Clark Smith Wins 1650 Free, 100 Free to Close Out KMSC Pro-Am


  • December 19th-22nd, 2019
  • Lewisville, Texas
  • SCY (25Y) Course
  • Meet Book
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  • Live Results on Meet Mobile

Erica Sullivan had a huge performance in the 1650 free on the final day of the 2019 KMSC Pro-Am. Sullivan dropped nearly 13 seconds in the mile, making her the 2nd fastest performer ever in the event behind only Olympic champion Katie Ledecky. Sullivan’s 15:23.81 moved her ahead of Olympians Katie Hoff and Leah Smith in those rankings.

Clark Smith (TXLA) racked up two more wins on the final night of the 2019 KMSC Pro-Am. Smith put up a 14:54.26 in the mile. He also won the 100 free in 44.21. Fellow post-grad Bryce Bohman also added another win, swimming a 1:44.91 to win the 200 fly.

13-year-old Katie Grimes (SAND) and 14-year-old Arabella Sims (SAND) each nabbed wins on Sunday night. Grimes lowered her best in the 200 back to 1:58.09, while Sims closed in on the 50-barrier with her 50.01 in the 100 free. Sims later won the 200 fly, dropping over 5 seconds off her time in 1:56.22.

Grimes’ older brother, Sawyer Grimes, took the 200 back in 1:45.88. That was a drop of over 2 seconds for him.

Additional Event Winners

  • Men’s 50 breast: Kevin Bartell (BSC), 25.20
  • Women’s 50 breast: Ellie McLeod (DADS), 29.19

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4 years ago

I assume this was a non-taper meet, and just an easy way (relatively short cheap flight on SW Air) to make some pro money. Viewed in that lens, the best comps would be his dual meet results from college, but of course they don’t swim the 1650 at most duals

I think his best dual meet time in 500 was 4:17 swimming against NC State’s Anton Ipsen (who went 4:19 at same meet). I believe he set the American record later that season. With similar drops, he will definitely be in the mix for the 400.

He was never close to 1:34 in a dual meet, more like 1:37’s when he swam it. If he makes final in that… Read more »

Reply to  AustinPoolBoy
4 years ago

I remember the meet he went 4:17 against Ipsen. He lost the 1000 by 75 yards at the start of the meet.

4 years ago

Clark had a good run but he is done…

Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

I hate to say it but you’re right. No chance at 2020 imo with such a stacked field.

Reply to  Guy
4 years ago

Who said he was going to make it in 2016?

Reply to  Guy
4 years ago

I would argue that USA men’s distance is far from stacked

Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

Go Clark Go!

Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

his stroke is still the prettiest though

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

Strong disagree on this. The US is still pretty open in the 400/800 distances and sneaking in a 800 relay slot isn’t that far out of the question.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

Obviously he isn’t done, because he’s still swimming. Even if he doesn’t make the Olympics, he’s doing what he enjoys

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
4 years ago

Time for him to sign up for USMS.

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 years ago

Nah. He looked damn good in Dallas and said he is putting in some of the best training he’s ever done. The dude hasn’t missed a beat.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

Sleep on Clark at your own peril.

Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

tough crowd here ….

Edward Denny
4 years ago

Bryce Bowman – LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!

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