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: Joseph Schooling (Texas), 2016- 44.01
- American record: Tom Shields (Cal), 2016- 43.84
- U.S. Open record: Tom Shields (Cal), 2016- 43.84
- 2016 NCAA Champion: Joseph Schooling (Texas)- 44.01
Texas junior Joseph Schooling, the 2016 Olympic champion in the 100 meter fly, returns after coming within hundredths of a 43-second swim last season. While Tom Shields became first man to clear the 44-mark earlier this season at U.S. Winter Nationals, Schooling still has a chance to be the first man in the NCAA to do so. He’s already been as fast as 44.06 this season, which is just .05 off his own NCAA Record.
Schooling will be challenged by teammate Jack Conger and Florida’s Caeleb Dressel, who are the most likely contenders to pull off an upset. Dressel rocked a personal best 44.21 to win the SEC Championship title last month. Conger, on the other hand, posted a 44.56 at the Big 12 Championships, which is just a hundredth short of his best.
NC State’s Ryan Held and Cal’s Matt Josa are also in the running for a top spot. Josa, who boasts a personal best 44.89, transferred to Cal this season after spending 2 years with Queens University. Held (44.79) made a change in his event lineup this season, choosing to swim this race instead of the 200 free.
Returning All-Americans in this event include Cleveland State’s Philipp Sikatzki, Ohio State’s Matt McHugh, Georgia’s Pace Clark, and Alabama’s Luke Kaliszak. The fastest of that group so far has been McHugh, who put up a 44.91 at Big Tens. The field will also see Cal’s Justin Lynch, Indiana’s Vini Lanza, LSU’s Logan Rysemus, Missouri’s Andrew Sansoucie, and Texas’ Will Glass return after scoring in the B final last season. Sansoucie (44.86) is one of a handful of men who enter with sub-45 times.
After taking an Olympic redshirt in 2015-16, USC’s Santo Condorelli will be back at the NCAA meet. He’s one of several Pac-12 finalists competing. Stanford’s Andrew Liang and Arizona State teammates Andrew Porter and Tadas Duskinas will also look to make waves in this race.
TOP 8 PREDICTIONS:
|Place||Swimmer||Team||Season Best||Lifetime Best|
|4||Ryan Held||NC State||44.79||44.79|
|8||Matt McHugh||Ohio State||44.91||44.91|