2017 Men’s NCAA Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Swimmers are getting ready for day 2 finals of the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships here at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tonight brings competition in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter diving, and 400 medley relay.

One of the big races to look forward to tonight is the 500 free. We have 5 men in the field who have been sub-4:10, including South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth, teammate Akaram Mahmoud, and Michigan’s Felix Auboeck, who broke the barrier this morning. There to chalenge, however, will be Texas’ defending champ Townley Haas and 2015 champ Clark Smith.


  • NCAA record: Auburn (2009)- 1:14.08
  • American record: Stanford (2011)- 1:15.26
  • U.S. Open record: Auburn (2009)- 1:14.08
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Texas- 1:14.88
  1. Texas- 1:14.59
  2. Florida- 1:14.88
  3. Cal- 1:15.29

Caeleb Dressel got the Gators off to a brilliant start in 18.23, tying the 2nd fastest 50 free performance of all time. The Gators led until the final 50, but Texas’ Joseph Schooling busted out an 18.34 to win it for the Longhorns. Schooling teamed up with Brett Ringgold (leadoff- 18.96), Jack Conger (18.37), and Tate Jackson (18.92) as they finished in 1:14.59. That was Ringgold’s first time under 19 from a flat start, as his previous best was a 19.07.

NC State got a blistering 18.63 leadoff from Ryan Held, but Cal was able to run them down , as Matt Josa anchored in 18.92 to Scott Johnson‘s 19.57.


  • NCAA record: Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan), 2006- 4:08.60
  • American record: Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan), 2006- 4:08.54
  • U.S. Open record: Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan), 2006- 4:08.54
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Townley Haas (Texas) – 4:09.00

If there was any doubt about it, the doubt is now gone. Clark Smith is back. Smith led the race from start to finish, taking down Peter Vanderkaay’s NCAA and American Records with a 4:08.42 to hold off a late charge from teammate Townley Haas (4:08.92) and Michigan freshman Felix Auboeck (4:08.93).

Stanford’s Grant Shoults put up a personal best 4:10.23 for 4th, while South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth rounded out the top 5 in 4:10.57. Minuth’s teammate Akaram Mahmoud touched 6th in 4:10.83, followed by Indiana’s Marwan El Kamash (4:10.87) and NC State’s Anton Ipsen (4:11.73).

Stanford’s Liam Egan turned in a 4:12.36 to win the B final, outpacing Wisconsin’s Matt Hutchins (4:13.16).

MEN’S 200 IM

  • NCAA record: David Nolan (Stanford), 2015- 1:39.38
  • American record: David Nolan (Stanford), 2015- 1:39.38
  • U. S. Open record: David Nolan (Stanford), 2015- 1:39.38
  • 2015 NCAA Champion: Will Licon, Texas (1:40.04)
  1. (T-1) Mark Szaranek (Florida)- 1:40.67
  2. (T-1) Will Licon (Texas)- 1:40.67
  3. Ryan Murphy (Cal)- 1:40.73

Cal’s Ryan Murphy led through the first 150 yards of the race, but Florida’s Mark Szaranek and Texas’ Will Licon had him in their sights. Szaranek and Licon blitzed Murphy on the free split, as they were neck-and-neck into the finish. At the touch, Licon and Szaranek tied for gold in 1:40.67, with Murphy (1:40.67) touching hundredths behind for 3rd. That was about a half second shy of Licon’s best, but Szaranek now moves up to #9 on the all-time top performers list.

Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz joined them under 1:41, clocking in with a personal best 1:40.90 to place 4th ahead of teammate Chase Kalisz, who tied his best time in 1:41.19 for 5th.

Florida’s Jan Switkowski blazed to a 1:41.17 in the B final, making him the 13th fastest performer ever.


  1. Caeleb Dressel (Florida)- 18.23
  2. Ryan Held (NC State)- 18.60
  3. Joseph Schooling (Texas)- 18.79

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel pulled off the threepeat tonight, touching in 18.23 to tie for the 2nd fastest performance of all time with his relay leadoff split from earlier in the session and his prelims swim from last season. Dressel now owns all 10 of the top 10 fastest performances in history.

NC State’s Ryan Held (18.60) was just .02 off his best time, while Texas’ Joseph Schooling (18.79) was also within hundredths of his best for 3rd. Auburn’s Zach Apple and Missouri’s Michael Chadwick tied for 5th behind them in 18.97. That was a best tiem for Chadwick, who broke 19 for the first time with his 18.99 this morning.


  1. Steele Johnson (Purdue)- 446.90
  2. Michael Hixon (Indiana)- 437.70
  3. James Connor (Indiana)- 437.30

Purdue’s Steele Johnson took the top of the podium in the 1-meter, while Indiana teammates Michael Hixon and James Connor were narrowly separated for 2nd and 3rd place. Tennessee’s SEC champion Liam Stone (427.35) finished in 4th, while Miami’s Briadam Herrera (405.90) rounded out the top 5. Texas got a boost from Mark Anderson (395.20), who finished 7th in the final.


  • NCAA record: Texas (2016)- 3:00.68
  • American record: Cal (2015)- 3:01.60
  • U.S. Open record: Texas (2016)- 3:00.68
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Texas- 3:00.68
  1. Texas- 2:59.22
  2. Cal- 3:01.51
  3. Missouri- 3:01.91

Cal’s Ryan Murphy got the Bears off to a good start with his 44.32 back split, marking the 6th fastest performance ever, while Texas’ John Shebat rocketed to a 44.58, making him the 4th fastest performer ever. Despite a very fast 50.97 split from Cal’s Connor Hoppe on the breast leg, Texas moved ahead with a blistering 49.75 from Will Licon.

Texas’ Joseph Schooling extended the lead with a 43.60 fly split to Matt Josa‘s 44.59. Jack Conger then sealed the deal for the Longhorns, clocking a 41.29 free split to help the Longhorns break the NCAA and U.S. Open Records in 2:59.22, marking the first 400 medley relay to ever break 3:00. Cal followed in 3:01.51 after a 41.63 free split from Michael Jensen, setting a new American Record in the process.

Missouri’s Michael Chadwick had the fastest free split of the field, helping his team to a 3rd place finish with a 40.72 on the anchor leg. USC finished just outside of the top 3, with Santo Condorelli putting up a 41.40 free split en route to their 3:02.20.

Fastest Splits of the Field:


  1. Texas                           225.5   2. California                        143
  3. Florida                         138.5   4. NC State                          123
  5. Indiana                           121   6. Stanford                          105
  7. Southern Cali                      75   8. Univ of Georgia                    73
  9. Missouri                         71.5  10. Auburn                           69.5
 11. Louisville                         57  12. South Carolina                     40
 13. Michigan                           39  14. Arizona State                      34
 15. Purdue                             33  16. Alabama                            32
 17. Texas A&M                          23  18. Wisconsin                          21
 19. Tennessee                          19  20. Ohio St                            17
 21. University of Miami                14  22. Lsu                                12
 22. Notre Dame                         12  24. Arizona                            10
 25. Florida State                       7  26. UNC                                 6
 26. Harvard                             6  28. Kentucky                            4
 28. Virginia Tech                       4  28. Northwestern                        4
 31. Penn St                             2  31. Hawaii                              2
 33. Pittsburgh                          1

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Bernadine needs a new Prius, a big raise and a bigger office.

Peter Davis

I’m really looking forward to tonight. The 200 free relay is always good for a little over a minute of excitement. All the individual events are faster and deeper than ever. The 500 free, the 200 IM, and the 50 free. Wow. And to cap it all off, the incredible 400 medley relay, that consists of four different swimmers competing in four different disciplines all in one race. This should be the most memorable evening in sports since nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer’s table while screaming Go Bears!


Hmmm I’m guessing you frequent Reddit?


dont let this distract you from the fact that Texas blew a 3 200 freestyle Olympians lead in the 800 free relay

Sir Swimsalot

That was yesterday…irrelevant now. Texas will perform tonight


Dont let Texas performing tonight distract you from the fact that Texas blew a 3 200 freestyle Olympians lead in the 800 free relay


Say what?

Sir Swimsalot

Say again? Haha Texas is doing fine. They surely performed tonight! Hook ’em! m/


NC State’s relay had 3 Olympians as well if I am not mistaken

Eddie Rowe

Yes. Yes they did.

Bay City Tex

Texas had to give some scraps to someone.
It’s only fair. It would be boring for Horns to win every event. Horns might win one or two more
events before it’s over!

dude 2.0

who downvotes this??


200 FR: Texas,1:14.7
500 free: smith 4:08.2
200 IM: locomotive 1:39.6
50 free: dressel 19.1
400 MR: Texas 2:59.5


Meant licon but locomotive is appropriate

E Gamble

You meant an 18.1 for Dressel right?


If Dressel won with a 19.1, Itd be hilarious


18.1 I’m a mess


Pretty spot on so far

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