Kieran Smith Posts A 4:20 400 IM Less Than 2 Weeks Out From Nationals


  • Thursday-Sunday, July 12th-15th
  • Freeman Athletic Center Pool, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  • Long Course Meters
  • Results on MeetMobile, search “CT 2018 Senior Championships LC”

The 2nd day of the Connecticut Senior Championships featured the 200 free, 100 back, and 400 IM. Kieran Smith, who swims for Ridgefield Aquatic Club, threw down a 4:20.37 to win the men’s 400 IM. He split the race well all-around, putting up 100 splits of 58.79, 1:06.59, 1:15.67, and 59.32 respectively. That time came in slightly off his season best of 4:20.11, which he swam in Barcelona last month. Smith’s lifetime best is 4:17.63, which he swam at last year’s World Junior Champs, where he came in 4th. Smith Also anchored the 800 free relay with a 1:51.32.

14-year-old Meghan Lynch posted an impressive 4:51.23 to win the women’s 400 IM. Lynch posted good splits in all 4 strokes, but her free split of 1:05.81, and breast split of 1:20.75 were particularly fast. Lynch took 2.21 seconds off her best time of 4:53.44 with that swim. Lynch also won the women’s 200 free, posted a new personal best of 2:04.73 Previous best – 2:05.21)

Other Event Winners (Day 3)

  • Men’s 200 Free: Karl Bishop (Cheshire Sea Dog Swim Club) – 1:55.21
  • Women’s 100 Back: Kate Hazlett (Greenwich YMCA Dolphins) – 1:03.56
  • Men’s 100 Back: David May (Cheshire Y Sea Dog Swim Club) – 58.07

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bobo gigi
3 years ago

Very good 400 IM by Meghan Lynch. I remember watching her break 50 breast records a few years ago. She has gained much endurance since then.
Talking about the 400 IM, 13-year-old Claire Tuggle swam last week 4.55.22. And 3 weeks ago 12-year-old Leah Hayes swam 4.58.09. She has become the 2nd fastest 11/12 US girl in history behind Elizabeth Beisel who holds the NAG record in 4.55.35 since 2005. By the way she also went 2.19.12 in the 200 IM close to Missy Franklin’s 11/12 NAG record of 2.19.12 since 2008.

3 years ago

I think he can be under 4:15

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

JWR is 4:14.0, just sayin’…

Reply to  EX QUAKER
3 years ago

You make a fair point, but if you saw his work ethic and drive, I say that anything can happen

Reply to  Flyswimmer
3 years ago

I don’t disagree- I made that comment because I think it’s an incredibly realistic goal. I think he’s a future sub-4:10er.

3 years ago

Moderately fast

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Reply to  swimmertx
3 years ago

Probably faster than you xD


It’s a thing they say at Ridgefield, apparently. And yes, probably moderately faster than me, too.

3 years ago

Good swimming is always great to see. These are great kids who work hard for it. The sport needs more of these kinds of swimmers.