Robert Finke Breaks National Age Group Record in 1000 Free

2018 Florida SC Senior Champs

  • February 22nd-25th, 2018
  • 25 yard course (SCY)
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Meet Results

Robert Finke of St. Petersburg Aquatics in Florida has broken the 17-18 U.S. National Age Group Record in the 1000 yard free, swimming an 8:45.50 in Thursday evening’s timed finals session. That breaks the old record of 8:46.40 set by PJ Ransford in 2015. Ransford, currently a senior at Michigan, finished 6th in the mile at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.

Finke’s previous lifetime best was an 8:49.71, and he’s been under 9 minutes now in 4 different swims.

Even at just 18 years old, the time now ranks Finke as the 12th-fastest performer in history in the event. The all-time best is an 8:33.93 done by then-Texas Longhorn Clark Smith in 2015.

Splits by 100 (200 split):

  • 49.18
  • 52.37 (1:41.55)
  • 52.66
  • 53.10 (1:45.76)
  • 53.33
  • 53.19 (1:46.52)
  • 53.32
  • 53.53 (1:46.85)
  • 53.24
  • 51.58 (1:44.82)

Finke is a member of the U.S. National Team and represented the United States in the 1500 meter free at the 2017 World Championships. He placed 21st in that race.

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andy majeske
4 years ago

Braden, has Finke committed somewhere yet?

Reply to  andy majeske
4 years ago

i’m not braden but he committed to florida

4 years ago

Congrats to Bobby, Fred Lewis, and the SPA team!

4 years ago

Have their been any rumblings about adding the 1000 to the NCAA schedule since the 800/1500 got added to the Olympic schedule?

4 years ago

A couple of years ago Fred Lewis at St Pete Aquatics had another swimmer at this same meet (FL Sr Champs) who set the American Record in 1000 Free – Robert Margalis (Stephanie’s older brother).

Reply to  Dan
4 years ago

For got to list as Melanie’s older brother as well.

Dean Farris fan
4 years ago

Ridiculously fast

Tongue in Cheek
4 years ago

Beast SWIM! Congrats.

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