Colin Feehery Breaks American Athletic Conference Record in 200 IM

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Colin Feehery; Photo Courtesy: SMU Athletics

Southern Methodist University’s Colin Feehery won the 200 individual medley at the American Athletic Conference Championships in Houston Thursday.

Feehery entered as the top seed by more than two seconds at 1:45.49. He went 1:45.14 in prelims, then 1:45.15 in finals, the effort needed to outlast runner-up Cincinnati’s Blake Hanna, who was second in 1:45.76.

Colin Feehery’s morning splits:

1 Colin Feehery    SO SMU-NT            1:45.49    1:45.14M q170  
             23.10        50.04 (26.94)
        1:19.47 (29.43)     1:45.14 (25.67)

And in the evening:

1 Colin Feehery    SO SMU-NT            1:45.14    1:45.15         20  
    r:+0.79  23.64        50.94 (27.30)
        1:19.63 (28.69)     1:45.15 (25.52)

The swim takes down the meet record set way back in 2014 by Louisville’s Nolan Tesone at 1:45.30. It fell just shy of the pool record, a 1:45.09 set back in November by Drury’s James Brown. The swim is an NCAA B cut.

Feehery is the top seed in Friday’s 400 IM, in which he already holds the pool record (3:45.94).

SMU has 374 points through one day of the meet. It leads Cincinnati, the only two teams on the men’s side of the draw. There are four women’s teams competing.

SMU was also within .04 of the men’s 200 free relay record, the foursome of Justin Baker, Daniel Forndal, Lance Butler and Charlie Kay going 1:18.38. The Louisville mark from 2014 survived the brush.

The 400 medley relay of Riley Hill, Caleb Rhodenbaugh, Jack Easton and Forndal did set a pool record in 3:09.84, besting a mark set by Drury in the fall (3:11.25). Cincinnati’s relay was also under that time.

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