2017 BIG 12 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, February 22 – Saturday, February 25
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center- University of Texas
- Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Central Time)
- Defending Champs: Texas (20x) (results)
- Championship Central
- Live Results
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.