14th August 2015 back to news

Our Rising Star in Great Form

Our Rising Star in Great Form

Craig Benson Edges Licon, Wilson in 200 Breast Final At USA Nationals


Craig Benson won the 200-metre breast stroke with a stellar 2:09.68 at USA Nationals in August.  The Scottish swimmer, who was sponsored last year by Graham + Sibbald, added 0.58 from his 2:09.10, which stands 11th in the world, but had enough juice to top Will Licon.  Licon silvered with a 2:10.02, and was followed closely by Andrew Wilson.  Wilson’s fall to third was a bit of a surprise after his sub-minute victory in the 100-metre breast stroke and his 2:09.84 swim in earlier races at the same meet.  The three remained close throughout the race, as the split times below indicate.

Benson: 30.50/32.80/34.05/32.33

Licon: 29.44/33.32/32.85/34.31

Wilson: 29.46/32.97/34.18/33.74


This win for Craig is just .58 off his personal best time, which is helping his prospects look good just one year away from Rio.  Craig was racing against silver medallist Michael Jamieson and also multiple Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps among others, so it was a tough race!


Craig also won silver in the 100m Breaststroke in 1:00:13.  He is rightly pleased with the way he’s finished up the season.


Graham + Sibbald is also delighted to see the first of its Rising Stars do so well.