Miles Smachlo Describes How Swimming 2 Very Different Races Got the Same Result


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Reported by Karl Ortegon.


  1. Sam Pomajevich (Texas) – 1:39.35
  2. Trenton Julian (Cal) – 1:41.14
  3. Brooks Fail (Arizona) – 1:42.13

Taking his swim out with a 21.8 leading 50, Sam Pomajevich looked like a greyhound, loping through the race with long, low, powerful strokes. He got to the wall well ahead of the field, and ended up tying his personal best and nation-leading time of 1:39.35 that he’d done on Wednesday night in a time trial.

Cal’s Trenton Julian swooped in for second, going 1:41.14 to claim the #3 time in the nation this year, just two-tenths off of Maxime Rooney‘s 1:40.94 from this morning, which is the #2 time. That gives context to how far ahead Pomajevich is right now; no other NCAA swimmer has been within 1.5 seconds of him in this event.

After winning the mile at the beginning of tonight’s session, Brooks Fail got back in for another grueling race and managed to race to third in 1:42.13, just a tenth off of his morning swim. Those two swims are his only sub-1:46 performances in history. Michigan’s Miles Smachlo was also under 1:43, going 1:42.74 for fourth.

Rooney (and Alvin Jiang) were both qualified to swim the A-final here (Jiang went 1:43.89 in prelims), but they both scratched the race tonight.

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Cow Milk
9 months ago

Definitely has a lot more in him as he probably didn’t rest much. If he can go 44.8 tapered and went 46 now then his 200 will drop a lot come NCAAs! He also went 52.5 LCM 100 fly on Sunday, one of the more impressive swims in the time trials.

Coach Chackett
9 months ago

I like the hottub interview from the Welchley Arms Hotel.

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