Will Licon on history with Josh Prenot (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Jared Anderson. 


  • NCAA Record: 1:48.66, Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • American Record: 1:48.66, Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:48.66, Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • Pool Record: 1:49.43, Will Licon, Texas (prelims)
  • 2015 Champion: 1:49.48, Will Licon, Texas

Top 3:

  1. Will Licon, Texas – 1:48.12
  2. Josh Prenot, California – 1:49.38
  3. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri – 1:51.84

In the third and final battle of versatile superstars Will Licon and Josh Prenotit was Texas’s Licon who triumphed. The junior took the 200 breast in a new American, NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:48.12, taking down the legendary marks set by Kevin Cordes in 2014.

Licon very nearly took the swim below 1:48, hitting a pace through 150 that would have earned him the 1:47 but falling off just slightly to a 28.4 split on the final 50. (He had been 27.2 and 27.8 on the previous two 50s).

Prenot was also historically quick, becoming just the fourth man ever under 1:50 with a 1:49.38. With those two swims, the top 10 swims in history are now all sub-1:50. 5 of them belong to Cordes, 3 to Licon and one each to Prenot and Cody Miller.

100 breast champ Fabian Schwingenschlogl of Missouri was 1:51.84, touching out Albama’s Anton McKee (1:51.87) for bronze. Behind them were a tight trio: Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala (1:53.45), Louisville’s Carlos Claverie (1:53.55) and Virginia’s Yannick Kaeser (1:53.64).

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4 years ago

According to USA swimming, his best official 100 breast is a 52.90 from the Texas Hall of Fame meet, 12/5/14.

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