2014 Men’s NCAA Championships: Marcin Cieslak Video Interview

As reported by SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson. Video edited by Coleman Hodges.

A highly-competitive and entertaining 200 IM race went to the top-seeded Marcin Cieslak of Florida. Cieslak went 1:40.58, knocking off the pool record held by Olympian and Florida great Ryan Lochte at 1:40.97. Another big honor for Cieslak is that he tied Michael Phelps‘ career-best for the 4th-fastest time of all-time in the race, trailing only two Lochte swims and Bradley Ally.

Cieslak had to hold off a charging Chase Kalisz. The 2013 NCAA champ in the 400 IM was rolling late but ran out of pool in trying to catch Cieslak, going 1:41.19 for second. The fastest freestyle split actually went to Stanford’s David Nolan, who jumped back into the hunt late with a 24.2 split to take third in 1:41.38.

Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker was just a tick off his prelims swim which was, in turn, just a bit off his impressive Big Ten Championship time. Whitaker went 1:41.51 for fourth. The last man under 1:42 was Cal’s Josh Prenot, who went 1:41.97 for fifth.

Whitaker’s Wolverine teammate Dylan Bosch was 1:42.05 for sixth, and the last two finals spots were back at 1:43, with Georgia junior Nic Fink beating Cal’s Ryan Murphy 1:43.76 to 1:43.91.

Florida had the distinction of winning both heats of this race, as Eduardo Solaeache won the B final with a 1:42.67. He’s swimming well, so look for him to jump onto the breaststroke leg of the Gators’ 400 medley relay later tonight and try to help Florida hang onto its top seed.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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