Kieran Smith Ties 500 Free American Record In 4:06.32; Magahey Now #2 All-Time

2021 SEC MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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 (’21) vs Magahey Split Comparison

Magahey out-split Smith on every 50 over the back-half of the race except for the last one, where Smith gutted it out for the win in 24.26.

Smith Magahey
22.04 22.50
46.31 (24.27) 47.33 (24.83)
1:10.81 (24.50) 1:12.23 (24.90)
1:35.70 (24.89) 1:37.57 (25.34)
2:00.86 (25.16) 2:02.82 (25.25)
2:26.23 (25.37) 2:27.98 (25.16)
2:51.53 (25.30) 2:53.09 (25.11)
3:16.90 (25.37) 3:17.93 (24.84)
3:42.06 (25.16) 3:42.40 (24.47)
4:06.32 (24.26) 4:06.71 (24.31)

When Smith broke the record last season, he lowered Zane Grothe‘s American and U.S. Open Record of 4:07.25, set in 2017, and also downed Townley Haas‘ NCAA mark of 4:08.19 from 2019.

All-Time Performances, Men’s 500 Freestyle (SCY)

  1. Kieran Smith (FLOR) – 2020 /  Kieran Smith (FLOR) – 2021, 4:06.32
  2. Jake Magahey (UGA), 4:06.71 – 2021
  3. Zane Grothe (UN), 4:07.25 – 2017
  4. Townley Haas (TEX), 4:08.19 – 2019
  5. Drew Kibler (TEX), 4:08.26 – 2020
  6. Clark Smith (TEX), 4:08.42 – 2017
  7. Peter Vanderkaay (MICH), 4:08.54 – 2008
  8. Peter Vanderkaay (MICH) – 2006 / Townley Haas (TEX) – 2018, 4:08.60

Smith, now 20, entered last season’s SECs with a personal best time of 4:16.96, lowering it to 4:14.55 in the heats before dropping the 4:06 bomb. This season he came into meet having been 4:11.08 mid-season at the Auburn Fall Invitational, ranking him fourth in the country.

He now takes over the top spot in the nation from Texas’ Drew Kibler, who dropped a 4:08.26 in October which is now ranked as the sixth-fastest swim ever.

Magahey shatters both the Georgia school record of 4:09.48, set by Sebastien Rouault in 2008, and also the previous fastest time ever done by a freshman, which was a 4:08.95 from Michigan’s Felix Auboeck.

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Mr Piano
1 month ago

Props to Kieran for fending me off that last 75. The Piano was defeated today

Mnswim
1 month ago

Love to see fast distance swimming! Way to go guys!

gator
1 month ago

incredible – 2 4:06’s

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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