Olympic Gold Medalist Bobby Finke Ready to Make His Mark at NCAA Championships

Bobby Finke restored Team USA’s faith in distance swimming this past summer winning Olympic gold in the 800m and 1500m freestyle. Bobby’s a meters-man, more dangerous in the long-pool, but with his 14:12 1650 and 3:36 400 IM from last year’s NCAA champs, he’s got yards covered.

We won’t see Bobby compete at SEC Championships due to health protocols, a major blow to the University of Florida Gators. However, in a tweet Bobby said he’s looking forward to competing with his teammates at NCAA Champs.

In this interview Bobby previews the college competitors he has his eye on, and he previews the summer beyond the college season.


I think all swim-fans would love to see Bobby turn-on his 500 free. How fast will he swim 500 free at NCAAs after training with Kieran Smith  who has been 4:06.32?  I think Bobby should be 4:08, maybe 4:07 high, aiming for top-three. But who cares what I think. It’s all about what you think? Drop your opinion in the comments.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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1 year ago

Why would faith in Team USA’s distance swimming need to be renewed after all of the success in recent years of Katie Ledecky?

Mr Piano
1 year ago

Mel’s new beard!

Last edited 1 year ago by Mr Piano
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1 year ago


1 year ago

Too bad the NCAA doesn’t include both he 1000 and the 1650 at championship meets. With the Olympics and FINA now having both the 800 and the 1500 for men and women, wonder if that’s something the NCAA will consider adding.

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 year ago

Agreed. It would also allow distance swimmers to have more potential value in the recruiting process since currently, sprinters are heavily favored.

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Reply to  Sophie
1 year ago

…yes…giving distance swimmers more value (for recruit dollars)

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 year ago

D2 does it and has been doing it since ~2000. It can/should be done

1 year ago

His times were commensurate to his improvement in short course. He hadn’t had a true opportunity to taper long course since 2018. He was injured in 19. Also, he has turns a sprinter would be proud of. He has to do far less work to stay in contact with the pack because his turns are so good.

Last edited 1 year ago by Aquajosh
1 year ago

Agreed, you’re probably right, he matched Sun Yang’s last 50 when he went 14:31. And that guy was far from clean

But it’s unwise to question the legitimacy of American athletes Jake.

Last edited 1 year ago by Nah
1 year ago

Jake Magahey is the defending 500 champ

Last edited 1 year ago by USA
1 year ago

The subtle charlie clark mention 😳

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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