Fresh from shattering the world record in the 100 breast yesterday, Virginia sophomore Ed Moses set a world record in the 200m breast, well under Russian Andrei Korneev’s 1998 mark of 2:07.79. Swimming with a long, smooth stroke, Moses took only six to seven strokes per lap. Moses had broken the American record this morning with his 2:08.07 qualifying time, and he also set the American record in the 50 breast with his 100 split during prelims.
Moses finished over three seconds ahead of Auburn junior David Denniston, the defending champion, who was second in 2:09.46. “I went out a little quicker than I meant to,” said Moses, whose first 50 was a 28.01. “Then I suffered the last 50. But I figured after last night I had the speed, and I figured I’d be able to hold on strong to the end.”
Minnesota freshman Jeff Hackler was third in 2:09.81, and Michigan sophomore Jeff Hopwood was fourth in 2:10.09. Southern Cal junior Imai Ryosuke, from Japan, was fifth in 2:10.41, and Nebraska senior Valery Kalmikovs, from Latvia, was sixth in 2:10.64. Cal senior Nuk Sirisanont, from Thailand, was seventh in 2:10.68, and North Carolina freshman Sean Quinn was eighth in 2:11.75.
Stanford junior Rob Canales won the consolation final with a 2:11.74, and Justin Caron of Auburn was 10th in 2:12.14. Scott Werner of Michigan was 11th in 2:12.17; Philip Norris of Florida was 12th in 2:12.85; Dov Malnik of Minnesota was 13th in 2:13.56; Mike Pron of Pittsburgh was 14th in 2:14.04; David Slawinski of North Carolina was 15th in 2:14.35; and Alex Lopez of Florida was 16th in 2:14.40.