Will Licon – That race was just a blast (Video Interview)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

Despite missing the final in the 400 I.M. on Thursday, Will Licon stepped up to the blocks for the 200 I.M. as a man on a mission. He came into prelims with a best time of 2:01.44, but was ripe for a big swim after showing incredible progress at NCAAs. Licon smashed through the 2:00 barrier to take the top seed in 1:58.50, surpassing 2nd seed Austin Surhoff (1:58.80).

The 3rd seed went to Michael Phelps, who’s been on a roll since Thursday. He looked smooth the whole way through, but his 2nd 100 looked particularly easy. Phelps clocked the 3rd fastest time overall at 1:59.63, with splits of 25.45/30.24/34.35/29.59. He’s been making big drops from prelims to finals, so look for him to race for the world’s fastest time tonight. That currently belongs to Ryan Lochte at 1:55.81.

Gunnar Bentz, 400 I.M. National Champion, will take the 4th spot in finals after finishing behind Phelps in 2:00.93. He’s just ahead of Spain’s Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (2:01.14) and Australia’s Travis Mahoney (2:01.26).

Max Litchfield grabbed 7th in 2:01.47. Behind him, Ryan Harty dropped almost 3 seconds to earn the 8th spot in the final at 2:01.78.

Interestingly, David Nolan did not show up for this race. Nolan recently set the American Record in the yards version of this event.


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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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