ATLANTA, Georgia, December 2. YANNICK Agnel, who won the men's 400 free last night, captured the men's 200 free tonight going away at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals. Agnel clocked a 1:46.36, short of his fifth-ranked season best of 1:44.99 from Worlds.
Trojan's Ricky Berens placed second in 1:47.12 to move to 15th in the world rankings, while Darian Townsend finished third in 1:47.64.
Clement Lefert (1:47.97), Jean Basson (1:48.26), Garrett Weber-Gale (1:48.59), Michael Klueh (1:48.68), Blake Worsley (1:48.92), Sebastien Rousseau (1:49.44) and Charlie Houchin (1:49.71) comprised the rest of the championship field finishes.
Robert Renwick stopped the clock in 1:49.31 for the B final win, while Matt McLean (1:49.66) and Adam Ritter (1:50.08) touched second and third. Guillaume Strohmeyer (1:51.64), Scot Robison (1:51.80), Michael Smit (1:51.99), Shaune Fraser (1:52.04), Tyler Reed (1:52.11), Ryan Cochrane (1:52.34) and Bjoern Hornikel (1:53.21) snagged the other consolation heat times.
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or topped the C final in 1:50.41, while Stefan Hirniak finished second in 1:50.69. Peter Vanderkaay placed third in 1:51.23, while Samuel Metz (1:51.94), Michael Flach (1:51.99), Vladimir Sidorkin (1:52.34), Phillip Morrison (1:52.57), Max Jaben (1:52.60), Matthew Segar (1:53.61) and Conor Dwyer (1:53.68) grabbed the rest of the top 30 times.