Texas Speed Practice, 2015 Eddie Reese Invite: Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Each fall Coach Eddie Reese and Kris Kubik host the now famous Eddie Reese Invite for the University of Texas Men’s Swimming Team.  Events are odd.  Eddie likes to make them odd events to insure his men will swim fast times since they never race those distances.  Reese’s Invite is really one long SPEED SET.  See the event lineup:

600 IM, 600 free
300 stroke
2000 free
300 IM300 free
150 stroke
400 free
100 IM
100 free
50 stroke

Junior Clark Smith‘s 2000 free was, in my opinion, the event of the day.  The guy’s a machine. His splits:

1000 split: 8:52+

1650 split: 14:39

2000: 17:44 (1000/1000 was 8:52+/8:51+)

Coach Reese said this after Clark’s 14:39 split at the 1650:

“It gave me chills. And, I’m definitely too old for chills.”

Joseph Schooling‘s 300 free was a 2:29.61

Will Licon‘s 300 breast was 2:57.89.

Jack Conger‘s 300 fly was 2:39:88 and his 150 fly was 1:13.09

Ryan Harty‘s 300 back was 2:40.78.

The Conger v Schooling 50 fly  went live last week, but you might like this camera angle on the race.  Conger was 20.71 to Schooling’s 20.86.

After seeing this practice, I can’t wait for Men’s NCAA Championships, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and the 2016 Olympic Games. Texas will be loading a lot of talent to Rio next summer.

Many thanks to Coach Kris Kubik and Eddie Reese!  Based on my experience, The Eddie Reese Invite is the most exciting SPEED SET in swimming practice history.

See the 2014 Eddie Reese Invite below:

Compare Michael McBroom‘s “2014” 2000 free to Clark Smith‘s “2015” 2000 free:



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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Clark Smith’s 2000y free was 5 seconds faster than Michael McBroom’s 2000y free last year. Eddie said that Michael’s was the best he’s ever seen. I guess Clark just upped the ante. Eddie’s doing something right over there! Texas men are the team to beat for sure!

Joel Lin

I’ve heard some crazy stories, like Schubert recalling Lenny K doing 3×200 backs and swimming the last one on Olympic gold medal swim pace. This 2000 free stumps them all. Just incredible.


Wow – Jack Conger went a 1:13.0 in the 150 yard butterfly. Eddie said that Conger should go out faster in the 200 fly at this year’s NCAA’s. So what would that mean?

At last season’s championships, Conger hit the 150 wall in a 1:14.2, did the final lap in 25.4, and finished in a 1:39.7. If he can go out faster this year, say in a 1:12.5, and finish in a 25.5, he’ll do the 200 yard butterfly in a 1:38 flat. Geez, that’s like science fiction. I guess if anyone can do it, it’s a talent like Conger/Schooling, coached by Eddie Reese.


I kind of wish he kept swimming after that 150, he probably could have broken the AR again.

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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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