Craig Benson Edges Licon, Wilson In 200 Breast Final At USA Nationals

Craig Benson World University Games Gwangju 2015
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Craig Benson won tonight’s 200-meter breast with a stellar 2:09.68 at USA Nationals. The Scottish swimmer added 0.58 from his 2:09.10, which stands 11th in the world, but had enough juice to top Will Licon. Licon silvered with a 2:10.02, and was followed closely by Andrew Wilson. Wilson’s fall to third comes as a bit of a surprise after his sub-minute victory in the 100-meter breast and his 2:09.84 swim this morning. The three remained close throughout the race, as the splits indicate.

Benson: 30.50/32.80/34.05/32.33

Licon: 29.44/33.32/32.85/34.31

Wilson: 29.46/32.97/34.18/33.74

Benson’s country-mate Michael Jamieson finished just outside the top three in 2:10.91.

Michael Phelps jumped one spot and dropped over a second to take fifth in 2:11.30. BJ Johnson finished sixth in 2:11.90, ahead of Samuel Tierney (2:13.27) and Chuck Katis (2:13.33).

2015 USA Swimming Long Course Summer Nationals: Live Results – Results