swim tonight and last season’s record-setting performance was his front half. He took it out almost 4 tenths faster, turning in 51.42 at the 100. Licon was far and away the fastest swimmer in the field, as he finished over 3 seconds faster than Alabama’s Anton McKee, who is now the 9th fastest performer ever with his 1:51.22.

Splits Comparison:

Swimmer 1st 50 Split 2nd 50 Split 3rd 50 Split 4th 50 Split Final Time
Will Licon (2017)  24.23  27.19 (51.42)  27.99  28.50  1:47.91
 Will Licon (2016)  24.59  27.22 (51.81)  27.84  28.47 (56.31)  1:48.12

Top 10 All-Time Performers: Men’s 200 Breast

Place Swimmer Time
1 Will Licon 1:47.91
2 Kevin Cordes 1:48.66
3 Josh Prenot 1:49.38
4 Cody Miller 1:49.74
5 Chuck Katis 1:50.54
6 Nic Fink 1:50.80
6 Andrew Wilson 1:50.80
8 Clark Burckle 1:51.20
9 Anton McKee 1:51.22
10 Neil Versfeld 1:51.40

Top 10 All-Time Performances: Men’s 200 Breast

Place Swimmer Time
1 Will Licon 1:47.91
2 Will Licon 1:48.12
3 Kevin Cordes 1:48.66
4 Kevin Cordes 1:48.68
4 Kevin Cordes 1:49.38
6 Josh Prenot 1:49.38
7 Will Licon 1:49.43
8 Will Licon 1:49.48
9 Kevin Cordes 1:49.53
10 Will Licon 1:49.54

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Wub

Andrew Wilson would have been 2nd here.

JTspot

And 3 seconds behind Licon…

Person

YES! My 100 free time held up

cynthia curran

Yes, I think the time is similar to Mark Spitz’s 1972 200 yard butterfly.

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