2020 Auburn Invite Day 1 Prelims: Kieran Smith Puts Up 4:11.08 500 FR

2020 Auburn Fall Invitational

  • Wednesday, November 18th- Friday, November 20th
  • James E. Martin Aquatic Center, Auburn, AL
  • Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Prelims/Finals
  • Teams: Auburn, Florida
  • Live Results

The 2020 Auburn Fall Invitational has kicked off here at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center as the Auburn Tigers host the Florida Gators this week. The championship-style meet will feature three days of competition, consisting of a prelims and finals session each day. This morning, the invite saw the prelims of the men’s and women’s 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free.

Highlighting the prelims session was Florida junior Kieran Smith‘s leading 500 free time, where he put up a 4:11.08. That registers as the 2nd-fastest swim of his career, only behind his NCAA/American record of 4:06.32 from the 2020 SEC Championships. Florida teammates sophomore Trey Freeman (4:16.87) and junior Bobby Finke (4:18.37) rounded out the top 3 times in the event this morning.

Smith also swam the 200 IM this morning, posting the top time of 1:46.46. The remaining top four in this event, Florida sophomore Kevin Vargas (1:47.46), Auburn freshman Reid Mikuta (1:47.50), and Florida junior Miguel Cancel (1:47.51), are separated by just five one-hundredths.

In the men’s 50 free, the entire top three this morning all swam sub-20, led by Florida sophomore Eric Friese (19.74). At the 2019 Georgia Tech Fall Invitational around the same time last year, Friese swam 20.07/19.73 in this event. Florida newcomer Adam Chaney put up the second-fastest swim this morning with a 19.81, which is just outside of his top five career times. Florida junior Will Davis rounded out this morning’s top three at 19.85. Sophomore Nik Eberly put up the fastest Auburn swim this morning at 20.15 to take fourth into finals.

On the women’s side, Florida sophomore Leah Braswell leads the 500 free by nearly 3 seconds heading into finals with a 4:41.28. Florida sophomore Tylor Mathieu (4:44.22) and newcomer Elise Bauer (4:44.76) finish off the top three morning times while Auburn’s Emily Hetzer sits in fourth with a 4:45.76. For Bauer, her time this morning chopped more than two seconds off her lifetime best of 4:47.34 from March 2019.

In the women’s 200 IM, Florida teammates Kathleen Golding (1:58.35) and Vanessa Pearl (1:58.53) swam morning times less than two-tenths apart, setting up a nice dual for this evening’s finals. Golding’s swim this morning flirted with her career best of 1:58.18, set at the 2020 SEC Championships. Auburn’s Hannah Ownbey registered the only other sub-2:00 swim this morning with a 1:59.53.

Topping the women’s 50 free was Florida sophomore Talia Bates, touching in at 22.59. Swimming just 0.04s behind Bates to join her in the middle lanes this evening was transfer teammate Katie Mack (22.63). Mack’s current career best is a 22.60, which she set as a 15-year-old in 2017. Auburn’s AJ Kutsch (22.86) and Florida’s Kirschtine Balbuena (22.88) were the remaining sub-23 swimmers this morning.

Tonight’s finals session is set to begin at 6:00pm ET, starting with the 200 free relay timed finals and ending with the 400 medley relay timed finals.

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Bub
1 month ago

That’s fast

bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Kieran Smith, 4:03 tonight. You heard it here first, folks.

Bub
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

I can get behind this

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

definitely possible, I’ve always thought men could get close to breaking 4 minutes

College Swimmer
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

Reminds me of an interesting conversation I had with a training buddy recently. I mused which might come first: a man breaks 4:00 in the 500, or a woman breaks 20.0 in the 50. Maybe a discussion for another place and time, but if Smith threw down a 4:03, I would have to believe the former as the more likely first outcome. (I felt a woman breaking 20.0 in the 50 seemed the more likely first outcome).

Speedy PG
Reply to  College Swimmer
1 month ago

Really? Why did you think thats more likely? That would take more than even a Dressel type swim!

Florida Coach
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

After doing the 400, 800 and 1500 LC the weekend before. Then going back up in yardage. This kid isn’t near rested or shaved.

LongCorse
Reply to  Florida Coach
1 month ago

He didn’t do the 1500 but I feel that

LongCorse
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

He might just be doing 200 IM tonight

STB
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

I believe he scratched the 500 tonight. Meet Mobile only shows him swimming the 200 IM.

Hswimmer
1 month ago

4:06 tonight?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

It’s not the UT pool.

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