PHOENIX, Arizona, October 29. WE’RE still recovering from another great week of college dual meets that took place last weekend. The men’s 200 freestyle national standings got a little bit of a shakeup, with the reigning NCAA champion and a couple of NCAA finalists looking to earn the right to call themselves the fastest in the event .. at least, so far this season.
That distinction now goes to Clay Youngquist, a junior at the University of Texas. Youngquist was in a very tight race with Michael Wynalda last week at the meet featuring Michigan and Indiana, and Youngquist was able to get the win with a 1:35.71. That time is now the fastest in the land, and keeps Youngquist in the conversation as a potential title contender in March.
For the record, Wynalda was a 1:36.31 in that race on Friday in Bloomington, Indiana, while not too far away in Louisville, Kentucky, NCAA champ Joao de Lucca swam a 1:37.44.
Youngquist spent a few weeks at the top of the collegiate standings in the 200 free this time last season, and for getting yourself back there, Clay, you’ve earned the Speedo Performance of the Week.