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.
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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