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
1 year ago

Florida’s free group is nasty

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1 year ago


Ken K
1 year ago

Missed the finish?

Reply to  Ken K
1 year ago

They were following the swimmer in lane 1 I think

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
1 year ago

Better than nothing 🙂

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
1 year ago

The UGA Swim and Dive channel realises about halfway just how quick he’s going and keeps him in shot from then on.

1 year ago

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

Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

Nothing yet, but we’ll keep looking!

Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

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

Reply to  Swimmerdude420_69
1 year ago

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

1 year ago

We’re talking about a program that over the last 12 years or more has produced Lochte and Dressell – Now has the Best 2 underclassmen in the sport in a variety of events … Congrats Troy, Nesty and Jungbluth! They obviously get it.

Swammer from Wakanda
1 year ago

That moment you break 15 minutes for the first time but still get lapped…

Reply to  Swammer from Wakanda
1 year ago

My son was in the heat and said when Finke lapped him, at the point he did, he was thinking either I’m not going as fast as I think, or he is going really, really fast. He was expecting Finke to lap just not so soon.
ESPN SEC Network streaming has the replay of meet up.

Vegas Gold
Reply to  kdswim
1 year ago

I was wondering what others would be thinking in the same heat! Phenomenal swim!

Peter j manieri
1 year ago

Are you kiddin with this video?
A real bomb for this historic swim.

Vegas Gold
Reply to  Peter j manieri
1 year ago

Lol I was thinking the same thing but I think the person filming was following another swimmer.

1 year ago

It’s time for the US race meters to set WORLD Records!

1 year ago

After the 500 and now this Clark Smith just retired.

Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

He was only a threat in the 200 because they take 6.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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