Mark Szaranek, Will Licon Tie in 200 IM — Video Interview

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At the women’s meet last week, Katie Ledecky and Mallory Comerford tied for the gold in the 200 freestyle in perhaps the craziest race of the meet. Just six days later, it looked like deja vu. Seven guys turned dead even at the 175 in the 200 IM on Thursday night at the men’s meet.

It looked like Cal’s Ryan Murphy would steal the show with a win on the outside, but it was Florida’s Mark Szaranek and Texas’ Will Licon who out-touched Murphy at the finish. The duo touched at 1:40.67 ahead of Murphy’s 1:40.73. Licon seemed out of the race at the 100 when he turned in 8th place, but he used his 27.96 breaststroke split, a second ahead of the next fastest Chase Kalisz (28.86), to surge to the front.

Hear from Szaranek post race:

Gunnar Bentz, Chase Kalisz, Andrew Seliskar, Andreas Vazaios and Jon Roberts also swam in the A-final. Szaranek now moves up to 9th all-time in the 200 IM, while Murphy and Bentz are now right behind him at 10th and 12th respectively.

Texas (140.5) has extended its lead over now second place Florida (96.5). NC State is now in third (96) and Cal is in fourth (91).

Licon is now the first swimmer to repeat in the 200 IM since Ryan Lochte won in 2005 and 2006. Texas now has four 200 IM NCAA titles with Licon (2016), Austin Surhoff (2010) and Nate Dusing (2001). Florida now has eight 200 IM titles. Szaranek joins Marcin Cieslak (2014), Bradley Ally (2009), Ryan Lochte (2005, 2006), Greg Burgess (1994, 1993) and Martin Zubero (1991) as 200 IM champions.

Event 4  Men 200 Yard IM
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         NCAA: N 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
 Championship: C 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
     American: A 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
   U. S. Open: O 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
         Pool: P 1:40.50  3/23/2017 Will Licon, Texas
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Licon, Will            SR Texas             1:40.50    1:40.67   18.5
    r:+0.68  22.09        48.34 (26.25)
        1:16.30 (27.96)     1:40.67 (24.37)
  1 Szaranek, Mark         JR Florida           1:41.11    1:40.67   18.5
    r:+0.63  22.16        47.13 (24.97)
        1:16.42 (29.29)     1:40.67 (24.25)
  3 Murphy, Ryan           SR California        1:41.79    1:40.73   16  
    r:+0.61  21.78        46.22 (24.44)
        1:15.93 (29.71)     1:40.73 (24.80)
  4 Bentz, Gunnar          JR Georgia           1:41.12    1:40.90   15  
    r:+0.70  22.04        47.81 (25.77)
        1:16.74 (28.93)     1:40.90 (24.16)
  5 Kalisz, Chase          SR Georgia           1:41.20    1:41.19   14  
    r:+0.70  23.18        47.70 (24.52)
        1:16.56 (28.86)     1:41.19 (24.63)
  6 Seliskar, Andrew       SO California        1:41.49    1:41.26   13  
    r:+0.61  21.82        46.93 (25.11)
        1:16.18 (29.25)     1:41.26 (25.08)
  7 Vazaios, Andreas       JR NC State          1:40.77    1:41.53   12  
    r:+0.68  21.92        46.74 (24.82)
        1:16.45 (29.71)     1:41.53 (25.08)
  8 Roberts, Jonathan      JR Texas             1:42.24    1:42.56   11  
    r:+0.70  22.42        47.81 (25.39)
        1:18.23 (30.42)     1:42.56 (24.33)
 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 4                  
 
  1. Texas                           140.5   2. Florida                          96.5
  3. NC State                           96   4. California                         91
  5. Stanford                           76   6. Indiana                            56
  7. Univ of Georgia                    55   8. Auburn                             41
  9. South Carolina                     40  10. Louisville                         29
 11. Alabama                            28  11. Southern Cali                      28
 11. Michigan                           28  14. Missouri                           25
 15. Arizona State                      22  16. Wisconsin                          21
 17. Notre Dame                         12  18. Texas A&M                          10
 19. Florida State                       7  20. UNC                                 6
 20. Harvard                             6  22. Northwestern                        4
 22. Tennessee                           4  22. Virginia Tech                       4
 25. Arizona                             2  25. Hawaii                              2
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