Zach Harting on Chasing Goals: “I’m here for the dreamers”


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:50.73 (2019)
  • American Record: Michael Phelps – 1:51.51 (2009)
  • US Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.20 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:52.71 (2018)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:53.36
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps – 1:54.84
  • Wave I Cut: 2:01.19
  • Wave II Cut: 1:59.63
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:56.48
  1. Zach Harting (CARD), 1:55.06
  2. Gunnar Bentz (DYNA), 1:55.34
  3. Luca Urlando (DART), 1:55.43

In another crazy three-way finish, Zach Harting and Gunnar Bentz claim the two Olympic spots in the men’s 200 fly, leaving Luca Urlando, the man with the fastest best time in the field, locked out.

Just as he did in the semis, Trenton Julian took the race out hard, leading at every turn, with Urlando and Nicolas Albiero close behind at the 100. Then at the 150, you could draw a line across the top-five as Harting and Bentz pulled even with the leaders.

Down the final few meters it was Harting, Urlando and Bentz battling it out, with Harting creating a bit of separation on the final few strokes to win it in 1:55.06, just .01 off of his personal best time set at the 2018 Pan Pacs.

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5 months ago

Yeah Zac! Go, go, go at the Olympics.

The Scribe
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5 months ago

Congratulations on the win and making the team, but that sort of time wont get one anywhere near the medals. It’ll be a cake walk for Milak. The rest are just fighting for the minor medals.

Reply to  The Scribe
5 months ago

He has the right attitude and he will give it his all.

Reply to  The Scribe
5 months ago

Nobody affirmed he will be gunning for a medal . Its ALL about the EXPERIENCE . such a narrow minded comment, once again for the 56th time on this comment section ; Where are your dreams ? could u share if u are building any ?

Last edited 5 months ago by ERVINFORTHEWIN
Tina Fox
Reply to  The Scribe
5 months ago

I know this kid personally and what a crap comment!. He and his family have gone through a lot and just going to the Olympics has been his dream since he was a kid! Positive remarks are the best..if you have nothing nice to say then shut the heck up.

Last edited 5 months ago by Tina Fox
5 months ago

Just love Zach’s interviews and his passion! So raw!

5 months ago

why is Trenton always first at the 100 (NCAAs too) and can’t finish? why hasn’t he figured that out?

5 months ago

Greatest. Interview. Ever.

Konner Scott
5 months ago

How can you not love this guy?

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