Texas Opens Defense of NCAA Title With Dominant Effort in 800 Freestyle Relay

Jack Conger - courtesy of Patrick Meredith, UT Athletics Photography
Jack Conger - courtesy of Patrick Meredith, UT Athletics Photography

Texas opened the NCAA Championships by storming to a record in the 800 freestyle relay, the foursome of Jack Conger, Townley Haas, Clark Smith and Joseph Schooling dominating the field.

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paolo rubbiani

Townley Haas’ leg is really intriguing. Everyone knew that the Texas freshman was in a quick improving path, but 1.30.5 is really fast and, with all the respect for Wynalda’s previous fastest leg in history, Townley has already showed that he can swim well also in LC.
Considering Haas split at 50 yd, he has tremendously improved his raw speed: it will be really interesting looking at what he will perform in the individual races to see if he will be improving also in the 500 yd, where he will face Clark Smith.
Haas could be a factor also at Olympic trials, surely in the 200 free, we’ll see for 100 or 400 free (or both :-)).

ThereaLuigi

I have read that Haas wanted to focus on the 100 but his coach Eddie Reese persuaded him to join the distance group

Paolo, since you and I were arguing about the prospective rivals of Paltrinieri & Detti in the 1500, I suggest you keep an eye on Clark Smith … if he can convert his scy prowess in lcm, he will be a force to be reckoned with

paolo rubbiani

Hi Luigi.
About Clark Smith no doubt about his potential (we have read on this site nice words about him from a great coach like Eddie Reese), but I think that 1500 LC free, at the moment, could be a challenging race for him.
Beside 400 free, I don’t know if Smith will focus on 200 free or 1500 free for Omaha trials..; anyway, remaining on these Ncaa finals, we’ll see how he will race in the next two days (his relay-leg hasn’t been outstanding)

ThereaLuigi

actually the slowest leg in the entire relay, Paolo … that’s the sign of a distance freestyler ….I think Paltrinieri could not break 52 in a 100 sprint! 😀

paolo rubbiani

We’ll see how Clark Smith will perform in 500 and 1650 yd free, as the clear favorite of both races, and then his choices for LC trials.
He’s very unexperienced in the 1500 LC free, and I don’t see him as a likely protagonist in this race at Rio, but who knows? Sometimes 1500 free has showed surprising efforts, like that of a very young Bibi Battistelli for instance 🙂

paolo rubbiani

Well.., we have already an answer and it is a very disappointing one for Clark Smith who swam only 4.17.17 in the heats of 500 yd free where he was the clear favorite: neither A nor B final for Smith.
Mitchell D’Arrigo best time with his 4.11.48: bravo Mitchell!

ThereaLuigi

I see.
Mitchell d’Arrigo has been a “promise” for too many years. It’s time for that promise to be fulfilled. I don’t know if swimming SCY helps him.

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