Bentz & Licon Swim Long Course 400 Fly & 400 Breast

Disclaimer: Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the

Disclaimer: Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Swim of the Week is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

Which is harder: a 400-meter butterfly or a 400-meter breaststroke?

Texas pro group training partners Gunnar Bentz and Will Licon can debate that topic and draw on personal experience after last week’s TXLA Kickoff.

Bentz, a Georgia grad and 2016 U.S. Olympian, and Licon, a Texas grad and former NCAA champion, now train together out of the postgraduate group at the University of Texas. And in a home meet last week, both took on some unorthodox events.

Bentz and Licon entered the 400 free in the long course meters meet. But Bentz swam the race all butterfly and Licon swam the race entirely breaststroke.

Bentz was 4:22.22 in the 400 fly, going 2:08.99 over his first 200 and 2:13.23 over the second half. He swam the race remarkably well, descending the last three 100s and closing the race with some pep in a 32.2 final 50. Here’s a breakdown of his splits by 50, 100, and 200:

Gunnar Bentz 400 Fly

50 Splits 100 Splits 200 Splits
28.49
32.84 1:01.33
33.56
34.10 1:07.66 2:08.99
33.77
33.14 1:06.91
34.04
32.28 1:06.32 2:13.23 4:22.22

Licon’s swim may have been even more impressive. He was out in 2:16.33 – a time that would rank #27 among all Americans this season as a standalone 200 breast. Licon kept his 50 splits stable in the 35s save for one slip into the 36s. He went 2:22.51 over the second 200, including a 1:10 closing 100.

Will Licon 400 Breast

50 Splits 100 Splits 200 Splits
31.07
34.20 1:05.27
35.29
35.77 1:11.06 2:16.33
35.71
36.57 1:12.28
35.21
35.02 1:10.23 2:22.51 4:38.84