2016 Men’s NCAA Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


After an electric day 3 at the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships that saw all-time records broken in the 100 fly, 100 back, and 200 free, day 4 will present more opportunities for records and some closure to key storylines as the 2015-2016 college season officially comes to a close in Atlanta.

On the record front, Ryan Murphy will chase his own record in the 200 backstroke, Caeleb Dressel will chase Vlad’s record in the 100 free, and teammates Jack Conger and Joseph Schooling will both be after Conger’s American Record, with the current NCAA Record holder Dylan Bosch lurking as the 5th qualifier.

In the day’s other two individual events, Texas’ Clark Smith will look for redemption in the 1650 free after missing the final in the 500 and scratching the 200; and the Will LiconJosh Prenot battle will see its rubber-race on Saturday in the 200 breast, after Licon won the 200 IM and Prenot won the 400 IM.

Every individual defending champion from the final day of the meet.

Note: The early heats of the 1650 free will begin at 3:45 Eastern Time, with the fastest heat to be swum with finals.

200 Back – Prelims

California’s Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley started off the session with a 1-2 finish in the 200 backstroke, qualifying at 1:37.80 and 1:39.14, respectively. The top 9 swimmers were all under 1:40 this morning, leaving Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich (1:39.96) out of the A final. This was the fastest 200 backstroke preliminary session in history. Last year anyone under 1:40 in the morning qualified for the A final.

Texas’ Ryan Harty and Tennessee’s Sean Lehane each dropped over a second from their seed times to qualify third and fourth at 1:39.17 and 1:39.24. NC State’s Hennessey Stuart finished fifth at 1:39.38.

Jake Taylor of BYU, Patrick Mulcare of USC, and Connor Oslin of Alabama rounded out the A final.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ryan Murphy, California – 1:37.80
  2. Jacob Pebley, California – 1:39.14
  3. Ryan Harty, Texas – 1:39.17
  4. Sean Lehane, Tennessee – 1:39.24
  5. Hennessey Stuart, NC State – 1:39.38
  6. Jake Taylor, Brigham Young – 1:39.42
  7. Patrick Mulcare, USC – 1:39.68
  8. Connor Oslin, Alabama – 1:39.92

100 Free – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 40.76, Vlad Morozov, 2013
  • American Record: 41.07, Caeleb Dressel, 2016
  • U.S. Open Record: 40.76, Vlad Morozov, 2013
  • Pool Record: 41.75, William Copeland, 2008
  • 2015 Champion: 41.56, Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama

NC State and Texas both managed to put two sprinters into the A final. Simonas Bilis and Ryan Held are first and fourth for NC State while John Murray and Brett Ringgold are sixth and eighth.

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel made 41.73 look easy this morning, qualifying second ahead of Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev in third. Dressel out-touched Michael Chadwick in the final heat, only picking up his tempo on the final length. Chadwick qualified fifth at 41.94.

Georgia’s Michael Trice also qualified for the A final, posting the seventh fastest time of 42.35.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Simonas Bilis, NC State – 41.59 (Pool Record)
  2. Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 41.73
  3. Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama – 41.76
  4. Ryan Held, NC State – 41.78
  5. Michael Chadwick, Missouri – 41.94
  6. John Murray, Texas – 42.32
  7. Michael Trice, Georgia – 42.35
  8. Brett Ringgold, Texas – 42.36

200 Breast – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 1:48.66, Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • American Record: 1:48.66, Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:48.66, Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • Pool Record: 1:51.96, Mike Alexandrov, 2008
  • 2015 Champion: 1:49.48, Will Licon, Texs

Will Licon and Josh Prenot set themselves up for a great race tonight in the 200 breaststroke. Licon posted the fastest time of 1:49.43 this morning, but Prenot shut his race down in the last 50 to qualify second at 1:51.45. Licon’s time is the fourth fastest performance in history, and .05 faster than his winning time from last year, but Prenot looked really strong last night in the 400 IM. It should be a fun race tonight between the two.

Anton Mckee of Alabama and Brandon Fiala of Virginia Tech both qualified third and fourth at 1:52’s. The NCAA Champion in the 100 breaststroke, Fabian Schwingenschlogl, qualified fifth at 1:53.31.

Yannick Kaeser, Carlos Claverie, and Tanner Kurz rounded our the A final.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Will Licon, Texas – 1:49.43 (Pool Record)
  2. Josh Prenot, California – 1:51.45
  3. Anton McKee, Alabama – 1:52.53
  4. Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech – 1:52.82
  5. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri – 1:53.31
  6. Yannick Kaeser, Virginia – 1:53.96
  7. Carlos Claverie, Louisville – 1:54.05
  8. Tanner Kurz, Indiana – 1:54.62

200 Fly – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 1:39.33, Dylan Bosch, 2014
  • American Record: 1:39.31, Jack Conger, 2015
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:39.31, Jack Conger, 2015
  • Pool Record: 1:41.07, Hidermasa Sano, 2008
  • 2015 Champion: 1:39.62, Joseph Schooling, Texas

Texas’ flyers easily qualified for the A final this morning with a 1:40.04 from Jack Conger for first and a 1:41.16 from Joseph Schooling for third. Georgia also managed to sneak two swimmers into the A final. Gunnar Bentz finished fifth this morning at 1:41.57 and Pace Clark qualified eighth at 1:42.07.

Michigan’s Dylan Bosch, the 2014 NCAA Champion in this event and NCAA record holder, qualified second with a time of 1:40.70.

Andrew Seliskar of California, Christina McCurdy of NC State, and Hugo Morris of Auburn all qualified for the final with 1:41’s.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Jack Conger, Texas – 1:40.04 (Pool Record)
  2. Dylan Bosch, Michigan – 1:40.70
  3. Joseph Schooling, Texas – 1:41.16
  4. Andrew Seliskar, California – 1:41.29
  5. Gunnar Bentz, Georgia – 1:41.57
  6. Christian McCurdy, NC State – 1:41.59
  7. Hugo Morris, Auburn – 1:41.64
  8. Pace Clark, Georgia – 1:42.07

400 Free Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 2:46.03, Auburn, 2009
  • American Record: 2:47.02, Texas, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:46.03, Auburn, 2009
  • Pool Record: 2:48.39, Arizona, 2006
  • 2015 Champion: 2:47.06, USC

NC State dominated the morning session of the men’s 400 freestyle relay this morning, posting a top time of 2:47.36. Florida and California were the only other schools this morning to finish under 2:50.

Indiana, Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas managed to sneak in with low 2:51’s.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. NC State – 2:47.36 (Pool Record)
  2. Florida – 2:48.70
  3. California – 2:49.67
  4. Indiana – 2:50.01
  5. Auburn – 2:51.01
  6. Georgia – 2:51.29
  7. Alabama – 2:51.30
  8. Texas – 2:51.40

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5 years ago

Where are the Pick em results from the other days?

Reply to  hswimmer
5 years ago

Can anyone possibly be left qualified after what has gone on?

5 years ago

Any word on whether Clark Smith will swim the1650 tonight? Here is my take on this Clark / Haas situation, if anyone cares: I hope that Clark Smith is injured or sick or both, but I doubt it. I think he is seriously rattled by how fast Haas has become, and he knows that he is no longer the top distance dog at Texas. I think he also knows that Haas has better long course chops than he does, and has a much better chance at making the team for Rio.

We have all been there. I feel bad for Clark Smith and the situation is sad, but he has a few months to get counseling, and then redeem… Read more »

Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

lol i hope for the sanity of your mind you’re trolling. good lord xD
(if not, its rather you who needs counseling 😉 )

Becky D
Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

That’s the worst pep talk I’ve ever heard.

Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

Talking about seriously rattled – it is the pebbles that remain upstairs in your noggin. Go Clark! Hook ‘Em Horns!

Reply to  Back2Back
5 years ago

Guys, fear can be a great motivator or a killer. As I said before I hope he is injured or sick, and can quickly recover. I have seen how paralyzing fear can be. Even some of the other commentators have mentioned how tightly wound he is and that he has not stayed to finish his swims. And maybe Haas eluded to it when he gave his post 500 interview.

As for my comment being a pep talk – it is NOT my job to give him a pep talk. That is his coach’s job.

Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

Haas definitely alluded to something in that interview.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

I just listened to Haas’ post-500 interview, no mention at all of Clark. The only thing he acknowledged were that he likes to go into the lead and hold on, and that the last 50 was brutal. Please clarify what you mean about alluding to Clark.

Becky D
Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

It’s likely not your job to give *anyone* a pep talk. Neither is it your job to talk trash about a swimmer on the Internet.

Wow. Speaking of being tightly wound….

Reply to  Becky D
5 years ago

Not talking trash. Just the facts, ma’am.

Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

Do you really think a couple bad meets ends a swimming career?

5 years ago

Correction: Schooling cannot chase Congers American record because he is not American, he represents Singapore, so he can’t hold that record. He will be chasing Bosch’s record.

5 years ago

StevenJackson: he will be swimming the 1659 tonight. Eddie Reese said he got one to two hours of sleep before the 500 prelims and it was just a disaster. He thought it was best to take Clark out of the 200 to prepare for the 1650.

5 years ago

1650* not 1659

Reply to  SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

Thank you. I hope you’re right. Hate to see a great talent spooked by another great talent. If you’re right, I will eat my goggles. Gladly.

Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

I don’t know, it didn’t look like a case of nerves in the 500.

Reply to  stevenjackson
5 years ago

Would you like a Merlot or Cab with those goggles???

Pennsylvania Tuxedo
5 years ago

STEVENJACKSON, Give it a rest. This is a sport of highs and lows. Sometimes, a multi day meet doesn’t go your way. Your speculation helps no one.

Simply speak of the facts. Clark Smith isn’t having the best meet. That’s what you know.

Another fact: he’s not having the best meet and has teammates that are about to pick him up and win a team national title.

Still not a bad weekend if you ask me.

Not Clark's Friend
Reply to  Pennsylvania Tuxedo
5 years ago

Pennsylvania Tuxedo your clearly too close to Clark. Steven Jackson is watching the meet as a fan, and as a fan, Clark Smith is having a dookie meet and as a fan he wants to know if Clark is going to get it together. Don’t watch a meet as a friend or an insider and expect that everyone else has to cowtow to your soft “not the best meet” garbage.

Reply to  Not Clark's Friend
5 years ago

Thank you for the defense. We were both hit by the dreaded swimswam.com downvoting trolls. It is tough being ahead of the curve and looking at things dispassionately, so I will take my punishment and wear the downvotes like a badge of honor.

Pennsylvania tuxedo
Reply to  Not Clark's Friend
5 years ago

I’ve never met him. My point is simple, you don’t get anywhere with speculation. Some swimmers have a great meet, others don’t, but if you don’t think it happens you haven’t been around the sport long enough.

5 years ago

I cannot find prelims feed on espn3?

Becky D
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5 years ago
5 years ago

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About Tony Carroll

Tony Carroll

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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