Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
MEN’S 500 FREE
- NCAA record: Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan), 2006- 4:08.60
- American record: Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan), 2006- 4:08.54
- U.S. Open record: Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan), 2006- 4:08.54
- 2016 NCAA Champion: Townley Haas (Texas) – 4:09.00
If there was any doubt about it, the doubt is now gone. Clark Smith is back. Smith led the race from start to finish, taking down Peter Vanderkaay’s NCAA and American Records with a 4:08.42 to hold off a late charge from teammate Townley Haas (4:08.92) and Michigan freshman Felix Auboeck (4:08.93).
Stanford’s Grant Shoults put up a personal best 4:10.23 for 4th, while South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth rounded out the top 5 in 4:10.57. Minuth’s teammate Akaram Mahmoud touched 6th in 4:10.83, followed by Indiana’s Marwan El Kamash (4:10.87) and NC State’s Anton Ipsen (4:11.73).
Stanford’s Liam Egan turned in a 4:12.36 to win the B final, outpacing Wisconsin’s Matt Hutchins (4:13.16).