2014 Men’s NCAAs: Murray, Murphy, Cieslak priming team battle at day 3 prelims

  190 Jared Anderson | March 29th, 2014 | College, Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps

The final day of the men’s NCAA Championship has arrived, and it’s shaping up to be a great one. Texas leads the team points by 6 over Cal, with Florida hoping to make a big prelims run past both squads. Three American records fell last night, several by huge margins, and with how fast this meet has been so far, it seems no record is completely safe.

Prelims begins with the loaded 200 backstroke, where Indiana’s Eric Ress holds the top seed by 100 back champ Ryan Murphy looks to be a huge threat along with defending champ Drew Teduits of Wisconsin. The 100 free will see Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini try to erase his disappointing 50 free with a big swim against 200 free champ Joao de Lucca. Arizona’s Kevin Cordes broke his own American record in the 100 breast twice yesterday, and he’ll swim his signature 200 breaststroke this morning before Michigan sophomore Dylan Bosch leads the 200 fly field into action.

This morning will also feature prelims of the 400 free relay and heats of the mile, plus the platform diving prelims.

Read last night’s recap here


200 Yard Backstroke

The three top seeds coming into the meet ended up in the top three spots to open up the Saturday morning session.  Ryan Murphy continued his excellent meet this morning, taking the top seed in 1:39.16, including a field-best 24.65 final 50.  Top seed Eric Ress of Indiana woke up after a bit of an off day yesterday to take second in 1:39.25.  Ress pushed the front half  harder than anyone else in the event, flipping at 48.18 at the 100 mark.  Sean Lehane of Tennessee took the third spot after winning the opening circle seeded heat in 1:39.42.

Carrying momentum off of his great 800 free relay swim to close last night’s session, David Nolan of Stanford also cracked 1:40, touching in 1:39.72 for fourth.

The Texas Longhorns got two guys into the top eight.  Kip Darmody had a huge swim for the Longhorns out of heat one, clocking in at 1:40.20.  Although it’ll be tough for anyone to touch Murphy, between Darmody’s third place finish in the 100 back last night and the way Texas has been swimming, don’t be surprised if you see him grab another top three individual trophy.  Freshman stud Jack Conger was sixth in 1:40.27.

Bryce Bohman of West Virginia made his second A-final of the meet with a seventh place 1:40.36.  Murphy’s teammate Jacob Pebley snuck into the A-final with an eighth place 1:40.42, a big break for the Bears in their efforts to match the Longhorns.

However, Texas should have a point edge in the event tonight, with two additional swimmers, Will Glass and Patrick Murphy, getting into the B-final.

100 Yard Freestyle

Much like he did at SEC’s, Marcelo Chierighini rebounded from a sub-par 50 freestyle to turn in a great 100, qualifying first for tonight in 41.52.  With teammate Kyle Darmody next to him, Chierighini, the top seed in the event, rode the lane line between lane three and lane four the entire final heat, with Darmody right on his hip on the other side of it.  The drafting strategy paid big dividends, as Darmody ended up sneaking into the A-final with an eighth-place 42.42.

Texas and Cal even-split the team race here, each getting one swimmer up and one swimmer down.  John Murray continued his breakout meet with a 41.77 to finish second for the Longhorns, the only other swimmer in the field to crack 42, while Matt Ellis finished tied for ninth in 42.47.  For the Bears, Seth Stubblefield got into his second A-final of the meet after his seventh place 42.31, and Tyler Messerschmidt, 13th, got into the B heat.

Joao De Lucca of Louisville, last night’s 200 freestyle champion, was third in 42.09.  Although he was a little off his best time in the 200, De Lucca recorded a lifetime best in the 50 on day one, so he has plenty of speed at this meet.  Cristian Quintero of USC continues to display his speed versatility, recording a lifetime best of 42.11 to finish fourth.  Shane Ryan, last night’s runner up in the 100 back, used a blazing first 50 (20.01) to earn a spot in his second A final of the meet, touching in 42.13.  Brad deBorde of Florida, out in 20.04, also showed great early speed to finish sixth in 42.18.

200 Yard Breaststroke

Two more American record swims under his belt after yesterday, Arizona’s Kevin Cordes lined up another top seed with a 1:50.44 in the 200 breast. Cordes was pretty smooth through the middle two splits, but actually came home in 28.1, not far off the 27.9 he closed his American record in last year.

Indiana senior Cody Miller finally broke through after falling somewhat short of expectations in his first two swims; the Hoosier is second in 1:51.85.

Alabama freshman Anton McKee used a big final pullout to surge ahead of his heat and take the 3-seed at 1:52.46. Following closely are Georgia’s 100 breast runner-up Nic Fink (1:52.58) and Michigan’s Richard Funk (1:52.72), who was third in that race.

With the 100 breast last night being a weak link for an otherwise red-hot Texas team, Cal is certainly looking to the 200 breast as an opportunity to make a big move. Chuck Katis started that off in a big way early, crushing a 1:52.84 to jump into the top 8 from a non-circle-seeded heat, a time that held up as the 6th seed. Josh Prenot also made it into the A final at 1:53.14 for 7th, and the Bears dodged a bullet when fast-rising Texas freshman Will Licon missed the championship heat, taking 9th by just .02.

Beating out Licon for that spot was Missouri junior Sam Tierney, who’s had a great meet. He went 1:53.42 to Licon’s 1:53.44 to grab a spot in his second A final of the meet.

Florida’s got two men in that B heat, Eduardo Solaeche and Matt Elliott, as the Gators hope to track down the top two teams. Michigan has one up with Funk, but in terms of the leaders, Cal clearly got the best of this event.

200 Yard Butterfly

An entertaining prelims run set up what looks like a crazy 200 fly for tonight. In the second circle-seeded heat, Florida’s Marcin Cieslak roared away with a new event-leading time and further adding to his candidacy for Swimmer of the Meet. But Cieslak’s 1:41.48 suddenly paled in comparison when the final heat rolled out, as top-seeded Michigan sophomore Dylan Bosch blasted a 1:40.67 to steal lane four for tonight’s final. Cieslak and Bosch went 2-3 behind Tom Shields in this event last year, and the finals battle should be extraordinary: both men went out in exactly 23.00, with Bosch pushing the second 50 and Cieslak instead working the third leg before both shut things down over the closing split.

Cal’s Marcin Tarczynski is third in 1:42.02, making the team battle even more interesting. Michigan and Florida each got a second swimmer up (Kyle Whitaker 4th in 1:42.53 for Michigan and Sebastien Rousseau 7th with a 1:43.09 for Florida), while Cal has one up and one down, with freshman Long Gutierrez tied for 14th.

NC State’s Christian McCurdy used a big front 100 to tie Whitaker for fourth place. Arizona’s Michael Meyer (6th) and Indiana’s Steve Schmuhl (8th) are the other A finalists.

Arizona State’s top swimmer, Alex Coci, leads the B final at 1:43.11. A bunch of different schools are represented in that heat, including LSU by Frank Greef, Florida State with Connor Knight and Columbia with David Jakl.

Texas is going to struggle points-wise in the last two individual swimming events, putting only 1 down in the 200 breast and scoring no one here. The goal for Cal (and Florida if they can claw their way into things) will be to stock up a big enough lead over these two events to withstand Texas’s diving points and set up a final relay showdown. As swimming fans, we can only hope all three teams are still in the race at that point – the tension on that final relay would be insane.

400 Free Relay

It’s been a good day for Auburn so far, and the Tigers continued that trend by taking the top seed in the 400 free relay. James Disney-May led off in 42.76, and the team’s pair of 100 freestyle A finalists each put up big splits on the end to go 2:50.00. Freshman Kyle Darmody was 41.9 and Marcelo Chierighini anchored in 41.2 for Auburn.

Cal, Texas and Florida look like they’re in full battle mode here, knowing the meet could come down to this event. The Golden Bears are the 2-seed with Texas just three tenths behind in third and Florida trailing them by just .04.

Cal went 2:50.64, getting a 42.4 leadoff from Tyler Messerschmidt, a 42.4 split from Ryan Murphy, and a 42.3 from Seth Stubblefield, who’s come up big in anchor situations for the Golden Bears all week. Cal also seemed pretty safe on the exchanges, with a pair of .4 reaction times, so look for them to push things tonight if the meet is still up in the air.

Texas went 2:50.92. That included a 42.2 from anchor Kip Darmody, as well as a 42.3 from Caleb Weir. John Murray led off in 42.9, and you’d assume he’s got much more speed in him after going 41.77 in the individual 100 this morning.

The Gators put up a 2:50.96, the only team in the field to have all four men under 43. Brad deBorde led off in 42.64, and Corey Main had the fastest split at 42.5. In addition, Marcin Cieslak was 42.8 and Matt Curby 42.9. Though they dominate in consistency, Florida will likely need someone under 42 if they need to make a run at the top three teams tonight.

For those already getting prepped for finals, those seeds mean Cal and Florida will swim side-by-side tonight, with Auburn sitting between Cal and Texas in what could be the deciding race of the championships.

NC State fell some from their #2 seed, but still wound up fifth in 2:51.13. Jonathan Boffa anchored in 42.0 and David Williams was 42.2 on his leg. Alabama also got into the final, getting a 42.8 leadoff from BJ Hornikel to go 2:51.30.

The final two teams in the championship heat will be Tennessee and USC. Luke Percy was a solid leadoff for the Vols in 42.7. Meanwhile USC has almost the same crew that won the 800 free relay last night. Cristian Quintero was 41.87 anchoring, but they’ll need Dylan Carter to find a little more speed than a 44.2 leadoff to move up.

Ohio State sits 9th in 2:52.08, and in what should pretty well officially rule Michigan out of title contention, the Wolverines took 10th, missing another A final in a relay they desperately needed. Michigan went 2:52.21 with all four swimmers hovering right around 43.0.

Louisville also missed the A final after coming in with the third seed. The Cardinals went 2:52.73 to take 11th, just behind Michigan.

The morning session continues with prelims of platform diving, and the early heats of the mile will swim this afternoon. The top 8 in that event kick off finals tonight at 7 PM Central Time.

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  1. Hulk Swim says:

    I’m hoping for a Gator Day so we can get a legit three team final event throwdown.

  2. whoknows says:

    This will be an exciting day! This has been an exciting NCAA!

  3. JW says:

    Is there a live stream for prelims or just finals?

  4. whoknows says:

    There are no live stream for this a.m. prelims?

  5. G says:

    For ups/downs in swimming individuals, I’m calling:
    Texas 1/2
    Cal 3/1
    Florida 2/3
    Michigan 2/2
    Georgia 2/0
    USC 0/1
    Arizona 1/2
    Auburn 2/1
    Stanford 1/0
    Florida State 0/2

  6. 0

    This should be the link for live streaming for Sat. AM session:


  7. wethorn says:

    ESPN is on site. Why can’t they do the morning session?

  8. DRUKSTOP says:

    I’ve only got audio out of the live stream.

  9. wethorn says:

    The video right now is audio only.

  10. Hulk Swim says:

    Anyone on site to let us know what’s happening?

  11. JW says:

    Darmondy had a nice swim. 1:40.2 I think they said.

  12. JoeMomma says:

    No video or audio at the moment. Will probably go shopping with my wife and two of my kids while the experts work this out. The evening feed on ESPN 3 has looked great on my computer.

    Just to add a bit of fuel to the fire, I think there is more to Cordes being the cause of relay DQs in big meets than meets the eye.

  13. Josh says:

    According to the live results page, Cosgarea of Stanford went 1:41.4 in heat 2.

  14. Josh says:

    Heat 4, Sean Lehane of Tennessee 1:39.42

  15. suschuff says:

    pulling for murphy on this 200 back

  16. DRUKSTOP says:

    1:39.16 Murphy, 1:39.72 Nolan

  17. Manny says:

    I’m disappointed with the coverage of the event. Why can’t they stream all sessions live. they are more than capable do doing that whether it be UT or ESPN. i can’t watch the finals because I don’t have access to ESPN 3. I’m glad that ESPN will air a condensed version of the meet in a few weeks, but I want to watch it as it happens not two weeks later after I know the results. And right now the live stream isn’t working. Here’s to swimming taking a back seat to other sports once more.

  18. G says:

    200 backstroke field was/is deep!

  19. wethorn says:

    200 back
    Tex 2/2
    Cal 2/0
    FL 1/0

    I think. Glass of Texas may have been 9th.

  20. Josh says:

    Apparently we get audio only today. The person commissioned to run the camera must be too hungover to come to work today. This is ridiculous.

  21. Paul McCall says:

    This is where meets are won and lost:

    8 Pebley, Jacob SO California 1:40.38 1:40.42
    23.89 49.24 (25.35)
    1:14.91 (25.67) 1:40.42 (25.51)
    9 Murphy, Pat SR Texas 1:41.35 1:40.50
    23.69 49.10 (25.41)
    1:14.87 (25.77) 1:40.50 (25.63)

    • MarkB says:

      Do you mean meets are won when one swimmer goes slower than seeded to finish 8th and another swimmer improves almost a second to jump to 9th?

      • asdf says:

        I think he is referring to the fact that there is a 6 point difference right now and getting into finals over consols is critical although there is no way to say that pat murphy didn’t give it his all trying to get in. Still a great swim for him and I hope texas can take it tonight. It would nice to see eddie get one more win before he retires

  22. agswim says:

    It is hard to hear the results over the music…..

  23. wethorn says:

    Can they at least turn off the hip hop so we can hear the announcer?

  24. Hulk Swim says:

    This meet us over… Texas is SMASHING this morning… SMASHING it.

  25. Dan O says:

    Horribly run meet in Austin. Live Results finally shows latest heat – first time this meet. Meet Mobile shows two NCAA mens meets. And of course the sh*tty live stream and audio only today.

    At least the Texas boys are showing how it is done today.

  26. gator says:

    42.1x to make A final – amazing……

  27. Hulk Swim says:

    Now I can’t get the audio because of the announcement… awesome…

  28. ole 99 says:

    No Teduits in the 200 back.

  29. Josh says:

    I’m pretty sure UF got Brad deBorde into the big boy final. That’s huge. He wasn’t seeded to score in the 100.

  30. calswimfan says:

    live video is back up

  31. gator says:

    I would depend on asking the swimmers and the coaches how the meet is going. that’s all that matters really…especially for prelims…gotta start on time and keep it moving. whether the secondary results are showing up online for us is really irrelevant

  32. Hulk Swim says:

    Ok. Got video back. Weird brightness but I’ll take it. We kind a missed two of the better preliminary events so far. Awesome.

  33. Hulk Swim says:

    So far through 100 Free I’ve got:

    Texas 3 Up and 3 Down
    California 3 Up and 1 Down
    Florida 1 Up and 1 Down

  34. 0

    Huge swim by Katis…

  35. Hogdrh says:

    Ganiel of texas clearly doing double kicks off every walk

  36. floppy says:

    At NCAAs, I’m always impressed by the teams where “no-name” swimmers show up and make clutch scoring swims.

    2009 – I had no idea who Logan Madson, Jared White, Michael Silva, or Kohlton Norys were. But they turned out to be multi-event scorers for Auburn.

    2012 – I thought Cal’s breaststroke graduated with Dugonjic. Nope – 3 A-finalists in both breaststrokes. I thought Cal’s sprints graduated with Adrian. Nope – won the 200 FRR with 4 underclassmen. And where did Will Hamilton come from???

    2013 – A distance team like Michigan can’t win the title, right? Oh wait… they can finish in the top 3 in all relays? That changes things…

    This year, I see Texas in that seat. Who expected Will Glass, Matt Ellis, John Murray, Will Licon, or even Kip Darmody to be such big players? I didn’t… they certainly seem to have momentum on their side.

    • Josh says:

      In 2009, you could have put my grandpa in a Jaked and he would have been a multi-event scorer for Auburn too.

      • PotatoChip says:

        haha. ok i laughed at the sarcasm. but that’s a little harsh. those guys probably worked hard enough and there’s no reason to downplay that.

  37. ole 99 says:

    100 Fee Prelim Top 8 / Top 16
    2014: 42:4442.53

  38. TJ says:

    Looks like Chuck Katis had a pretty good swim.. 1:52.8

  39. wethorn says:

    Wow, 42.53 to swim again is insane.

  40. ole 99 says:

    Three Doors Down…. They used to play this music at meets when I swam in the last century.

  41. Hulk Swim says:

    Licon with a big swim for Texas.

  42. ole 99 says:

    Been wondering this all week… why doesn’t Texas have handles on their blocks?

  43. gooby says:

    Cordes won’t be fresher than now, and he’s not gonna lose tonight. He should go for it!

  44. Hulk Swim says:

    Prenot also coming up big for Cal…

  45. wethorn says:

    Lincon in 9th for Texas, barely missed.

  46. Hulk Swim says:

    Cordes stroke counts… 3/4/4/4/4/4/5/5

  47. DRUKSTOP says:

    Breast is as follows I believe
    2/0 For Cal
    0/1 Texas
    0/2 Florida

  48. Hulk Swim says:

    Texas and Florida 1 down … Cal 2 Up… huge for Cal…

  49. Hulk Swim says:

    After Breaststroke…

    Texas 3 Up and 4 Down
    California 5 Up and 1 Down
    Florida 1 Up and 3 Down

    Gonna be a fun night.

  50. 0

    It looks to me that it is going to come down…..

    to diving.

  51. gator says:

    expecting big fly swims from gators and Chase…

    lotta pressure on the UT divers….

  52. Joel Lin says:

    I am not speaking as a Cal fan, but I hate diving determining meets like this almost as much as I hate watching diving. This is like figure skating where they score the costumes for style.

  53. gator says:

    great prelims swim by Bosch

  54. ole 99 says:

    Kalisz used everything up last night.

    • Andrew Majeske says:

      Yeah–can’t say he left anything in the pool after that 3:34–his arms must have been like lead–he almost took his IM out as fast as the 2 fly

  55. DRUKSTOP says:

    I believe the 200 fly is as follows
    Cal 1/1
    Texas 0/0
    Florida 1/0

  56. gator says:

    UT shut out in fly..

  57. Hulk Swim says:

    After fly…

    Texas 3 Up and 4 Down
    California 6 Up and 2 Down
    Florida 3 Up and 3 Down

    Cal took care of business… bigtime. Need to beat Texas on this relay.

  58. DRUKSTOP says:

    Without relays I think this is the final ups/downs

    Texas 3 Up and 4 Down
    California 6 Up and 2 Down
    Florida 2 Up and 3 Down

  59. Josh says:

    Florida got Rousseau and Cieslak in the A final of the 200 fly. They have scorers in every event tonight plus two milers seeded to be top 5.

  60. DRUKSTOP says:

    I think that Cal has it got it.

  61. wethorn says:

    Cal got it done in the pool this morning. I have Cal 6/2 and Texas 3/4.

  62. Hulk Swim says:

    Florida got two flyers and Deborde in the A

  63. floppy says:

    200 Fly proves to be a bad idea for Kalisz… In the IM, his Bk/Br looked smooooooth.

    His fly was herky-jerky, and (relatively) his weakest split. Could’ve been comfortably top-5 in the breast, but gambled and lost.

    • DRUKSTOP says:

      His 1:41.74 from SEC’s would’ve had him at 3rd seed. I think he just had a bad swim.

      I do agree with you about his herky-jerky fly though.
      Last year he bombed his 200 Breast in the morning.

  64. Joel Lin says:

    Diving is a sport?

  65. Suschuff says:

    I think if cal saves some energy and just A finals for the relay they can pick up some points in the fly and take the relay but texas has a grey field for the 100 and Florida will have a great night idividually, I don’t see their relay being a huge factor

  66. wow says:

    David Nolan is expended on relay swims. Does Stanford get the B cut?

  67. calswimfan says:

    how long is the break?

  68. hschler says:

    Lost the livestream AGAIN

  69. Josh says:

    I’ve always wondered why there isn’t a long course invitational the day after NCAAs. Since so many athletes are primed for this meet, it would be a good chance to see where you are entering the summer season, give athletes who need qualifying swims for their national federations a chance to notch them when fully rested, and perhaps get athletes who were considering retirement after the meet to continue training.

    • floppy says:

      They have done that after Winter Nationals, and Big 12s.
      Makes sense to do it (at least as much as seeing what a 50-year-old Jill Sterkel can go in the 50).

  70. Hulk Swim says:

    Hulk Prediction Time:

    Scores will be Cal will outscore Texas by 3 after mile, finals and diving… leaving it to the relay… Texas up by 3… Cal will have to put a team between themselves and Texas to win. How cool if they are seeded side by side for finals relay…

    Florida will be about 70 back before the relay.

  71. ole 99 says:

    Black, Cosgera, Kremer, and Stephens… guessing at least one doesn’t break 45. None probably break 44.

    • wow says:

      Apparently Tom Kremer decided to take over Nolan’s job for one swim and float the turd that is Stanford swimming.

    • clutch says:

      Someone’s reading the message boards!

      Out in 19.9, final split of 42.2. And the other 2 finish with “pedestrian” 43.3 and 43.2s.

      Cool to see people step up when everything isn’t falling perfectly into place.

  72. Hulk Swim says:

    Cal safe starts, blazing swimming.

  73. Hulk Swim says:

    Texas is in trouble here… If no A… no win…

  74. Joel Lin says:

    Hulk is right…the math shows a last relay showdown for the brass ring assuming Cal’s 200 fly points are offset by Texas diving.

    One other thing…both Cal and Texas have a couple entrants in thr mile swimming the heats this afternoon. The title may rest on what happens there. This is fabulous stuff.

  75. Greg says:

    Karma for Hite

  76. jei says:

    Where can i see 100back final from last night? and also 200 back premils?

  77. SprintDude9000 says:

    Live results showing 12 false start DQs in the 100 free (over 20% of the field)…is that correct!?

  78. floppy says:

    It seems so cruel to make the 200 fly the last event of the last day of NCAAs.

    Will Hamilton, Chase Kalisz, Tripp Cooper, Dan Wallace, Clay Youngquist, Gray Umbach, and Reed Malone… my heart goes out to you.

    • Flyin' says:

      Idk, I’m a 2 flyer and that’s what it’s all about. The ability to endure, in a different way than the mile. I think putting it last really shows who the true 200 flyers are

  79. jimmyswimmy says:

    Couldn’t agree more that its karma for Hite. Teduits doesn’t even make it back to finals in the backstroke after finishing as champion a year ago. The blame will be placed somewhere but rest assured it won’t be on the shoulders of the coaching staff. A team in turmoil, everyone sees it but no one wants to address it.

    • Fer Sher says:

      Karma, could you explain? Obviously they didn’t have a great meet, I’m wondering what you’re referring to. Thanks

    • Pool Noodle says:

      You obviously are talking about a different team because no one close to the Wisconsin Badgers would describe Hite’s reign as anything close to “turmoil”. Just more nonsense from a hater with an agenda and a bad username.

  80. DDias says:

    Curious to see DeLucca in 100free final.He always open around 20.0(he opened in 20.47 in prelims).Chieriguini, even with his top seed, still is far off from what i think he is capable to do.
    Sad for Soedel.From third seed to second reserve.
    What a huge drop(from seeds) in Murray swim.1.21s improving is a really nice one.

  81. calswimfan says:

    after round 1, no texas divers in the top 8. but a lot left to go still.

  82. Derek Mead says:

    Shane Ryan had a huge improvement from prelims to finals in the 100 back last night, I think he will win the 100 tonight because Marcelo doesn’t seem 100% on (hard to say that when a guy goes 41.52)

    • DDias says:

      I will put more guys in the box like Quintero,Murray and DeLucca.DeLucca first 50 was far off than what he always open his 100(normally around 20.0).

  83. Ole 99 says:

    Does Eddie put Conger on the 400 free relay for finals? Slowest prelim swim was Ellis but its hard to think a b final swimmer in the 100 would get taken off. Guess he has the luxury of deciding based on how they all swim at finals. Hard to believe that coming into the meet that Conger might only swim two relays.

    • Hulk Swim says:

      He kinda nailed it. Conger has been a little off… The 400 Medley and 200 Free guys all killed it. And the 4 guys in the 400 Free did their job. Conger needs to focus on the 200 Back.

    • Hulk Swim says:

      Then again, if Ellis is struggling to put two solid 100s together in a session… It may make sense to let him focus on winning the B and let Conger into the 400.

    • 0

      Looks to me like Murray and Ellis took it a bit easy in the morning on the relay.

      If anyone, I think Eddie might sub Cooper into the relay.

  84. Diving Results says:

    Texas goes one up (8), one down (13)

  85. Janne says:

    I just know that ryan murphy is going to destroy every one at 200back tonight. NCAA and also new american record time, so i hope some one will take video of it! Im from europe so i cant see it, so please took video of it and put it on youtube thnx

  86. Peterdavis says:

    Cal by 10 tonight. Go bears

  87. Rygreen says:

    Texas 1 up and 1 down in diving. This thing is going to be awfully close.

  88. Teamwiess says:

    Texas went 1 up / 1 down in diving. That makes the situation as follows:

    Texas 5 up / 5 down
    Cal 7 up / 2 down
    Florida 4 up / 3 down

    I think by those counts Florida is out of it. If you take the 6 points that Texas leads by as the equivalent of 1 down than you can think of them starting even and Texas being 5 / 6. This is going to be close and placing tonight is going matter a lot. In my opinion, Texas has been the better morning team this week and Cal has been the better evening team. (Although Texas missed two A finals by 6 one hundredths of a second this morning.) If that keeps true, I think Cal wins. This is without the 1650. If any Cal swimmer or any Texas swimmer make top 8 without the other team doing so, I think that is the meet for that team.

    WOO HOO, this is awesome.

  89. Wethorn says:

    Excluding the mile and relay and assuming seeds hold, I score it Texas 406.5, Cal 402.5. But I think Cal probably improves more relative to seeds than Texas. Eddie is gonna have to work some magic.

  90. Ole 99 says:

    Cieslak for swimmer of the meet?

  91. Wethorn says:

    On the Texas relay, Murray led off in 42.96, more than a second slower than his morning swim. Tough to predict what this relay will do. Cox was slowest for Cal, I’d assume they’d sub Gimondi in for him.

  92. Ole 99 says:

    texas looks to have more time to drop than cal, but that’s why you swim the races.

  93. joeMomma says:

    Any live coverage or live tweeting of the 1650?

  94. * says:

    the 1,650 freestyle afternoon heats will stream at this link beginning at 4:45 pm CT http://www.texassports.com/showcase/?Live=235

  95. wethorn says:

    Munoz from Texas tat 15:00.26, Ritter looked to be maybe 4-5 seconds behind that.

  96. joeMomma says:


    Thank you.

    • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:

      We just Tweeted this for those not on Twitter: So after 3 heats of 5 in the mile: Ryan, Thomson, Fierro, Smith, Kiraly, Powell, Munoz, Ritter, Flynn, Hinshaw are the top 10. #md1swim

  97. Dan says:

    Does anybody have the results for heat 4 of the mile? It’s been over for a whil but can’t see the results.

  98. uberfan says:

    Heat 4 Bagshaw 14:39.00, Zane Groth 14:45 and Swanson from Penn 14:49.

  99. calswimfan says:

    Jeremy Bagshaw of Cal won the 4th heat in 1:39.00. i think he goes top 8 but you can never be sure in this meet.

  100. calswim65 says:

    This looks to be one of the most exciting final nights at men’s NCAAs in recent memory. It’s been a while since it went down to the last relay (i.e., where the top team on the scoreboard just had to avoid jumping). Go Bears! Let’s get our third championship in 4 years!!

  101. sven says:

    overheard in the background of live stream, I don’t know if it was supposed to be audible to us: something along the lines of “yeah, I just think that, Rick DeMont… taking over that program… I just think he’s got it all figured out.”

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