Minuth, Mahmoud Jump Into All-Time Top 10 In 500 Free Prelims

2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

South Carolina duo Fynn Minuth and Akaram Mahmoud became the 8th and 9th fastest performers in history in prelims of the 500 free at NCAAs.

The Gamecock teammates swam together in the first circle-seeded heats, pushing each other to the touch and hitting the top two times out of prelims. Minuth, a sophomore, was 4:09.55, cutting a second and a half off his seed time, which entered the meet seeded second. It’s been an explosive season for Minuth, who swam the 200 IM at SECs last year and didn’t make NCAAs.

Over the course of this season, Minuth has dropped his 500 free time from 4:26 all the way down to 4:09.5. He now sits #8 all-time in the event.

Mahmoud went 4:09.73 and jumps to #9 all-time.

Also in prelims, Michigan freshman Felix Auboeck moved to #11 all-time with a 4:09.93. The three will show down with the #3 and #5 swimmers all-time in Clark Smith (4:10.53 for fourth this morning) and Townley Haas (4:11.33 for fifth) tonight.

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JJG

This is going to be a great final! Seems like after a bad split last night Clark Smith might not have the bad meet some were saying he was destined for. I do wonder how much him and Haas left in the pool this morning. Also South Carolina is on fire! Should be great!

Bay City Tex

The bigger question is, how much did the Carolina boys leave in the pool? We’ll see…

thezwimmer

First a 4 second drop in the relay last night and now top two seeds in the 500 (both breaking school record). USC is lightning it up! Go Cocks!

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