Clark Smith Downs Big 12 Meet Record with 4:11.1 500 Free


Shortly after the home crowd saw a Big 12 Record go down on the women’s side, Longhorn fans were in for another record-breaking swim in the men’s 500 free. Texas All-Americans Clark Smith and Townley Haas battled it out, with Smith pulling away on the back half to win gold in 4:11.11. That cleared the former Big 12 Meet Record of 4:11.41 set by Michael Klueh in 2008.

Defending NCAA champ Haas wound up 2nd in 4:12.90, while teammate Jeff Newkirk turned in a personal best 4:15.99 to take bronze. Jonathan Roberts finished 4th in 4:24.41 to give the Longhorns a sweep of the top 4 spots.

Smith’s Splits By 100:

  • 1st 100- 47.99
  • 2nd 100- 51.02
  • 3rd 100- 51.25
  • 4th 100- 51.39
  • 5th 100- 49.46
  • Final Time- 4:11.11

Smith was a few seconds off his Conference Record, which he set at a blazing 4:08.82 at last season’s Texas Invite. He was quite a bit faster than he was at the 2016 conference meet, though, beating his 4:16.31 from that meet by over 5 seconds.

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This is Clark Smith’s year! Love to see what he and Tawnley will do!

phelps swims 200 breast rio

No doubt the 500 will be a great race!


we said that last year as well…


Lets see what they do this summer as well for Team Usa – could be great indeed

bobo gigi

Hopefully someone finally puts the record at a very high level. Like Haas in the 200 free last year. Time for someone to go around 4.05.

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