AUSTIN, Texas, January 18. OLYMPIC gold medalist Yannick Agnel of NBAC, demonstrated his longer distance ability with a winning time of 3:49.78 in the men’s 400-meter free at the Arena Grand Prix in Austin. That would have put him just outside the top eight at the World Championships last summer.
The Woodlands’ Michael McBroom faced down a pretty sterling rest of the field with a second-place time of 3:50.47. That’s just a second of so off his lifetime best of 3:49.28, but was enough to take down the rest of the field.
Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli, now training at NBAC as he refocuses on the pool after a few years swimming primarily open water events, took third overall in 3:50.85. Club Wolverine’s Tyler Clary finished fourth overall in a 3:52.86, while teammate Michael Klueh finished fifth in 3:52.94.
California’s Jeremy Bagshaw raced his way to sixth in 3:54.96, while NBAC’s Matt McLean touched seventh in 3:55.36. Mexico’s Julio Andres Olvera Alejos picked up the final spot in the finale with a 3:56.51.
Badger’s Ryan Feeley topped the B final in the men’s middle distance event with a time of 3:57.64. He’s been much faster in the event, but he touched first by more than a second ahead of NBAC’s Tom Luchsinger’s 3:58.86.