Justin Wright Uses Amazing Back Half To Win Tight 200 Fly

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Arizona’s Justin Wright used an incredible back half to win the 200 fly, dropping nearly a second from his top seeded 1:55.49 to take the win and punch his ticket to Pan Pacs with a 1:54.63. Wright was sitting seventh through the first 100 meters of the race, but came on considerably over the last stretch of the race to hit the wall first and record another career best time. Wright was 29.62/29.61 on the final two 50’s of the race, the only swimmer in the field to have a sub-30 split on his final 50.

In second was Louisville’s Zach Harting with a 1:55.11, while there was a tie for third between 16-year-old Gianluca Urlando and Jack Conger. Those two recorded matching 1:55.21’s, just a tenth back from second. Conger had actually led the race through the 150 before fading down the stretch, while Urlando improves on his time from the morning to break 1:56 for the the first time. He now sits second all-time behind only Michael Phelps.

Rounding out the rest of the final was Tom Shields (1:55.25), Chase Kalisz (1:55.42), Trenton Julian (1:56.20), and Jack LeVant (1:56.43).

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