McBroom: It was cold and windy, but I had fun racing (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Anne Lepesant.



  • FINA A: 3:50.40
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 3:58.69

The championship final of the men’s 400 free was an exciting race, if not quite as tight as had been expected. Conor Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club jumped out to the early lead, with Clark Smith of Texas in tow. The Woodlands’ Michael McBroom inched his way up from seventh to third to second, then made his move over the final 100 meters to claim the win with 3:49.04. Dwyer finished second in 3:49.90, a mere .06 in front of Smith. Top qualifier Jordan Wilimovskyof Team Santa Monica placed fourth in 3:51.64.

Nitro’s Christopher Yeager had a tremendous back half in the B final; he won in 3:57.85 over Arturo Perez Vertti of Caan Swim Team (3:58.00) and Shoults of Mission Viejo (3:58.44).

Top 8:

  1. Michael McBroom 3:49.04
  2. Conor Dwyer 3:49.90
  3. Clark Smith 3:49.96
  4. Jordan Wilimovsky 3:51.64
  5. Ous Mellouli 3:53.89
  6. Cristian Quintero 3:55.22
  7. Marcelo Acosta 3:55.32
  8. Matias Koski 3:59.41

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Coleman Hodges

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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