By USA Swimming | Monday, February 24, 2020
U.S. National Team members Bobby Finke, Kieran Smith and Erika Brown each set significant milestones last week at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Auburn, Ala.
Finke and Smith, both of the University of Florida, set American, U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 1650-yard freestyle and the 500y freestyle, respectively.
Smith’s time of 4:06.32 in the 500 bested the former mark of 4:07.25 – set by Zane Grothe in 2017 – by nearly a second. Finke’s 14:12.08 in the 1650 also broke another of Grothe’s records. The former mark, also set in 2017, stood at 14:18.25.
Their efforts helped lead Florida to the men’s SEC team title.
Erika Brown of the University of Tennessee set the American record in the women’s 100y butterfly in 49.38. The former record, set by Olympian Kelsi Dahlia at the 2016 NCAA Championships, stood at 49.43. Brown’s swim was also key in the Volunteer women’s SEC team title.