Regis Jesuit alum Clark Smith wins gold at Olympics

Rio Olympics Aquatics Stadium

(piviso.com)

Regis Jesuit alum Clark Smith captured a gold medal when the United States men's swimming team won the 4x200-meter relay at the Summer Olympics on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro.

Smith helped the U.S. qualify for the final earlier Tuesday when he swam the lead leg in the preliminaries. His split was 1:47.20 as the Americans finished in 7:06.74, the second-best qualifying time.

Regis Jesuit alum Clark Smith. (Courtesy of Team USA)

Regis Jesuit alum Clark Smith. (Courtesy of Team USA)

On Tuesday night, USA Swimming swapped out three of the four swimmers from prelims, inserting Conor Dwyer, Francis Haas and Michael Phelps, while keeping Ryan Lochte in the relay. That group of four won the final in 7:00.66.

Because Smith swam in the prelims, he will get a gold medal.

Smith graduated from Regis Jesuit in 2013, where he won 10 state championships in his career, including five individual titles.

He is set to be a senior at the University of Texas this fall. In 2015, Smith won an NCAA championship in the 500-yard freestyle. He is a three-time All-American.