Hugo Gonzalez Swims 3rd-Fastest 400 Yard IM Ever at SEC Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 22

February 16th, 2018 College, News, SEC


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After swimming one of the fastest 200 IMs ever, especially by a freshman, and being almost an afterthought to Caeleb Dressel’s all-time great swim, Auburn rookie Hugo Gonzalez took center-stage in the 400 IM. In that race, he swam a 3:35.76 to break the A&M Pool Record held by Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary (3:35.98). That jumps Gonzalez to 2nd on the all-time list in the 400 yard IM, with the 3rd-fastest performance in history.

Top 5 performance, 400 Yard IM, All-Time

  1. Chase Kalisz, Georgia, 2017 NCAA Championships – 3:33.42 (RS Senior)
  2. Chase Kalisz, Georgia, 2014 NCAA Championships – 3:34.50 (Sophomore)
  3. Hugo Gonzalez, Auburn, 2018 SEC Championships – 3:35.76 (Freshman)
  4. Josh Prenot, Cal, 2016 NCAA Championships – 3:35.82 (Senior)
  5. Tyler Clary, Michigan, 2009 NCAA Championships – 3:35.98 (Sophomore)

In the process, Gonzalez beat last year’s NCAA 3rd-place finisher Mark Szaranek from Florida, who swam 3:37.50 for 2nd, and another freshman Brandonn Almeida of South Carolina (3:39.09). Almeida owns 4 Brazilian National Records, though none in the 400 IM. The top 4 finishers all represent foreign countries internationally, including Gonzalez, who is a Spaniard.

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Split comparisons?


What citizenship does Hugo have?


Hugo is from Spain….like Rafa.


How old is he?


5yrs younger than Kalisz; 18 but he’ll be 19 in a few days.

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