Akaram Mahmoud is Gunning for Grothe’s Records at NCAA’s (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


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MEN’S 1650 FREE:

  1. GOLD: Akaram Mahmoud, South Carolina, 14:37.01
  2. SILVER: Jacob Wielinski, Missouri, 14:44.24
  3. BRONZE: Blake Manganiello, Florida, 14:46.19

The Gamecocks swept the distance events this week as 500 free runner-up Akaram Mahmoud picked up a win in the 1650 free. Florida’s Blake Manganiello set the pace early on and lead through the 600, but Mahmoud took over and extended his lead through the last 1000 yards. Manganiello held on for bronze behind Missouri’s Jacob Wielinski. South Carolina’s Brandonn Almeida and Cody Bekemeyer battled closely for 4th, with Bekemeyer out-touching Almeida 14:48.58 to 14:48.60. They had a 4th man in the top 8 with Rafael Davila (14:51.39) at 6th place, making this a huge points haul for the Gamecocks.

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I wonder whether he’ll be able to go under them. I would pick Haas for the 500. The mile will probably be a dog fight like last year. I would love to see a practice video of all these rising distance men.


The elusive substantive interview! Like this guy. Hope he nabs the record and title. I expect this race will be great again but its hard to imagine being better than last year.

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Mark Bernardino is an incredible coach of that D group.

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