Florida’s Kieran Smith Becomes #4 All-Time with 1:30.1 200 Free at SECs

2020 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Florida Gators geared up for night 1 of the 2020 SEC Championships on Wednesday, with swimmers competing in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. Kieran Smith had a historic swim on the first leg of the Gators’ 800 free relay. Smith raced to a 1:30.11, blowing away his best by 4 seconds. That makes him the 4th fastest man in history, moving ahead of 2019 NCAA Champion Andrew Seliskar. His swim was also the 4th fastest performance ever. You can watch the race here.

ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMERS – MEN’S 200 FREE

Place Swimmer Time
1 Dean Farris 1:29.15
2 Townley Haas 1:29.50
3 Blake Pieroni 1:29.63
4 Kieran Smith 1:30.11
5 Andrew Seliskar 1:30.14
6 Zach Apple 1:30.34
7 Drew Kibler 1:30.83
8 Dylan Carter 1:30.95
9 Simon Burnett 1:31.20
10 Mikel Schreuders 1:31.27

Smith smashed the former Florida school record, which was set by Shaune Fraser at a 1:31.70 back in 2009. Fraser was a 2-time NCAA Champion. This leads to some options for Smith’s individual lineup. Last year, he opted for the 400 IM, but he’s easily in the title conversation for the 200 free NCAA title. He’s the fastest man currently in the NCAA, as Harvard’s Dean Farris, who set the American Record last season, is taking a redshirt this year. Last season, Smith was the 400 IM runner-up at the SEC Championships and scored in the NCAA B final.

The Gator men went on to break the SEC Meet Record in 6:09.51. They were faster than last season’s relay, even without Maxime Rooney (who transferred to Texas) and Trey Freeman (an Olympic redshirt). Smith was joined by Gerry Quinn (1:32.63), Khader Baqlah (1:32.97), and Clark Beach (1:34.27).

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The Michael Phelps Caterpillar
2 years ago

As a former teammate of Kieran’s I can confirm the only thing he is better at than swimming is Mario Kart. Although he could never beat me, of course.

How much can CD bench?
2 years ago

Anyone remember way long ago in 2017 when we were all worried about the us men’s 4×200?

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  How much can CD bench?
2 years ago

Kieran thinking: hell ya I’m gonna be on the 4×200 in Tokyo

Horninco
Reply to  How much can CD bench?
2 years ago

Not sure these SCY times will convert to LCM 1:44’s

Would be nice though.

COOL DOWN
Reply to  How much can CD bench?
2 years ago

If “being worried” means thinking the USA does not have a guaranteed path to gold, then I wouldn’t stop fretting.

Generous splits of:

Seliskar (lead-off): 1:45.5
Pieroni: 1:44.5
Haas: 1:44.5
Smith: 1:45.0

add up to 6:59.50, which is fast, but not a guaranteed win.

N P
Reply to  COOL DOWN
2 years ago

While I definitely agree with you, if you’re going with generous splits Haas should be faster since he’s split 1:43 fairly recently.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  COOL DOWN
2 years ago

It will be a very close race.
First US men’s 4X200 at olympic games without MP since 2004.
2004. Gold
2008. Gold
2012. Gold
2016. Gold
Interesting to see if Dressel and Lochte are interested in swimming that relay.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

Lochte is certainly interested ….not sure about Dressels schedule though

Ragnar
2 years ago

Smith Vs Farris will be the heavyweight championship of the world 2021 NCAAs…of course they’ll have to take their 4×200 Olympic golds off first

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

Kibler may be in the mix. And Dean may be going pro after Tokyo…if he doesn’t directly ascend unto the heavens

Ragnar
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

He’d have gone pro now if he wasn’t swimming NCAA next year. Luckily for us and his future, he wants to graduate from Harvard. He’ll probably be head of Space Force as captain of the Enterprise after he cures some disease and unites the five kingdoms

Horninco
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

Kibler went 1:30.8 mid season. He “may have more in the tank” himself

4IM
2 years ago

What else is my mans swimming

Dbswims
2 years ago

Dean took a redshirt and Smith said “Fine, I’ll do it myself”

Anonymous
2 years ago

I can’t believe Simon Burnett is 8th now. That legendary record stood for quite awhile, with a 1:31 considered to be a freak of nature swim when it happened. Along came Haas and now we see sub 1:31’s or better every year. It’s amazing how competitive the sport has become.

Marmot
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

All it takes is one man to break the mold. Haas is the guy who doesn’t/didn’t let outside noise dictate what he was capable of.

Once you get past that and prove it can be done, more people follow.

Wondering
Reply to  Marmot
2 years ago

Does that mean future generations will all sport dad bods?

PVSFree
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

No. They will sport Dean Bods. As it should be.

Togger
Reply to  PVSFree
2 years ago

We are made in his image.

COOL DOWN
Reply to  Marmot
2 years ago

Agreed. Similar to Tom Shields’s 200 fly at 2013 NCAAs. First NCAA athlete under 1:40, now 10 others have done it too.

Bub
2 years ago

What’s even scarier is that he probably has more in the tank for NCAAs, I’m pretty sure this is the fastest swim outside of that meet.

YURRRRDD
Reply to  Bub
2 years ago

Yes sirrrrr. You already know the drill

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Bub
2 years ago

Everyone allegedly has more in the tank for NCAAs until they swim slower at NCAAs. I hope he swims faster at NCAAs but I’ll be surprised if he does.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

What’s the use of tapering for conference meets? If I was the coach I wouldn’t care about that meet and I would focus only on NCAAs. If you make your swimmers swim 1 second slower at NCAAs than 3 or 4 weeks earlier you look really idiot. Swim fast when it counts the most.

MarkB
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

Bobo, the cuts for NCAA’s are pretty fast. Not everyone can just focus on the big meet (actually, most everyone can’t).

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  MarkB
2 years ago

he still has to learn those swimming tips as a fan …..

Anonymous
Reply to  Bub
2 years ago

He probably has more in the tank if he wore clear goggles 😉

Daddy
2 years ago

Kieran… you slay me

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