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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SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 year ago

man, 1:30.11 is now only the 4th fastest ever. I remember when nobody could go 1:30 for the longest time.

PVSFree
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 year ago

That Burnett record stood for like 7 years, and now we’ve had 8 men go under it in 4. That’s crazy. I love swimming

Dcswim
Reply to  PVSFree
1 year ago

It stood for 10 years actually, which I think is even more surprising considering the success the US had in the 200 over those years compared to the years since

flutterfree
Reply to  Dcswim
1 year ago

Yea it was like nobody could swim it SCY.

PVK – better lcm
Lochte – better lcm
Phelps – better lcm and never truly peaked SCY
Berens – potentially better lcm
Walters – best 1st 100 of a 200 lcm ever (shout out Rome 2009 Worlds relay leg)

Eventually the underwater crowd merged/extended with the 200 crowd and now we have plenty of guys who have it figured out SCY but can’t quite match it lcm

flutterfree
Reply to  flutterfree
1 year ago

Lochte should’ve been better SCY… feels weird typing better LCM with his underwaters but still… 1:32.4 vs 1:44.4

leisurely1:29
1 year ago

probably won’t swim the individual at this meet either. 4im is gonna be nasty.

William Wallace
1 year ago

Kieran smith is goated

Charlie N
Reply to  William Wallace
1 year ago

Wally B? Coach?

YURRRRDD
1 year ago

Kieran is the GOAT

Daddy
1 year ago

Kieran… you slay me

Bub
1 year 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
1 year ago

Yes sirrrrr. You already know the drill

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Bub
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Anonymous
Reply to  Bub
1 year ago

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

Anonymous
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Does that mean future generations will all sport dad bods?

PVSFree
Reply to  Wondering
1 year ago

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

Togger
Reply to  PVSFree
1 year ago

We are made in his image.

COOL DOWN
Reply to  Marmot
1 year 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.

Dbswims
1 year ago

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

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