SHEFFIELD, England – After wrapping up the 2016-17 collegiate campaign with a strong showing at the ACC Championships, sophomore Yusuke Legard continued that success over the weekend at the 2017 British Swimming Championships.
Legard began the meet by advancing to the men's open 100-meter freestyle final with a 50.19 mark in preliminaries. That tied him for second among the 19-21 year old age group. The Weybridge, Surrey, native went on to take eighth in the open final at 50.28.
Saturday's action at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre saw Legard clock 22.99 in the men's open 50-meter freestyle preliminaries, ranking him sixth among his age group. He went on to finish tied for second in the men's Target Tokyo 50-meter freestyle final at 22.89.
At this spring's ACC meet, Legard took down one of the Duke program's longest-standing school records, besting Spencer Booth's 100-yard freestyle mark of 43.45 from 2011 with a 43.44 swim. Legard finished 18th in the 100 freestyle and 22nd at the 50-yard distance while also competing on the Blue Devils' 200 and 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays in Atlanta.
Last summer, Legard competed in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2016 British Olympic Trials, tying for seventh among his age group.