2016 Men’s NCAA DI Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


200 FREE RELAY – Finals

  • NCAA Record: Auburn, 1:14.08
  • American Record: Stanford, 1:15.26
  • U.S. Open Record: Auburn, 1:14.08
  • Pool Record: NC State, 1:15.62
  • 2015 Champion: Texas, 1:15.86

Top 3:

  1. Texas – 1:14.88
  2. NC State – 1:15.09
  3. Alabama – 1:16.16

The Texas Longhorns won their second relay of the weekend, posting a winning time of 1:14.88. NC State’s Ryan Held tried to run down John Murray down on the last leg, but ran out of room at the end, finishing with an 18.28 split. Brett Ringgold led off for Texas with a 19.07 split, followed by Joseph Schooling at 18.53, Jack Conger at 18.74, and Murray at 18.54.

NC State finished in second place at 1:15.09. Simonas Bilis lead off at 18.77, followed by Joe Bonk at 19.15, Andreas Schiellerup at 18.89, and Held at 18.28.

As fast as Held’s split was, it still doesn’t compare to Caeleb Dressel‘s lead off split. The sophomore broke his own pool record, besting his time from this morning with a time of 18.24. Florida went on to finish fourth, just behind Alabama. Of note in the team points battle: Cal moved up from the 8th spot to tie Florida for 4th, getting an 18.56 split from Ryan Murphy.

The team of Ali Khalafalla, Blake Pieroni, Anze Tavcar, and Sam Lorentz from Indiana won the B final with their time of 1:17.00.

500 FREE – Finals

  • NCAA Record: Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan, 4:08.60
  • American Record: Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine, 4:08.54
  • U.S. Open Record: Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine, 4:08.54
  • Pool Record: Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan, 4:08.60
  • 2015 Champion: Clark Smith, Texas, 4:09.72

Top 3:

  1. Townley Haas, Texas – 4:09.00
  2. Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida – 4:09.98
  3. Reed Malone, USC – 4:12.55

Winning their third NCAA title of the meet, the Texas Longhorns watched Townley Haas take control of the men’s 500 freestyle early on to win the event with his time of 4:09.00. That time will stand as the sixth fastest 500 freestyle in history. It also give Texas two straight NCAA wins in that event after Clark Smith won it a year ago.

Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo and USC’s Reed Malone both made strong moves later in the race to run down Haas, but it wasn’t enough to reel in Haas. D’Arrigo picked up second with his time of 4:09.98 and Malone finished third at 4:12.55.

Akaram Mahmoud from South Carolina was the final swimmer to finish under 4:13 at 4:12.86.

Florida’s Pawel Werner won the B final with his time of 4:13.79.


  • NCAA Record: David Nolan, Stanford, 1:39.38
  • American Record: David Nolan, Stanford, 1:39.38
  • U.S. Open Record: David Nolan, Stanford, 1:39.38
  • Pool Record: Ryan Lochte, 1:40.08
  • 2015 Champion: David Nolan, Stanford, 1:39.38

Top 3:

  1. Will Licon, Texas – 1:40.04
  2. Josh Prenot, Cal – 1:40.14
  3. Ryan Murphy, Cal – 1:40.27

There is something in the air here in Atlanta. It was tight race between California’s Josh Prenot, Ryan Murphy, and Texas’ Will Licon, but Licon managed to get his hand on the wall first. His time also bumps him ahead of Ryan Lochte, giving him the second fastest performance in history and the pool record. Licon’s 200 IM is Texas’ fourth NCAA title in as many events.

Prenot and Murphy finished second and third at 1:40.14 and 1:40.27, respectively. On the other side of the pool, Florida’s Jan Switkowski reached in for fourth, finishing with a final time of 1:41.36.

Brigham Young’s Jake Taylor won the B final with his time of 1:42.82, dropping nearly half a second from his morning swim.

50 FREE – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 18.20
  2. Simonas Bilis, NC State – 18.84
  3. Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama – 18.95

Caeleb Dressel did it again, going 18.20 to lower his own American record for the third time in the past month and win his second-consecutive 50 free NCAA title.

The record was just 18.66 before Dressel got ahold of it, and the U.S. Open record was 18.47. Dressel has better both of those marks six times over the past five weeks – twice at SECs, twice this morning and now twice at tonight’s finals. Dressel now holds the six fastest swims in history in the event and four of them happened today.

NC State’s Simonas Bilis wasn’t quite able to match his twin 18.7s from prelims, but he did go 18.84 for the silver medal. Meanwhile Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev managed to rise all the way up to 18.95 and third place after barely scraping his way into the final through a three-way swim-off in prelims.

A trio of men finished right on the other side of 18 – Mizzou’s Michael Chadwick (19.04), Michigan’s Paul Powers (19.05) and Texas’s John Murray (19.08).

NC State’s Ryan Held fell off his prelims pace some, going 19.20, and Georgia Bulldog Michael Trice was 19.23 for 8th.

Also of note: UNLV’s Dillon Virva blasted a 19.07 to win the B final. That’s his lifetime-best by .02.


  • NCAA Record: Texas, 3:01.23
  • American Record: California, 3:01.60
  • U.S. Open Record: Texas, 3:01.23
  • Pool Record: Texas, 3:04.31
  • 2015 Champion: Texas, 3:01.23

Top 3:

  1. Texas – 3:00.68
  2. California – 3:01.28
  3. Louisville – 3:04.73

Texas stayed red-hot through the end of night 2, winning its 5th NCAA title in just 6 swimming events so far. The team of John Shebat, Will Licon, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger went 3:00.68 to shatter the NCAA and U.S. Open records along with their own pool record from this morning.

The splits were great all around, but particularly absurd was Schooling’s 43.3 on the butterfly. That suggests the sophomore could become the first man ever under 44 seconds in the individual 100 fly tomorrow, or at least challenge the U.S. Open record of 44.18. Schooling represents Singapore internationally, so the Texas relay doesn’t break the American record, just the U.S. Open mark, for the fastest swim ever done on American soil.

The freshman Shebat was 45.36 on the backstroke, with Licon coming off his 200 IM win to split 50.69 and Conger anchoring in 41.29.

California was actually just off the old NCAA and U.S. Open records as well. Ryan Murphy shattered the American 100 back record on the leadoff leg with a mind-numbing 43.51 to put Cal way out in the lead. Josh Prenot came off the 200 IM runner-up spot to split 50.71 on breaststroke, Justin Lynch was 45.03 on fly and Long Gutierrez 42.03 on freestyle. Cal was actually under the American record, but don’t get credited with a new national mark because Gutierrez represents Mexico internationally.

Louisville snuck in for bronze, holding off a hard-charging Missouri team. Grigory Tarasevich was 45.24 on backstroke for Louisville as the Cardinals went 3:04.73. Mizzou made a late charge on a 42.54 from Michael Chadwick on the anchor leg, but couldn’t quite run down Louisville, instead settling for fourth in 3:04.99.

50 free hero Caeleb Dressel split 51.8 on breaststroke for Florida, and a 45.7 backstroke from Jack Blyzinskyj helped the Gators go 3:05.19 for 5th.

Out of the B heat, Alabama added Kristian Gkolomeev to their anchor leg after leaving him off the squad this morning. Gkolomeev split 42.02 as Alabama won the heat in 3:04.32, a time that would have been 3rd in the championship heat.

Team Scores

Through 400 Medley Relay

  1. Texas 209
  2. Florida 163
  3. California 141
  4. NC State 137
  5. Michigan 90
  6. Missouri 81
  7. Tennessee 79
  8. Auburn 72.5
  9. Georgia 68
  10. Alabama 68
  11. Indiana 62
  12. Louisville 60
  13. Stanford 57.5
  14. Southern Cali 53
  15. Ohio St 38
  16. Arizona 28
  17. South Carolina 23
  18. Wisconsin 23
  19. University of Miami 14
  20. Brigham Young 12
  21. Pittsburgh 11
  22. Virginia Tech 11
  23. Unlv 9
  24. Univ of Utah 9
  25. Princeton 8
  26. Penn 6
  27. Georgia Tech 5
  28. Minnesota 4
  29. UNC 2
  30. Penn State University 2
  31. Harvard 2
  32. Texas A&M 1

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4 years ago

NC State

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Dressel leading off……..

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