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 IM, 300 free
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:
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