Hugo Gonzalez: “I Have to do Everything I Can to Touch First” (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


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  • Championship Record: 3:36.21, Chase Kalisz (Georgia), 2017
  1. Hugo Gonzalez, AUB, 3:35.76
  2. Mark Szaranek, FLOR, 3:37.50
  3. Brandonn Almeida, SCAR, 3:39.09

Auburn freshman Hugo Gonzalez continues to be red hot, scorching the men’s 400 IM final in a time of 3:35.76. That swim breaks Chase Kalisz‘s meet record of 3:36.21 set last year, breaks Auburn’s school record, and puts him #2 all-time behind only Kalisz.

Mark Szaranek of Florida took the runner-up spot in 3:37.50, and a second freshman, Brandonn Almeida of South Carolina, touched 3rd in 3:39.09. All three of the top men are under the NCAA ‘A’ cut, and are currently the top-3 in the NCAA.

Almeida’s teammate Tom Peribonio took 4th in 3:41.67, and Georgia’s Jay Litherland was 5th in 3:42.50. Carter Grimes broke Mizzou’s school record to win the B-final in 3:43.02.

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Can’t help but root for him, so likeable

bob evans

I did not understand a word


that sounds like a you problem


He is still learning English dude! Give him more time. The first time he tried to speak English was around 6 months ago.
Anyway, it looks like people can understand him.


This guy is going to be one of my favorites to watch over the next few years. Looks like a medal contender in the IMs and possibly breast/back

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