Clark Smith Smashes American Record to Win NCAA 1650 Free in 14:22.41
Texas' Clark Smith made his way to the wall ahead of Michigan's Felix Auboeck, South Carolina's Akaram Mahmoud, and Northwestern's Jordan Wilimovsky, as they became the 4 fastest 1650 freestylers in history. Current photo via Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com
Swimming fans in in Indianapolis, Indiana witnessed the fastest heat of 1650 freestylers in history on the final night the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships in the IUPUI Natatorium. In what Sam Kendricks described as “the greatest race he’s ever witnessed,” 4 men battled stroke-for-stroke through the final portion of the race. Texas’ Clark Smith made his way to the wall ahead of Michigan’s Felix Auboeck, South Carolina’s Akaram Mahmoud, and Northwestern’s Jordan Wilimovsky, as they became the 4 fastest 1650 freestylers in history.
With that, Smith took down the former American Record of 14:23.52 set by Connor Jaeger and the former NCAA Record of 14:24.08 set by Martin Grodzki.
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