Will Licon U.S. Olympic Trials Focus: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

NOTE: Watch the end of the video. University of Texas Head Basketball Coach, Shaka Smart, waxes poetically about Will Licon in his commencement speech at the 2016 University of Texas History Department Graduation.

Texas swim star, Will Licon, is a man you have to keep your eye on at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.  He’s got momentum coming off the 2016 Men’s DI NCAA Championships where he won 200 IM, 200 breaststroke and picked up silver in the 400 IM.  Coach Eddie Reese even said he didn’t taper him enough for NCAAs this year.  “I have high expectations for Will,” Eddie added with a smile.

Also, take into account Licon had mononucleosis last summmer, missing five weeks of training.  In terms of a meters performance, we have not seen what he can really do.

Licon Predictions:

Any experience at U.S. Trials bodes well for Licon’s future. I think he has potential to be a big star through the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.

200 breast?  I think he makes the U.S. Olympic Team this summer.

200 IM?  Old guard elites are too tough. Licon doesn’t crack the top two, but I think he’s a 1:55 in Omaha, pushing the biggest stars in the sport, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, to faster swims.

400IM? I don’t know. His yard times are consistent, but 400 meter IM is a completely different animal. If Lochte doesn’t swim it, Licon’s got an outside shot at making the U.S. Olympic Team in this event.

What do you think?

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Shaka Smart video is courtesy of the University of Texas Athletics. 


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Swimmer A

I think Prenot and Cordes take the 2 breast. Licon misses the team. Sorry, just what I see happening.


I love this guys attitude. He will make the team in the 200 breast with a 2:07 low. He will also smoke David Nolan in the 200IM.


Wow 1:55 in 2IM would be insane, especially if he doesn’t qualify. That would be close to a medal in Rio


Sometimes you get a little carried away dude.1:55 is blistering fast. Lochte will honestly probably go a 1:55.licon is 1:56 with an amazing swim,most likely a 57.

Steve Nolan

Agreed. If he goes 1:55 in the 2 IM he’d be swimming well enough to prolly make the team in both breaststrokes and the 4 IM.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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