Jake Magahey on Matt Sates: “The most ridiculous swimmer I’ve ever swam against”


Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • World Record – 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American Record – 3:42.78, Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • U.S. Open Record – 3:43.53, Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • LC Nationals Record – 3:43.53, Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • World Junior Record – 3:44.60, Mack Horton (2014)

Top 3:

  1. Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta) – 3:46.36
  2. Jake Mitchell (Florida) – 3:46.59
  3. Kieran Smith (Ridgefield Aquatic Club) – 3:48.48

Olympic bronze medalist Kieran Smith set the pace early on, holding between a half second a whole second lead for the first 300m. Texas Longhorn David Johnston stayed the closest to him for the first half of the race, but SwimAtlanta/Georgia’s Jake Magahey moved up with a 28.78 split on the fifth 50, and continued to power forwards.

Meanwhile, Olympian Jake Mitchell roughly matched Magahey’s splits over the last 150, but he’d had to work himself up from 5th place at the 250m mark. He didn’t have quite enough in the tank to catch Magahey, who touched first in 3:46.36. That’s a new personal best for the 2021 NCAA Champion in the 500 yard free. Mictchell took 2nd in 3:46.59, followed by Smith at 3:48.48.

Both Magahey and Mitchell have reportedly been dealing with health issues, as has Florida’s Bobby Finke, who scratched the 1500 free Tuesday due to non-Covid related illness, but took 4th tonight in in 3:48.99.

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9 months ago

All respect to Jake. Phenomenal swimmer.
But the grammar geek in me cringes every time I see swam/swum mistakes. For athletes in our sport – we need to do a better job of teaching swim/swam/swum:

I like to swim.
I swam yesterday.
I have swum against amazing swimmers.

Michael Andrew Wilson
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9 months ago

With all the awful grammar out there in the world, this is a pretty mild example to get fired up about. It didn’t get my attention and I’m pedantic AF about that kind of thing.

9 months ago

I love this video. The respect and sportsmanship…plus the competitiveness…all tied together with a classic swimming set…makes this a story to which every swimming can both admire and relate. 💪👍😊

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