Swim Poll of the Week: Was the NCAA Men’s 1650 the Greatest NCAA Race Ever?

This is the Swim Poll Of The Week for Wednesday, April 5, 2017, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Was the NCAA men’s 1650 the Greatest NCAA Race Ever?

The results are in, and…

Here are the answers:

Yes (66%)

No (34%)



  1. Bob McKeon

    Yes and the champ that handed out the award made it even more special – Tony all these years and your still in the conversation – congrats to all

  2. Zach Burr

    Best 1650 for sure, the next competitive mile would be 1976 Montreal, Brian Goodell, Bobby Hackett, and Stephen Holland. Rivals the NCAA mile because it was the olympics. The next close distance race would be the 400m free Olympic trials in 1976. Finally American distance swimming is back!! And very exciting, we can for sure see some sub 14:40 1500’s with this many guys at 14:22 in the 1650. A 14:30 in the 1650 is comparable to a 14:45 in the 1500. Would love to see one of these guys chase down Sun Yang’s record!!!

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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