Feigen tops Phelps in 100 freestyle at Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite
June 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – NCAA Champion Jimmy Feigen continued his string of success in 2012, besting Michael Phelps to win the 100-meter freestyle Friday night at the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite.
“It is a good confidence booster because Phelps is one of the best in the world,” said Feigen. “Just to swim next to him is an honor, much less to pull out a win. It is a humbling, awesome experience.”
Feigen entered the evening finals with the top time from prelims, swimming a 49.04 to be the only competitor under 50 seconds. He was in lane four with Olympic gold medalist Phelps next to him in lane three. Feigen led after the first 50 meters and held off Phelps’ surge late to win the race in 48.63, a personal best for Feigen.
“This meet tells us where we are at and I have been working really hard for meets like this,” said Feigen. “To be able to come here and see my training in action is a nice feeling. My times are good thus far and I am not done dropping them yet.”
Former UT swimmer and Olympian Brendan Hansen also emerged victorious on Friday night. He jumped out to a big lead in the first 100 of his 200 breaststroke. He touched the wall in 2:13.34 to improve his prelims time by one second and take first place.
“During the season the 200 breaststroke is a whole different animal than in trials when you are in shape, rested and ready to go,” said Hansen. “Today I wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone to see how I could handle myself. I hadn’t swum a race in this kind of fashion where I got out really fast in the first 100 to see where I was at. I use these meets to try different things.”
The meet will continue on through the weekend with prelims at 9:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday and finals starting at 6:20 p.m. on Saturday and 5:20 p.m. on Sunday.