Clark Smith Scratches from Tonight’s 1500 Free Final

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

Texas Longhorn Clark Smith has scratched out of the 1500 free final scheduled for tonight.

1500 free heat sheet

Smith, who posted a 15:17.08 in prelims, qualified seventh into the final. He was well off of his lifetime best, a 15:05.97 from May of this year.

Smith posted a 6th place finish in the men’s 200 free final, which will, in all likeliness, earn him a spot on the American 4×200 free relay for the Rio Olympics. That would be Smith’s only swim in Rio, though if he performs well enough in prelims, he could find himself swimming a leg of the relay in the final.

9th place Logan Houck from the Sandpipers of Nevada, who swam a 15:17.51 in prelims, will move into tonight’s final. Houck was about a second off of his lifetime best (15:16.80 from 2015 Summer Nationals), and he’ll get another chance to improve that tonight.

Top seed Connor Jaeger sits at 14:58.59 from prelims– he’s the American record holder in this event, and the heavy favorite to win the event tonight.

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34 Comments on "Clark Smith Scratches from Tonight’s 1500 Free Final"

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samuel huntington

????

Very strange decision.

Talented, but inconsistent and therefore unreliable swimmer. Hope he brings it for the 4×200 relay prelims. Seems like that’s one event US could still final in even if he only swims a 1:50. A 1:45 at Rio would do wonders to build his confidence.

That’s the only event they’ll final in? Not the 4×100 medley relay which they’ve won gold in I think ever since it started. The USA will win the medley relay like always and they will so final in the 4×100 free relay

I think what he meant was that is the only relay the US could field a poor swimmer in and still make the final

SwimmerFoxJet

The 4×200 is their baby, 2015 was a shocker, but not making the final is not realistic. 4×100 they are probably going to final in that too. Ryan Held, Jimmy, Ervin, and someone else are probably going 3:13 or so in the prelims. 4×100 IM, oh heck yea. They’re gonna final,

ERVINFORTHEWIN

They can anyway put Dressel , Held , Feigen and Ervin in prelims ….. and certainly qualify for the final

Steve Nolan

(Me thinks he means they could still final in it with one disastrous leg.)

Bingo, my bad if I misworded it. US should reconsider their practice of bringing six swimmers for relays if new rules are that each member of the Olympic team has to swim in an event.

Clearly Clark Smith is just now discovering he is a distance swimmer the past season. He has only swam the long course mile 3 times. He started swimming the mile short course in March. His trials focus on the 400 and 200 was correct and paid off. Best times with solid swims in both events (5 swims prelims and finals).

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studies sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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