2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live Results
- NCAA record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016- 1:35.73
- American record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016- 1:35.73
- U.S. Open record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016- 1:35.73
- 2016 NCAA Champion: Ryan Murphy (Cal)- 1:35.73
Cal’s Ryan Murphy will chase his own NCAA and American Record in the 200 back after dominating the field with a 1:35.73 last season. Now a 2-time Olympic backstroke champion, Murphy will be swimming in his last ever NCAA Meet, and this could be the last time we see him focus on yards. If successful in defending his backstroke titles, Murphy will have 4-peated in both.
Behind him, the field tightens up, and it should be a good battle for the runner-up spot. Russian Olympian Grigory Tarasevich (Louisville) and South African Olympian Christopher Reid (Alabama) are among the stars in the field. Tarasevich goes into the meet as the 2nd seed with a personal best 1:39.05 from the ACC Championships.
U.S. Olympic Trials finalists Hennessey Stuart (NC State) and Robert Owen (Virginia Tech) are also among the big names in this race, as is Trials semifinalist Justin Ress (NC State). Aside from Murphy, Stuart is the only swimmer in the field to have broken 1:39 before. Last season, he placed 3rd in a personal best 1:38.54.
Returning All-Americans Patrick Mulcare (USC) and Connor Oslin (Alabama) will battle for a second consecutive All-American finish. Mulcare and Arizona State’s Richard Bohus broke 1:40 at this season’s Pac-12 Championships. Texas’ John Shebat, Missouri’s Carter Griffin, and Georgia’s Jay Litherland will look to move up into the top 8 after scoring in last season’s B final. Shebat and teammate Jonathan Roberts could give Texas 2 men in the final, as they’ve each been 1:39 already this season.
Denver’s Anton Loncar and Auburn’s Joe Patching could make big moves in this race. Patching nearly broke 1:40 last season, clocking a 1:40.16 to win at the SEC Championships. Loncar has been making steady drops in this event, and enters with a personal best 1:40.33 from this season’s Texas Invite.
TOP 8 PREDICTIONS:
|Place||Swimmer||Team||Season Best||Lifetime Best|
|2||Hennessey Stuart||NC State||1:39.47||1:38.56|