Bobby Finke Swims #3 All-Time Performance in SCY 1650 – 14:12.52


  • 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
  • Streaming:
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Bobby Finke rattled his own NCAA and American Records in the men’s 1650 yet again tonight, winning the race massively with a 14:12.52. The marks his 3rd 14:12 of his career, and the 3rd-fastest performance of all-time in the event. For reference, Finke remains the only swimmer to ever swim under 14:18 in the event. Tonight’s swim also broke the NCAA meet record by over 10 seconds.

Finke first set the NCAA Record at the 2020 SEC Championships, where he popped off a 14:12.08. That swim was a massive drop for Finke, who had only been 14:23 previously. He was set as the heavy favorite for the event at the 2020 NCAAs, but that meet was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finke came back to SECs this year, and clocked a 14:12 again, touching in 14:12.18. He swam his 2021 SECs race differently than he did on his record swim from 2020, taking the race out more conservatively, and splitting faster on the back half. HE took a very similar approach tonight, again finishing just a hair off the record.

Here are the top 10 performances of all time in the men’s SCY 1650 free:

Rank Swimmer Time
1 Bobby Finke 14:12.08
2 Bobby Finke 14:12.18
3 Bobby Finke 14:12.52
4 Zane Grothe 14:18.25
5 Clark Smith 14:22.41
6 Felix Auboeck 14:22.88
7 Akram Mahmoud 14:22.99
8 Bobby Finke 14:23.01
9 Felix Auboeck 14:23.09
10 Jordan Wilimovsky 14:23.45

As the chart shows, Finke now owns 4 of the fastest 10 times in history. Now that he’s a senior, it’s unclear how often he’ll race a SCY mile from here on, although his future looks bright as he shifts his focus to LCM. Finke is among the favorites to represent the US in the distance events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer.

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1 year ago

His pacing was just crazy consistent. Everything other than the first 50 between 25.7 and 26.2 and really consistently tighter than that. Dropping a 4:18 in his third 500. Just amazing.

Tom Ebling
1 year ago

Congrats to the Longhorns! National Champs again!

1 year ago

What does it correspond to in 1500 LC?

Reply to  Paul
1 year ago

Any time conversion would be totally worthless for this event. It’s a world class swim, but any conversion time would be meaningless

1 year ago

That’s gotta suck to go 14:12 3 times

Reply to  Mich
1 year ago

No I don’t think it would

1 year ago

He’s a junior.