Luke Hobson is Convincing Eddie Reese to Put Him in the 100 Free Over the Mile


Reported by Annika Johnson.


  • World Record – 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American Record – 1:42.96, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Open Record – 1:44.10, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • LC Nationals Record – 1:44.10, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • World Junior Record – 1:43.31, David Popovici (2022)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Luke Hobson – 1:46.14
  2. Kieran Smith – 1:46.32
  3. Jake Magahey – 1:46.62
  4. Grant House – 1:46.68
  5. Jake Mitchell – 1:46.90
  6. Jack Dahlgren – 1:46.92
  7. Kai Taylor – 1:47.50
  8. Patrick Callan – 1:48.49

Grant House of Sun Devil Swimming set the pace early in the race, maintaining the lead through the 100-meter mark after splitting 51.31 on the first half. But it became a four-man battle for first place on the final 25 meters between Luke HobsonKieran SmithJake Magahey, and House. Even Jake Mitchell was nearly in the running after he had a final 50 split of 26.66, the fastest final 50 split in the field and about .36 faster than Hobson’s. But it was Texas’ Hobson who got to the wall first with a lifetime best time of 1:46.14, crushing his previous best time from April by .7. Smith was about 1.5 seconds off his lifetime best time from the 2020 Olympics.

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Michael Andrew Wilson
1 year ago

The parallel is remarkable and of course we’d all choose the 100, but the reality is that Townley’s career trajectory was better when he was training for the 1650. Eddie is right to be stubborn.

1 year ago

Nobody cares

1 year ago

The SCY 100 is much different than the LCM 100. He’d need to be 41 mid or better for it to make sense to consider the 100. I doubt he’s that close right now but it does sound similar to Townley.

1 year ago

49.1 … making it hard for Eddie to refuse that request.

Reply to  R&R
1 year ago

Eddie, why you on here downvoting this?!?

Reply to  R&R
1 year ago

Plus I would think it makes sense, like he said they’ll have a gnarly distance group but the 100 free is looking kinda bare with the seniors/fifth years graduating and Connery transferring out.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 year ago

Connery did nothing in his few months in Austin. Next man up…

Reply to  R&R
1 year ago

Truthfully 100LCM is a far different race than SCY. But I understand the point.

Some Guy
1 year ago

Eddie found his new Townley

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