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Men's NCAA Champs: 200 IM

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Men's NCAA Champs: 200 IM

Mar 23, 2017

​200 IM

NCAA Record: 1:39.38 (David Nolan - Stanford, 2015)
Meet Record: 1:39.38 (David Nolan - Stanford, 2015)
American Record: 1:39.38 (David Nolan - Stanford, 2015)
US Open Record: 1:39.38 (David Nolan - Stanford, 2015)

​WHAT. A. RACE. ​Mark Szaranek​ and ​Will Licon ​TIE the 200 IM in 1:40.67. Wow... ​Licon turned at the 100 dead last in 48.34, but launched himself into the picture with a monster 27.96 breaststroke split. ​Ryan Murphy ​was out first in a blazing 46.22 at the 100 and looked like he had a great shot to win with 25 yards to go, but he tightened up inside the flags and Licon and Szaranek overtook the lead from him as he finished third with a 1:40.73 -- only six one hundredths of a second behind. Szaranek charged hard at the end with a 24.25 on the last 50 to get his hand on the wall with Licon. Coming home with the fastest last 50 in the field was ​Gunnar Bentz​ of Georgia with a 24.16 split. It looked like Bentz was going to put himself in contention, but ran out of room to finish fourth with a solid 1:40.90.​

1.) Will Licon (Texas): 1:40.67
1.) Mark Szaranek (Florida): 1:40.67
3.) Ryan Murphy (California): 1:40.73
4.) Gunnar Bentz (Georgia): 1:40.90
5.) Chase Kalisz (Georgia): 1:41.19
6.) Andrew Seliskar (California): 1:41.26
7.) Andreas Vazaios (NC State): 1:41.53 
8.) Jonathan Roberts (Texas): 1:42.56