Yannick Agnel Swims First Race Under NBAC Banner at Midsummer Invite

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.

Full, live meet results available here (which don’t include Agnel’s swim).

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PAC12BACKER
7 years ago

Agnel has the most beautiful, efficient freestyle stroke since Popov. He will get Biederman’s 200 free world record at or before the 2015 World Championships.

jean Michel
Reply to  PAC12BACKER
7 years ago

U may forget Ian Thorpe who’s stroke was a marvel to match …

aswimfan
Reply to  jean Michel
7 years ago

+1

Bourdais
Reply to  jean Michel
7 years ago

I’ll never forget the time I witnessed Thorpe use his seductive distance stroke to run down super-sprinter Gary Hall Jr. in the final of the 4x100m freestyle relay at Sydney 2000. This was literally minutes after he had swum an amazing 400m final using much the same stroke. As a skinny 17 year old. Thorpe’s stroke was supreme, it’s unarguable.

NoLochteFan
Reply to  PAC12BACKER
7 years ago

Phelps had the best looking freestyle stroke, bar none.

aswimfan
Reply to  NoLochteFan
7 years ago

I’m not really fond of Phelps’ freestyle loping stroke, for me it is not as beautiful as the classical strokes of Popov or Thorpe.

aswimfan
Reply to  NoLochteFan
7 years ago

Didn’t Phelps also give a straight arm stroke a try? That was really ugly.

SwimFanFinland
Reply to  NoLochteFan
7 years ago

In the present world Muffat has the best looking freestyle stroke.

bobo gigi
Reply to  PAC12BACKER
7 years ago

I don’t think he will break one day this stupid world record.

7 years ago

i’ve always thought breaking biedermanns records was a top priority for bowman, hence why this move did not surprise me at all

jean Michel
Reply to  Stephen Gomez
7 years ago

totally makes sense ! That WR is a rubber WR . Beiderman never got close to 1.44 since 2009 . Agnel is the only guy to get it soon or later .

Philip Johnson
Reply to  jean Michel
7 years ago

Biedermann swam a 1:44.88 and a 3:44.14 in 2011.

NoLochteFan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
7 years ago

That’s a far cry from 1:42 flat and 3:40

Lane Four
Reply to  NoLochteFan
7 years ago

You’re right. You can’t argue with the numbers. Without the rubber, Biederman was a great world class swimmer. WITH the rubber he was untouchable.

aswimfan
Reply to  jean Michel
7 years ago

I’d love to see Agnel breaks that WR, but going 1:41+ takes an unbelievable effort.
That means 50 going out and 51+ going back on the foot.

I dunno, although Agnel has immense talent and will be coached by the greatest coach in the world, I’m still not overly optimistic it will happen.

john26
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

When Biedermann set that world record, he was a 47.3 (ish, based on his 46.8 relay split) 100m freestyler, and a 3:40.0 400 freestyler. It may not work exactly this way, given that the suits were a factor, but Agnel must plan on being about to match both ends of the spectrum to take down Biedermann’s record. When I saw that swim, I knew it would take a swim of the ages to do it.

I have full confidence that Agnel can have a 47.3 100 freestyle OR a 339 400 freestyle, but the trick is to do it simultaneously.

aswimfan
Reply to  john26
7 years ago

I don’t think Agnel can do both 47.3 and 3:39 simultaneously.

There is a reason why 100-400 free double is among the hardest to attempt successfully in men (or women) swimming.

SwimFanFinland
Reply to  jean Michel
7 years ago

I’m sometimes wondering why is it so important to break rubber suit records? I’d suggest a bit change in thinking. The rubber suit records were achieved under different rules. Why we cannot just accept that and be happy with lists of textile bests? Uwe Hohn throwed 104.80m with a old javelin. It’s also a world record! Maybe FINA has screwed this one up again. If FINA ranked official textile bests as world records in textile side by side with rubber suit records, it might alleviate the pain for many and help them live with two lists of records achieved under the different rules. Just like they’ve done in Javelin. The current system which recognizes officially just one records leads some… Read more »

aswimfan
Reply to  SwimFanFinland
7 years ago

I agree. Many have proposed that FINA maintain parallel WR lists, and merge them when they are unified (eg. w200 back, m200IM).
Swimvortex have written long articles about why FINA should do it and it has been done in the 50s with the unification of yard and meter record.

And we should remember that breaking WR bring monetary rewards from FINA, and thus FINA should recognize those swimmers who break textile WR and not punish them for FINA’s fault in creating and maintaining the rubber fiasco of 2008-2009.

7 years ago

haha he scratched the 200 free and 100 free only to enter the 400 free and swim a 200 split. His name was taken off the results page and his split was taken off the meet mobile. Sneaky sneaky sneaky. Does anyone else find this hilarious?

My
Reply to  Andy Ross
7 years ago

No. It seems on the surface to be manipulative & rather insulting to the meet.

aswimfan
Reply to  Andy Ross
7 years ago

I find it baffling.

Why would he be so secretive about it?

mcgillrocks
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

if he wanted to be this secretive then couldn’t he just time himself in practice? i mean just saying, he could get similar conditions

aswimfan
Reply to  mcgillrocks
7 years ago

Yes, that’s what I am baffled about.
And it’s not like this meet provide any competition for him anyway.

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