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Longhorn Smith sets UT record in 500 freestyle

Posted December 3rd, 2015

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Longhorn swimmer Clark Smith set a school record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 8.82 seconds at the Texas Invitational being held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center on Thursday night.

Smith broke the record of Michael Klueh, who swam a 4:09.60 at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station. Smith’s mark was just shy of the American record of 4:08.54 held by Peter Vanderkaay. Vanderkaay also holds the NCAA mark of 4:08.60. Smith won the first NCAA title for Texas in the event in March.

Ryan Harty took the top spot in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:43.26. That’s the nation’s best time. John Martens finished the race in fifth place with a time of 1:46.34. Hayden Henry picked up a consolation final victory in the event.

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Brett Ringgold took first place while teammate Matt Ellis finished in second of the 50 freestyle. Ringgold posted a time of 19:38 as Ellis finished in 19:58.

The Longhorns took third in the 400 medley relay in 3:12.17 to finish the night.

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