True Sweetser Downs Erik Vendt’s Pac-12 Meet Record with 14:35 Mile


Stanford freshman True Sweetser broke a Pac-12 Meet Record that had stood for over a decade on Saturday night at the 2017 Men’s Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington. In his first ever Pac-12 Championships, Sweetser secured a gold medal in the 1650 free, dominating the race with his 14:35.89. With that, he cleared the former Meet Record of 14:35.97 done by former U.S. distance star Erik Vendt at the 2003 conference meet.

Sweetser’s winning time was within a second of his personal best 14:35.03 from the 2016 Texas Invite in December. With the Cardinal now battling off Cal for the team title at this meet, his victory could help them hold on for back-to-back titles.

Behind him, teammates Grant Shoults and Liam Egan got the job done to sweep the podium for the Cardinal. Shoults dropped over 3 seconds to set his personal best at 14:50.06 en route to silver, while Egan took 3rd in 14:57.47.

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4 years ago

That is truly sweet, sir.

jay ryan
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4 years ago


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4 years ago

Excellent play of words

4 years ago

Does that make 5 or 6 people 14:35 or faster for NCs. That is going to be a great race.

Big Boi
Reply to  Andsup
4 years ago

He was already a 14:35, so nothing changes.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

US distance freestyle star 17-year-old Robert Finke swam 14.37 a few days ago.
Distance college guys should enjoy the moment right now before the young Floridian arrives in NCAA next year and rewrites the records. At Florida?

Sea Monster
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Robert Finke is a junior in high school, so he won’t swim against these guys until 2019 NCAAs

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4 years ago

His older sister is a senior at Florida. Florida has been active in the 2018 recruiting scene with 4 verbal commits for 2018 including Trey Freeman.

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