Will Licon Smashes Pan Am 200 Breast Record In Personal Best 2:07.62


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Will Licon followed up Annie Lazor‘s Pan Am Record in the women’s 200 breast with one of his own in the men’s event, producing a time of 2:07.62 to annihilate the previous record of 2:09.82 and earn himself a new personal best.

The old mark belonged to Brazilian Thiago Simon from the 2015 Games in Toronto, and Licon’s previous best was the 2:08.14 he went at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

His splits compared to that swim three years ago were near-identical through the 150, with the biggest difference coming on the last length where he was four-tenths quicker.

Licon, 2016 Olympic Trials Licon, 2019 Pan Am Games
29.24 29.14
1:01.45 (32.21) 1:01.43 (32.29)
1:34.35 (32.90) 1;34.23 (32.80)
2:08.14 (33.79) 2:07.62 (33.39)

This performance moves him into seventh in the world this year, and also bumps him up from fifth to fourth all-time amongst Americans. He is now the 19th fastest swimmer in history.

Runner-up Nic Fink also set a new personal best time in 2:08.16, moving him up one spot to seventh all-time in the United States.


  1. Josh Prenot, 2:07.17 – 2016 Olympic Trials
  2. Kevin Cordes, 2:07.41 – 2017 World Trials
  3. Eric Shanteau, 2:07.42 – 2009 World Championships
  4. Will Licon, 2:07.62 – 2019 Pan Am Games
  5. Andrew Wilson, 2:07.77 – 2019 FINA World Cup – Tokyo
  6. Nic Fink, 2:08.16 – 2019 Pan Am Games

Licon is competing in Lima just days after receiving a warning from USADA on August 1st. The punishment was given after he declared the use of an inhaler called Breo Ellipta, which contains the prohibited substance vilanterol trifenatate, without a proper Therapeutic Use Exemption. He never tested positive for the substance.

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Andrew Majeske

oops–my original comment was based on a misreading….


Didn’t Will Licon admit to using illegal inhalants? Doping isn’t taken lightly around here. A lá Sun Yang


the micro doper won.. sigh. nice swim nic fink! rooting for you and andrew wilson next year!

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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