Michael Brinegar Blasts 14:37.71 Mile for #2 17-18 Swim of All-Time

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 19

December 09th, 2017 Club, News


18-year-old Michael Brinegar threw down a jaw-dropping performance in the boy’s 1650 at the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West Saturday night.

His time of 14:37.71 ties Robert Finke‘s swim from early 2017 for the second-fastest in the 17-18 age group of all time. Brinegar and Finke sit behind only PJ Ransford‘s 14:34.36 from 2015.

Brinegar, who swims for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, also obliterated Sean Grieshop‘s 14:45.40 Juniors meet record, set in 2014. He only went slower than 26 five times throughout the race, and closed in a 23.56. He was 4:23.73 at the 500 and 8:5o.22 at the 1000.

His best time before today was 14:53.52, which he went about a year ago.

Here’s a look at his full splits:

 24.07        50.64 (26.57)
        1:17.13 (26.49)     1:44.03 (26.90)
        2:10.58 (26.55)     2:37.26 (26.68)
        3:03.96 (26.70)     3:30.44 (26.48)
        3:57.13 (26.69)     4:23.73 (26.60)
        4:50.31 (26.58)     5:17.05 (26.74)
        5:43.63 (26.58)     6:10.29 (26.66)
        6:36.98 (26.69)     7:03.47 (26.49)
        7:30.14 (26.67)     7:56.93 (26.79)
        8:23.47 (26.54)     8:50.22 (26.75)
        9:16.85 (26.63)     9:43.78 (26.93)
       10:10.76 (26.98)    10:37.55 (26.79)
       11:04.41 (26.86)    11:31.56 (27.15)
       11:58.30 (26.74)    12:25.57 (27.27)
       12:52.58 (27.01)    13:20.02 (27.44)
       13:46.76 (26.74)    14:14.15 (27.39)    14:37.71 (23.56)

Given that he pulled off a Zane Grothe-like feat today — closing out his 1650 with an insane final lap en route to a 10+ second drop — it’s fitting that Brinegar is committed to Indiana University for next year, where Grothe trains as a post-grad.

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3 years ago

Could you please identify the club when you will about a swimmer – as you would with any college athlete. Thanks

Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

Mission Viejo, the last 50 was jaw dropping and chilling, one of the best miles I’ve ever seen

Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

Coach just mad cuz he’s not going to Stanford

3 years ago

As a Hoosier Alum this swim is amazing. Currently 11 seconds ahead if the Indiana University school record. Very happy to see it.

Reply to  Swi.swum
3 years ago

Seems like a windfall for IU. He must actually want to get faster to go there.

Reply to  Hank
3 years ago

His mom was an Olympian and she went there. Not sure about the father?

Nancy Brinegar
Reply to  Korn
3 years ago

His father was captain of the Yale track team.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
3 years ago

23.56 last 50 could possibly be the fastest final 50 of a 1650 ever!

Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
3 years ago

These kind of things are always hard to prove, because there’s a chance that someone somewhere swam a 20-minute 1650 free, where they basically did a 1600 warmup straight into a full-out-sprint final 50. But…we can say it’s faster than Grothe’s last 50, and the last 50 of Clark Smith’s prior record in the event.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Thanks Braden

PK Doesn\'t Like His Long Name
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Except we all know exactly what the fastest last 50 of a mile is, from the greatest mile race ever. Felix Auboeck closed in 23.29 last year. Clark Smith closed in 23.75 and *lost* ground the last 50.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  PK Doesn\'t Like His Long Name
3 years ago

And almost caught Clark to boot

Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
3 years ago

Felix Auboeck 2017 NCAAs
14:22.88 back in 23.29

Phelps swims 200 breast rio
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3 years ago

Thanks PK DOESN\’T LIKE HIS LONG NAME and MILLER for the Auboeck last 50 split.

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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