Fallon wins national title with sixth-fastest time in U.S. history

The rising junior won gold in the 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday evening at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships.

Matt Fallon wearing a medal for winning the 200-meter breaststroke national championship.
Image: Penn Athletics

For the second year in a row, rising junior Matthew Fallon of the men’s swimming and diving team has won the national championship in the 200-meter breaststroke. Fallon placed first in the event on Wednesday evening at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis with a time of 2:07.71, the sixth-fastest time in U.S. history. Last year, he won the 200-meter breaststroke national title with a time of 2:07.91.

The top seed in the Finals, Fallon, from Warren, New Jersey, went from sixth place to first place in the back half of Wednesday’s race, splitting a 32.06 on the third 50 and a 33.19 on the final 50. With the win, he earned a spot on the United States National Team at World Aquatics Championships, which will be held July 14-30 in Fukuoka, Japan.

At the Ivy Championships in February at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Fallon placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:53.34), third in the 100 breast (52.72), and 10th in the 500 free (4:22.10). He qualified for the NCAA Championships but was unable to compete because of injury.

Rising junior Daniel Gallagher also competed in the Phillips 66 National Championships. He placed 39th in the preliminary round of the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:02.47.