Texas’ Clark Smith Splits Way To 1000 Free NCAA, American Record

Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold/Aringo

While pushing the pace early as part of the 1650-yard freestyle, Texas’ Clark Smith broke the NCAA and American records in the 1000-yard free at the 2015 Texas Hall of Fame Invitational today.

Smith hit the wall in 8:33.93 at the 1000 before finishing 12th overall in 15:41.16 as he cruised the last 650.

That swim broke the American record of 8:36.49 set by Erik Vendt back in January of 2008.  It also crushed Texas-Ex Michael McBroom’s NCAA record of 8:43.48 from February 2013 in Austin as well.

As you can see by the splits below, Smith definitely enjoyed the record before picking up his speed down the stretch.


48.25, 1:38.99 (50.74), 2:30.55 (51.56), 3:22.35 (51.80), 4:14.44 (52.09), 5:06.69 (52.25), 5:59.04 (52.35), 6:51.04 (52.00), 7:42.86 (51.82), 8:33.93 (51.07), 9:57.81 (1:23.88), 11:07.11 (1:09.30), 12:22.11 (1:15.00), 13:23.44 (1:01.33), 14:18.22 (54.78), 15:14.96 (56.74), 15:41.16 (26.20)

Vendt’s time is one of the oldest American SCY records in the books.  Peter Vanderkaay’s 4:08.54 500-yard free from February 2008 is the oldest on the men’s, while Natalie Coughlin’s 49.97 100-yard back still remains for the women from March 2002.




  1. avatar

    Way! To! Go! Clark!

    Quite an incredible swim. Very impressive. Perhaps inspired by Cate Campbell’s split WR last week ;).

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