– Florida men’s swimmers excelled throughout the second and third sessions on Friday at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open at the Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota, Fla.
In the second day of action, the Gators would tally four top-three U.S. Open finishes, the top time in six of eight Friday events at the Sarasota site and 11 U.S. Olympic trial cut efforts.
Kieran Smith reeled in a pair of U.S. Open event titles with the top swim in the 200 and 400 free. To start off his morning, the reigning Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Year would register an effort of 3:48.78 in the 400, the 18th-fastest time in the world this year. In his third race in Sarasota, Smith would hit the top time and a trial cut in the 200 with the winning swim of 1:47.29.
In the 200 IM, Gator Great Ryan Lochte posted the top time in Sarasota with an effort of 2:01.05. Lochte, the World record holder in the event, posted the third-fastest effort throughout the nine sites and also notched a trial cut.
In the first event of the evening, Robert Finke continued his strong performance in Sarasota, posting