Kieran Smith Blasts 1:29.48 Leading off Florida’s 800-F-R, Now #2 All-Time

by Robert Gibbs 35

February 23rd, 2021 College, News, SEC

2021 SEC MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Florida junior Kieran Smith came within a few tenths of his second freestyle U.S. Open Record, as he led off Florida’s 800 free relay in 1:29.48, moving him to #2 all-time.

Smith came into tonight with a lifetime best of 1:30.11, which he did leading off Florida’s relay at last year’s SEC Championships, which put him at #4 all-time.

Fastest 200 Freestyles (SCY)

  1. Dean Farris – 1:29.15
  2. Kieran Smith – 1:29.48
  3. Townley Haas – 1:29.50
  4. Blake Pieroni – 1:29.63
  5. Andrew Seliskar – 1:30.14 (twice)

Of those five, 3 swam their best times leading off a 800 free relay, with Farris and Pieroni leading off an 800 free relay at NCAAs. Haas swam his best time as an individual event, and Seliskar at the 2019 NCAA Championships split 1:30.14 leading off an 800 free relay and to win the individual event. Despite Smith’s valiant efforts tonight, Texas A&M came out on top in tonight’s relay, snapping an 8-year winning streak for the Gators.

Last year, Smith followed up his 1:30.11 leadoff on Day 1 by swimming the fastest 500 free ever on Day 2, ripping a 4:06.32 that lowered that mark by nearly a second. He’s entered in both the 500 free and the 200 IM tomorrow, so it will be interesting to which event he ends up swimming.

Smith was faster on all four splits of his 200 free than he was at last year’s SEC Championships, but notably his finishing 50 did most of the damage, .43 seconds better. If Smith is getting better at the “endurance” part of his freestyle, that bodes well for his 500 free on Wednesday.

Smith – 2020 SECs
Smith – 2021 SECs
20.85 20.68
22.53 (43.38) 22.61 (43.29)
23.20 (1:06.58) 23.09 (1:06.38)
23.53 (1:30.11) 23.10 (1:29.48)

The difference between Smith and the fastest-ever Dean Farris comes in the opening 100. In his record-breaking swim, Farris split 42.8 on the first 100.

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yaboi
2 months ago

I think we can probably take a guess at which one he’s swimming

Daniel Jablonski
2 months ago

Anyone want to see him swim both, and take the day off on day 3 to rest for the mile? 👀

Questionable
Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
2 months ago

2 days off. SEC is an extra day so it would be a 2 day break before the mile on saturday.

(That is unless i missed if theyre shortening the meet to match NCAA lineups because its just mens teams this week)

ClubCoach
Reply to  Questionable
2 months ago

The meet was shortened, and Smith doesn’t swim the mile which is on Friday this year.

Sun Yangs Hammer
2 months ago

The split comparisons between Dean and Kieran is pretty notable. Absolute mad lad on the back half

PhillyMark
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
2 months ago

Farris was out 42.8
Kieran 43.28

Waader
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 months ago

TBH I wouldn’t call Smith a “mad lad on the back half” but rather I’d say he swam a balanced 200. Dean dropped added like a second from the 3rd to the 4th 50.

Last edited 2 months ago by Waader