French swimmer and Olympic Champion Yannick Agnel is swimming his first meet since moving to North Baltimore and training with the great Bob Bowman this week at the NBAC Mid-Summer Invite.
He scratched the 100 and 200 free on Monday morning, but in the 400 on Sunday he swam for a 200 free split. His name has been removed from official results online, and the splits have been removed from his Meet Mobile result, but those at the meet told us that he split a 1:48 in the 200 free en route to a 4:05.08 winning time in the 400 free. 2nd place went to Brandon Flynn in 4:05.76.
Agnel, as of now, is not ascribed to swim any individual events at the World Championships; he pulled out of his individual swims in the 100 and 200 frees as local media reports have swirled that he is rethinking that decision. This wouldn’t be the first time that Agnel has pulled out of a World Championship race, only to be reentered. This wouldn’t be the first time that he has pulled a bait-and-switch on his events; remember that in 2011, Agnel gave the same reasons of an illness interrupting his training to drop the 400 free at the World Championships. He ended up entering the event anyway and finishing 6th at that meet.
Agnel is the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 200 free.