WATCH: Florida’s Bobby Finke Swims Fastest Mile in History to Win SECs in 14:12


On night 5 of the 2020 SEC Championships, Florida’s Bobby Finke made history. Finke, a sophomore, became the fastest man ever as he defended his title in the mile. Finke lapped the field en route to his dominant 14:12.08. That crushed the former NCAA Record of 14:22.41, set by Clark Smith in 2017, by over 10 seconds. He was also over 6 seconds under the former American Record of 14:18.25 set by Zane Grothe in 2018.


Finke dropped over 10 seconds from his former best. As a freshman, he had set the SEC Record in 14:23.01. At this meet, he also took bronze in the 500 free and 400 IM. He also has a 400 IM title to his name as he won the race in 2019. Finke will now turn his attention to next month’s NCAA Championships, where he’ll race against Michigan’s reigning NCAA Champion Felix Auboeck.

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Too cool for the pool

Florida’s free group is nasty



Ken K

Missed the finish?


They were following the swimmer in lane 1 I think


Please tell me there’s a video where we’re not following the guy who finished a minute and a half later than the winner

Nothing yet, but we’ll keep looking!


I’ll try harder to go 14:12 so you can have a better video next time.


Always dream big. When Finke goes 13:59 you’ll still be in shot because you’ve just negative split 13:57.

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