Kieran Smith Breaks Down Monumental 4:06.32 500 Free, 1:29.48 200 Free

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Kieran Smith tied his 500 free American and NCAA Records on the nose tonight at the SEC Championships, clocking 4:06.32 for the second straight year to defend his title.

It didn’t come easy, however, as Georgia’s Jake Magahey took almost four seconds off his best time to become the second-fastest swimmer in history in 4:06.71.

Smith Record Split Comparison

SMITH, 2020 SECS SMITH, 2021 SECS
22.45 22.04
47.28 (24.83) 46.31 (24.27)
1:12.07 (24.79) 1:10.81 (24.50)
1:37.08 (25.01) 1:35.70 (24.89)
2:02.25 (25.17) 2:00.86 (25.16)
2:27.35 (25.10) 2:26.23 (25.37)
2:52.40 (25.05) 2:51.53 (25.30)
3:17.25 (24.85) 3:16.90 (25.37)
3:42.19 (24.94) 3:42.06 (25.16)
4:06.32 (24.13) 4:06.32 (24.26)

Smith said this difference in splitting was by design, reflecting that he needed to be out faster if he wanted to get to that next level. However, Smith is optimistic that there is a good middle ground to be found from his 2 4:06 outings, and he’s confident he can find the right splitting come NCAA’s to reach a new personal best.

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Hswimmer
1 month ago

Podcast mid meet?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

I love watching your podcasts, hopefully he will go faster at NCs. I would just be nervous talking about swims mid meet lol

Swimmer2
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

I think it’s better than post race interviews, just a quick chat after the athlete has had some time to reflect

Hswimmer
Reply to  Swimmer2
1 month ago

Yeah I get it, just a quick turn around though. I’d want to just talk after the meet personally.

Camelboar
1 month ago

I think he can go under at NCAA’s. When I see those splits it looks like all he needs is some more rest to hold the pace for the whole 500. Hope he gets under 4:06!

StuartC
1 month ago

Great interview! And kudos for getting him to do an interview right before going to bed.

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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