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

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

PVSFree

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

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

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

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

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

Old Man Chalmers
William Wallace

Kieran smith is goated

Charlie N

Wally B? Coach?

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