USA Swimming Long Course Nationals: Peter Vanderkaay Drops Hammer for 200 Free Title

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PALO ALTO, California, August 3. PETER Vanderkaay, who is training in Florida but represents the Oakland Live Y'ers in competition, dropped the hammer in the final 75 meters to claim the men's 200 free at the USA Swimming Long Course Nationals.

Vanderkaay rocketed to a 1:46.45 for the win, moving to eighth in the world this year. Vanderkaay posted splits of 25.19, 27.12, 27.13 and 27.01 en route to the victory. Ryan Lochte (1:44.44) and Michael Phelps (1:44.79) hold the top two times in the world for the U.S.

Snow's Matt McLean, who won the 400 free last night, posted a personal best of 1:47.77 for second. That cracked the top 25 in the world for McLean. Ricky Berens grabbed third in 1:48.32.

Scot Robison (1:48.49), Michael Klueh (1:48.50), Dax Hill (1:49.17), Matt Patton (1:49.28), Tyler Clary (1:49.30), Adam Ritter (1:49.55) and Peter Geissinger (1:49.70) rounded out the championship heat.

Phelps had been the five-time defending champion in long course national titles in the event, but elected to scratch the meet after competing at the FINA World Long Course Championships.

Longhorn's Jackson Wilcox snatched the B final title in 1:49.84, with Conor Dwyer (1:49.96) and Morgan Priestley (1:49.97) providing a close finish. Meanwhile, Carolina's Michael Flach surfaced from a close contest with a C final win of 1:50.66. The top five swimmers all posted 1:50s in the race.