Freshman Jake Magahey Breaks Down Historic 4:06.7 500 Duel & 200 Free SEC Title

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Reported by Jared Anderson.

Florida junior Kieran Smith was already the American and NCAA record-holder with his 4:06.32 from last year’s SEC meet. The fastest swimmer in history in the event, Smith hit the gas early, going out 1.3 seconds faster to the 200-mark than he was in his American record swim a year ago. Meanwhile, Georgia freshman Jake Magahey went out in about the same pace Smith did a year ago. And the distance-oriented Magahey followed the Smith gameplan, dropping his splits into the 24-highs, and even outpaced Smith with closing splits of 24.8, 24.4 and 24.3. Magahey wrapped the race in 4:06.71 – putting him as the #2 swimmer of all-time behind only Smith.

Top Performances All-Time, Men’s 500-yard free

  1. Kieran Smith (2020) / Kieran Smith (2021) – 4:06.32
  2. Jake Magahey (2021) – 4:06.71
  3. Zane Grothe (2017) – 4:07.25
  4. Townley Haas (2019) – 4:08.19

The next night, with Smith swimming the 400 IM, it opened the floodgates for the freshman Magahey to take the SEC title in the 200 free, swimming another come-from-behind race to touch out the competition at 1:32.2. Magahey walks us through his freshman season and what made it such a success.



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1 month ago

Class act!

1 month ago

Fantastic swims for the freshman

Calbear fan
1 month ago

I believe you meant “duel” in the article header.

Reply to  Calbear fan
1 month ago

Yet another chapter in swimming’s fraught relationship with dual/duel

Dual Banjos Dueling
Reply to  Reid
1 month ago

Many seem to struggle with this concept. Two teams can have a dual meet, which is a duel between two teams. We could call that a “Dual Duel”. But several teams having a swimming duel would not be a Dual Meet. Thus, “dual” has dual meanings, while “Duel” only has one. Duel with that concept for a hundred meters. (Which could be short course…)

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