Clark Smith competes in a Men's 400 LC Meter Freestyle heat race during the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials at Indiana University Natatorium on June 30, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Clark Smith takes second at USA Swimming National Championships

Posted June 30th, 2017


Clark Smith, a former Longhorn and Olympic gold medalist, finished second in the 400-meter freestyle final at the USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Friday.

Smith’s time of 3 minutes, 45.91 seconds was good enough to qualify for the event at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in July. He just edged out a rising junior at Texas, Townley Haas for the berth. Haas, who has already qualified for three events at the World Championships, finished the race in 3:46.41.

Smith, who won gold in the 800-freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics, will compete in two events for Team USA as he previously qualified for the 800-freestyle relay group with a fifth-place finish in the individual 200-meter freestyle event.


Will Licon, another former Longhorn, finished in sixth place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.67.

John Shebat, a soon-to-be junior at Texas, took third place in the 100 backstroke consolation final with a time of 55.59. An incoming freshman for Texas, Austin Katz, finished in second place with a time of 55.57.

Claire Adams, a native of Indiana and rising sophomore at Texas, took eighth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.76.

Olivia Anderson finished in fourth in the 100 breaststroke consolation final. The rising junior finished the race in 1:08.42.

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