Clark Smith Leads Tight 400 Free Field at Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Clark Smith of Longhorn Aquatics paced a good 400 free to be the only swimmer under 3:50 in the prelims at the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals on Friday morning. Smith leads a very, very tight field that includes seven swimmers at 3:50. Smith leads Texas teammate Townley Haas (3:50.01) and Stanford’s Grant Shoults (3:50.19).

Smith and Haas are already on the World Championship team as Haas won the 200 free a couple nights ago and Smith finished in the top six to grab a relay spot. Smith has the chance to book his first individual event ticket at a major international meet.

The rest of the field is very close with Kevin Litherland (3:50.24), Andrew Abruzzo (3:50.69), Mitch D’Arrigo (3:50.70), Zane Grothe (3:50.76) and Trey Freeman (3:50.91) in the A-final. Smith and Haas seem to have a lot left as they have both been under 3:46. Smith is the American Record holder in SCY and could be chasing a time near the top of the world rankings tonight.

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