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


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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1 year ago

Looked pretty leisurely to me…

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago


200 FREE KING, 1:27 easy
1 year ago

I wished that Yannick Agnel did a 200 free yard right after London.

1 year ago

When you realize his back half is 46.19…

1 year ago

If Kieran breaks the 200 free American record, Florida owns all of the individual men’s freestyle records. Think about that…

(P.S. I wanted to say: given no-one breaks any of the other records, but I’m pretty sure all of the other distances are a lock for anyone that’s not Finke or Smith. Like who’s gonna drop a 39.8 100y free before NCAAs?)

1:27 easy
1 year ago

I wished Yannick Agnel swam the 200 free yards right after London.

WY Wahoos
1 year ago

Connecticut represent!!

1 year ago

Correction- Seliskar also swam 130.14 to win NCAA individually.

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