Clark Smith Smashes American Record to Win NCAA 1650 Free in 14:22.41

2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

Splits Comparison:

Jaeger 2014 Smith 2017
50 24.28 23.94 50
100 26.34 25.84 100
150 26.31 25.98 150
200 26.64 26.32 200
250 26.66 26.43 250
300 26.52 26.45 300
350 26.07 26.32 350
400 26.07 26.50 400
450 26.26 26.49 450
500 26.07 26.52 500
550 26.28 26.50 550
600 26.36 26.57 600
650 26.31 26.33 650
700 26.21 26.37 700
750 26.38 26.36 750
800 26.41 26.50 800
850 26.41 26.49 850
900 26.46 26.43 900
950 26.28 26.42 950
1000 26.61 26.29 1000
1050 26.45 26.14 1050
1100 26.41 26.49 1100
1150 26.59 26.44 1150
1200 26.40 26.27 1200
1250 26.39 26.34 1250
1300 26.35 26.66 1300
1350 26.15 26.52 1350
1400 26.21 26.02 1400
1450 26.01 25.83 1450
1500 25.96 25.82 1500
1550 25.91 25.63 1550
1600 25.63 25.45 1600
1650 24.12 23.75 1650

All-Time Top 10 Performers: Men’s 1650 Free

Place Swimmer Time
1 Clark Smith 14:22.41
2 Felix Auboeck 14:22.88
3 Akaram Mahmoud 14:22.99
4 Jordan Wilimovsky 14:23.45
5 Connor Jaeger 14:23.52
6 Martin Grodzski 14:24.08
7 Chad La Tourette 14:24.35
8 Chris Thompson 14:26.62
9 Larsen Jensen 14:26.70
10 Sebastien Rouault 14:26.86

All-Time Top 10 Performances: Men’s 1650 Free

Place Swimmer Time
1 Clark Smith 14:22.41
2 Felix Auboeck 14:22.88
3 Akaram Mahmoud 14:22.99
4 Jordan Wilimovsky 14:23.45
5 Connor Jaeger 14:23.52
6 Martin Grodzski 14:24.08
7 Chad La Tourette 14:24.35
8 Chris Thompson 14:26.62
9 Larsen Jensen 14:26.70
10 Sebastien Rouault 14:26.86

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bobthebuilderrocks

TEXAS TOUGH CLARK!!! m/

Great job!

A non E mouse

That’s fast

Bonazananolopolous

4 swimmers in this heat beat the American, U.S. Open, NCAA, and Pool records and were within 1.04 seconds of each other in a nearly 14.5 minute race. This is the greatest NCAA race in history, hands down.

Uberfan

Absolutely insane, and one of these guys is only a freshmen.

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