Alex Kunert Holds Off Field in 200 Fly in Des Moines

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

23-year-old Alex Kunert from Germany and Queens won the 200 fly final on Thursday night at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines with a 1:57.80 as he held off a charging Mack Darragh from Canada (1:58.64). Kunert will swim for Queens next week at the NCAA Division II Championships and he had a nice tune-up tonight with his 200 fly.

Kunert held off a hard charging Darragh, who came home in a 30.28 on the final 50, which was the quickest in the field. Darragh finished second ahead of Luiz Melo (1:58.98) from Brazil.

American postgrads Gunnar Bentz (1:59.80), Justin Wright (1:59.87) and Tom Shields (2:02.59) finished in fourth, fifth and seventh as the Americans are still searching for their face in the 200 butterfly. Wright was the national champion this past summer and will swim it this summer at World Championships.

Bence Szabados (2:02.01) and Jacob Peters (2:02.58) also swam in the A-Final.

Event 10  Men 200 LC Meter Butterfly
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        World: W 1:51.51  7/29/2009 Michael Phelps, USA
     American: A 1:51.51  7/29/2009 Michael Phelps, USA
    U.S. Open: O 1:52.20  7/2/2008  Michael Phelps, Club Wolverine
     Jr World: J 1:53.79  6/30/2017 Kristof Milak, HUN
     Pro Swim: P 1:55.29  2017      Li Zhuhao
    Trial Cut: T 2:01.19
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA       
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Alex Kunert      23 Una QU            1:57.36    1:57.80   848  
    r:+0.64  25.97        56.18 (30.21)
        1:26.51 (30.33)     1:57.80 (31.29)
  2 Mack Darragh     25 Hpc-Ontario       2:01.30    1:58.64   830  
    r:+0.68  26.97        57.14 (30.17)
        1:28.36 (31.22)     1:58.64 (30.28)
  3 Luiz Melo        22 Pinheiros         1:59.34    1:58.98   823  
    r:+0.64  25.65        55.48 (29.83)
        1:26.49 (31.01)     1:58.98 (32.49)
  4 Gunnar Bentz     23 Dynamo Swim Club  2:00.79    1:59.80T  806  
    r:+0.72  26.71        57.92 (31.21)
        1:29.25 (31.33)     1:59.80 (30.55)
  5 Justin Wright    22 Tucson Ford Deal  2:02.10    1:59.87T  805  
    r:+0.61  26.58        56.44 (29.86)
        1:27.55 (31.11)     1:59.87 (32.32)
  6 Bence Szabados   17 Chicago Wolfpack  2:02.43    2:02.01   763  
    r:+0.73  26.84        57.60 (30.76)
        1:29.45 (31.85)     2:02.01 (32.56)
  7 Jacob Peters     18 Great Britain     2:01.94    2:02.58   752  
    r:+0.66  26.09        56.84 (30.75)
        1:29.17 (32.33)     2:02.58 (33.41)
  8 Tom Shields      27 California Aquat  2:02.66    2:02.59   752  
    r:+0.76  26.43        57.18 (30.75)
        1:29.30 (32.12)     2:02.59 (33.29)