Kieran Smith Blasts New American Record With 4:06 500 at SECs (RACE VIDEO)

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Nearly 24 hours after nearly breaking 1:30 in the 200 freestyle, Florida sophomore Kieran Smith absolutely demolished the record books in the 500 freestyle, scorching a 4:06.32. The time lowered the NCAA record set last season by Townley Haas of Texas (4:08.19) and also took down Zane Grothe’s American record of 4:07.25 set in December 2017.

Smith finished ahead of Texas A&M junior Mark Theall (4:10.77) and Florida teammate Bobby Finke (4:10.86).

Kieran Smith led from start to finish and used an incredible last three 50’s to get under the American record. His win marks the first for Florida in the 500 at SECs since Pawel Werner in 2016.

This was the second record set on Wednesday night at the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn as Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin swam the fastest 50 freestyle relay split earlier in the night in the 200 freestyle relay.

Georgia’s Walker Higgins (4:13.98), Florida’s Khader Baqlah (4:15.86), Georgia’s Andrew Abruzzo (4:17.04), Georgia’s Greg Reed (4:18.88) and Alabama’s Nico Hernandez-Tome (4:19.47) also competed in the championship final.

Kieran Smith will be in the 400 IM on Thursday morning and his third event has not yet been determined. He is entered in the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle and will have to choose one of those events. He is in his sophomore year at Florida and swam the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back at last year’s NCAA Championships. He reached the final in both IMs last year, finishing seventh in the 400 and eighth in the 200.

Former record holder Zane Grothe has already reacted to the news of his record getting broken.

American Record Progression – Men’s 500 Freestyle

  • 4:06.32, Kieran Smith (2020)
  • 4:07.25, Zane Grothe (2017)
  • 4:08.42, Clark Smith (2017)
  • 4:08.54, Peter Vanderkaay (2008)
  • 4:08.60, Peter Vanderkaay (2006)
  • 4:08.75, Tom Dolan (1995)
  • 4:11.59, Chad Carvin (1994)
  • 4:13.06, Mike O’Brien (1985)
  • 4:14.85, Matt Cetlinski (1985)
  • 4:15.36, George DiCarlo (1984)
 Event 10  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 4:08.19  3/28/2019 Townley Haas, Texas
     SEC Meet: S 4:10.51  2/15/2018 Fynn Minuth, South Carolina
         Pool: P 4:10.77  2/18/2015 Mitch D'Arrigo, Florida
                 4:11.82  A
                 4:23.34  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Smith, Kieran S  SO FLOR              4:14.55    4:06.32NA       32  
    r:+0.68  22.45        47.28 (24.83)
        1:12.07 (24.79)     1:37.08 (25.01)
        2:02.25 (25.17)     2:27.35 (25.10)
        2:52.40 (25.05)     3:17.25 (24.85)
        3:42.19 (24.94)     4:06.32 (24.13)
  2 Theall, Mark J   JR Texas A&M         4:13.98    4:10.77PA       28  
    r:+0.66  22.68        47.21 (24.53)
        1:12.30 (25.09)     1:37.63 (25.33)
        2:03.16 (25.53)     2:28.93 (25.77)
        2:54.72 (25.79)     3:20.25 (25.53)
        3:45.76 (25.51)     4:10.77 (25.01)
  3 Finke, Bobby C   SO FLOR              4:13.74    4:10.86 A       27  
    r:+0.72  22.88        47.74 (24.86)
        1:12.95 (25.21)     1:38.28 (25.33)
        2:03.79 (25.51)     2:29.31 (25.52)
        2:54.98 (25.67)     3:20.61 (25.63)
        3:46.36 (25.75)     4:10.86 (24.50)
  4 Higgins, Walker  SR Georgia           4:13.66    4:13.98 B       26  
    r:+0.67  22.37        47.10 (24.73)
        1:12.54 (25.44)     1:38.19 (25.65)
        2:04.04 (25.85)     2:29.86 (25.82)
        2:55.88 (26.02)     3:22.05 (26.17)
        3:48.26 (26.21)     4:13.98 (25.72)
  5 Baqlah, Khader   SR FLOR              4:15.56    4:15.86 B       25  
    r:+0.70  23.00        48.05 (25.05)
        1:13.30 (25.25)     1:38.72 (25.42)
        2:04.75 (26.03)     2:30.32 (25.57)
        2:56.36 (26.04)     3:23.07 (26.71)
        3:49.72 (26.65)     4:15.86 (26.14)
  6 Abruzzo, Andrew  SO Georgia           4:15.03    4:17.04 B       24  
    r:+0.76  23.32        48.62 (25.30)
        1:14.49 (25.87)     1:40.52 (26.03)
        2:06.84 (26.32)     2:33.16 (26.32)
        2:59.64 (26.48)     3:25.74 (26.10)
        3:51.91 (26.17)     4:17.04 (25.13)
  7 Reed, Greg C     JR Georgia           4:16.79    4:18.88 B       23  
    r:+0.66  23.42        49.13 (25.71)
        1:15.08 (25.95)     1:41.40 (26.32)
        2:07.77 (26.37)     2:34.43 (26.66)
        3:00.77 (26.34)     3:27.25 (26.48)
        3:53.32 (26.07)     4:18.88 (25.56)
  8 Hernandez-Tome,  SO Alabama           4:17.64    4:19.47 B       22  
    r:+0.67  23.41        48.90 (25.49)
        1:14.87 (25.97)     1:41.09 (26.22)
        2:07.56 (26.47)     2:33.80 (26.24)
        3:00.33 (26.53)     3:27.24 (26.91)
        3:53.72 (26.48)     4:19.47 (25.75)
 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 10                  
 
  1. University of Florida             282   
  2. Texas A&M University              271
  3. Georgia, University of            263   
  4. Tennessee, University of, Knox    241
  5. Kentucky, University of           206   
  6. University of Alabama             205
  7. Auburn University                 179   
  7. Missouri                          179
  9. Louisiana State University        167  
 10. South Carolina, University of,    161
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2 years ago

Holy Moley that’s fast. Almost broke 1:30 in the 200?!?

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2 years ago

Kuddos!!!! That’s movin’!!!

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2 years ago

woah… crazy fast.

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2 years ago

Wow

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2 years ago

Mind. Blown.

That is so fast.

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2 years ago

That’s fast

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2 years ago

Paul McCloskey?

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2 years ago

Tom Reynolds dude, he split 1:30 for a 200 in the 800 free relay…INSANE!

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Just WoW!!!!! ? Congrats Kieran!!!!!

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2 years ago

Wow. Wally Flick

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2 years ago

Brian Kremers

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2 years ago

Jeezus

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2 years ago

Zachary Jones Aaron Wands ??????

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2 years ago

Doug Newman wow!!

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2 years ago

How? Just how? Amazing!!

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2 years ago

Aaron Wands there is video of the race for your viewing pleasure

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2 years ago

Doug Newman he shifted it to another gear at the 300

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2 years ago

Aaron Wands oh yeah…last 150 was insane.

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2 years ago

His splits are amazing! Like a machine!

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Wow!!! ???

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2 years ago

Awesome ?‍♂️?

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2 years ago

Outstanding !!!! Congrats Kieran !!!!

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2 years ago

Cooper Comstock

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2 years ago

Darren Powell

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2 years ago

Mike Burdick nice!

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2 years ago

Matthew M. Powell unbelievable swim!! Impressive to say the least.

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2 years ago

Byron Beede

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Emmanuel Lanzo
2 years ago

Ufff!

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Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Emmanuel Lanzo

#focusandeffortfoundhere

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2 years ago

Wow .. unbelievable

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2 years ago

Brent Wright check this out….!

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2 years ago

Super human ?

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2 years ago

Raymond Woods

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2 years ago

Phenomenal swim!!!

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2 years ago

Congrats to Kieran, our home state Southern CT. guy with killer times.

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2 years ago

Larry Leake wow

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2 years ago

Congratulations great job

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2 years ago

29 years ago I was battling to break 5 minutes. This is incredible

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2 years ago

Wow from me too Larry Leake

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2 years ago

Getting closer to cracking the 4’ mark ??

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2 years ago

Holy Shit that’s fast!

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Crazy! Congrats Kieran!