Bobby Finke on 3rd 14:12 of Career: “…Again? In a Mile?”


  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
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Reported by Nick Pecoraro.


  • NCAA Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (Florida) – 2020
  • American Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (Florida) – 2020
  • U.S. Open Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (Florida) – 2020
  • Meet Record: 14:22.41, Clark Smith (Texas) – 2017
  • Pool Record: 14:23.52, Connor Jaeger (Club Wolverine) – 2014
  • 2019 Champion: Felix Auboeck (Michigan), 14:23.09
  • 2020 Top Performer: Bobby Finke (Florida), 14:12.08


Top 3: 

  1. Bobby Finke (Florida)- 14:12.52 *Meet/Pool Record
  2. Jake Magahey (Georgia)- 14:28.69
  3. Ross Dant (NC State)- 14:31.17

After the 250-yard mark, no one could match Bobby Finke‘s pace during the fastest heat of the 1650 free. The question was not if Finke would win the title, but if he could break his 14:12.08 records from the 2020 SEC Championship final. At the touch, the title was Finke’s, touching in at 14:12.52. This is now Finke’s third 14:12 performance and the third-fastest swim in history.

Picking up second place for the Bulldogs was Jake Magahey, hitting 14:28.69. Moving up to third place was NC State sophmore Ross Dant, whose time of 14:31.17 makes him the 15th-fastest American in history.

Out of heat four, Arizona’s Brooks Fail dropped 13 seconds from his seed time to place fourth overall at 14:31.48, just 0.31s behind Dant. That also mints an Arizona program record. Rounding out the top six times were Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland (14:33.93) and former ND teammate Zach Yeadon of Cal (14:36.06).

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Let’s go
1 year ago

I like Coleman’s interviews, he asks good questions that drill down a little bit. I hate how most swimming interviews are like “how’d you feel about the race?” Then the swimmer goes “oh I went out pretty hard and thought I would die but then I held on.” That’s not interesting to listen to

Reply to  Let’s go
1 year ago

You can tell Coleman’s interview skills have really improved throughout the pandemic with the hundreds of SwimSwam Podcast episodes

Mr Piano
Reply to  PVSFree
1 year ago

Yo you should watch Brett Hawke’s interviews, he’s built up his skills rather nicely after the dozens of hour long interviews he’s done

Max Hardie
1 year ago

What is his best time in 1500 LCM? Any chance for a medal in Tokyo with Welllbrock, Romanchuk, Paltrinieri and super talented & young Franko Grgic (18 yers and already 14.46 in LC). Americans are losing perspective swimming sc yards (nobody else in the world does it).

Reply to  Max Hardie
1 year ago

Finke was 14:48 3 years ago, back before he broke the AM in yards. So one can certainly hope he’ll be with the big boys this summer in Tokyo.

Max Hardie
Reply to  SwimmerfromCali
1 year ago

Thanks for your reply, very good time indeed. I think it will take under 14.40 to medal in Tokyo though

1 year ago

Well on the bright side…… at least he is consistent lol.

Reply to  Khachaturian
1 year ago

Yep. Better to be consistent than be 14:12,14:30.14:23 for example. Shows his grit in training and determination to be on his best every taper meet.

1 year ago

Good interview! I like his perspective and modesty! I especially was impressed with his after race interview on deck when he also thanked his club coach, Fred Lewis. I know many swimmers had to go home to train during part of the pandemic. But many times they don’t take the opportunity to thank them. Club coaches I’ve the athletes the background and mentality to. Be the best they can be!

Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

Missed the on deck interview, but yes THANK YOU Fred; keeps churning them out.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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