Texas’ Clark Smith Scratches 200 Free on Friday at NCAAs


Texas junior Clark Smith has scracthed from the preliminary rounds of the men’s 200 free on Friday at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. That leaves Smith with what will likely be an entire day off before tackling the 1650 free on Saturday.

View full Friday heat sheets here.

Smith swam the second leg of Texas’ winning 800 free relay on Wednesday evening, where he split 1:33.28 on a relay start. He was seeded at a 1:33.36 and the 10th-fastest qualifier in the individual 200 before his scratch. The 16th seed in the race (on a flat start) is 1:33.94.

Then, on Thursday, he missed the final in the 500 free, despite coming in as the top seed and the defending NCAA Champion in the event.

Smith’s last entry is the 1650 free on Saturday, where he again enters as the top qualifier – seeded four seconds ahead of South Carolina’s Ahmed Mahmoud.

Michael Chadwick of Missouri, who was the 18th seed in the 200 free, also scratched the race.

Stanford (5) and NC State (4) led the way with the most scratches on the day, including 3 Stanford swimmers skipping out on the 100 fly.

400 IM

  • 31 Anton Oerskov Ipsen SO NC State 3:45.86
  • 35 Matthew Bekemeyer FR South Carolina 3:48.13
  • 36 Arthur Frayler SR Florida 3:48.70
  • 38 Adam Linker JR NC State 3:49.48
  • 39 Brian Hogan SR Yale 3:51.30
  • 40 Shane McNamara SO Harvard 3:53.98
  • 41 Tyler Fowler JR Arizona 3:54.22

100 fly

  • 38 Samuel Perry SO Stanford 46.83
  • 42 Ryan Dudzinski FR Stanford 46.97
  • 43 Connor Oslin JR Alabama 47.03
  • 44 Ryan Arata SR Stanford 47.03
  • 45 Ching Lim SO Ohio St 47.10
  • 51 Kristian Gkolomeev JR Alabama 47.59

200 free

  • 10 Clark Smith JR Texas 1:33.36
  • 18 Michael Chadwick JR Missouri 1:34.11
  • 30 Justin Ress FR NC State 1:34.70
  • 31 Liam Egan SO Stanford 1:34.75
  • 33 Peter Holoda SO Auburn 1:34.86
  • 38 Christopher Reid SO Alabama 1:35.64
  • 41 Ahmed Mahmoud SO South Carolina 1:35.82
  • 44 Joseph Bonk JR NC State 1:36.24

100 breast

  • None

100 back

  • 37 Patrick Conaton SO Stanford 47.16


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7 years ago

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

7 years ago

Thanks Savannah. Pretty impressive to go out there with an injury and compete anyway. Still damn fast! I hope it is not serious.

7 years ago

everyone’s swimswam bracket is busted.

Hope Mr. Smith recovers well from whatever’s going on.

Kristaps Porzingis
7 years ago

He’s gonna go Kenyan on that mile

Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
7 years ago

not a swimmer no?

Displaced Wolverine
Reply to  anonymoose
7 years ago

Kristaps Porzingis is a serbian (?) basketball player for the new york knicks

Go Blue
Reply to  Displaced Wolverine
7 years ago

Latvian I believe

Reply to  Displaced Wolverine
7 years ago

my comment was a sarcastic question because kenyans are not known for being a great swimming nation but whatever i’m used to that that my jokes are rarely understood ^^

Kristaps Porzingis
7 years ago

This was the plan all along.

7 years ago

Anyone know what’s going on with Clark Smith? Is he training right thru this meet or been ill?

Reply to  Hank
7 years ago

I believe he injured his leg. He was limping after the 500.

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