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


The first individual races of the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships will take placce during this morning’s prelims session at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This morning brings competition in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay, and 1-meter diving. NC State will look to build off their momentum from last night’s fantastic relay performance.

In the 500 free, Texas’ defending champ Townley Haas will battle teammate Clark Smith, the 2015 champion in that race, as well as freshman standouts Felix Auboeck (Michigan) and Grant Shoults (Stanford). A loaded 200 IM field will feature Texas’ defending champ Will Licon, Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Andrew Seliskar, NC State’s Andreas Vazaios, Florida’s Mark Szaranek, and Georgia’s Chase Kalisz. Finally, Florida’s Caeleb Dressel will chase his own American Record in the 50 free, while NC State’s Ryan Held looks to pull off an upset.


  • 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- 1:15.35
  2. Florida- 1:15.52
  3. NC State- 1:15.56
  4. Cal- 1:16.11
  5. Auburn- 1:16.45
  6. Indiana- 1:16.53
  7. Missouri- 1:16.78
  8. Alabama- 1:16.91

Ryan Held got the ball rolling with a new ACC Record of 18.58 on the leadoff split for NC State. That makes him the 4th fastest performer of all time, surpassing USC’s Vlad Morozov. The Wolpack wound up 3rd this morning behind only Texas and Florida. Jack Conger put up a quick 18.45 for the Longhorns, while Caeleb Dressel tore his way to a 17.99 for the Gators this morning.

Cal made it in at 4th with a personal best 19.00 leadoff from Pawel Sendyk and a quick 18.98 anchor from transfer Matt Josa. Also blasting a best time on the leadoff was Auburn’s Zach Apple, who turned in a 19.01 as the Tigers took 5th.

USC has the 5th fastest time of the morning, but they were DQed for an early start on the final exchange, as was Ohio State. That bumped Alabama up to 8th and Arizona up to 16th. Just missing the top 8 by a hundredth was Arizona State, as the Sun Devils got a pair of 18.9s from Richard Bohus and Cameron Craig.


  • 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
  1. Fynn Minuth (South Carolina)- 4:09.55
  2. Akaram Mahmoud (South Carolina)- 4:09.73
  3. Felix Auboeck (Michigan)- 4:09.93
  4. Clark Smith (Texas)- 4:10.53
  5. Townley Haas (Texas)- 4:11.33
  6. Marwan El Kamash (Indiana)- 4:11.84
  7. Grant Shoults (Stanford)- 4:12.14
  8. Anton Ipsen (NC State)- 4:12.18

The top 8 today were almost 2 seconds faster than at the NCAA meet last season. This morning, it took a 4:12.18 to qualify as compared to the 4:13.92 it took in 2016.

South Carolina’s Tom Peribonio (4:14.09), Florida’s Ben Lawless (4:14.14), and Georgia’s Jay Litherland (4:14.15) all dropped over 2 seconds from their seed times in heat 4.

South Carolina came up huge in heat 5, as Fynn Minuth (4:09.55) and Akaram Mahmoud (4:09.73) crashed through the 4:10 barrier to become the 8th and 9th fastest performers of all time respectively. Those times stood as the 2 fastest of the morning, as Michigan’s Felix Auboeck was the only other man to break 4:10.

Texas’ Clark Smith is set to make a run at redeeming his title, qualifying 4th in 4:10.53 just ahead of teammate Townley Haas (4:11.33). That’s leagues ahead of the 4:17.17 Smith dropped in prelims at the 2016 NCAA meet.

Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo (4:12.89), Wisconsin’s Matt Hutchins (4:12.36), and Stanford’s Liam Egan (4:13.12), 2 of last season’s A finalists, will swim in tonight’s B final. NC State’s Adam Linker (4:14.01) and South Carolina’s Tom Peribonio (4:14.09) will return to the B final. Joining them is Stanford’s freshman standout True Sweetser (4:13.47).

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. Will Licon (Texas)- 1:40.50
  2. Andreas Vazaios (NC State)- 1:40.77
  3. Mark Szaranek (Florida)- 1:41.11
  4. Gunnar Bentz (Georgia)- 1:41.12
  5. Chase Kalisz (Georgia)- 1:41.20
  6. Andrew Seliskar (Cal)- 1:41.49
  7. Ryan Murphy (Cal)- 1:41.79
  8. Jonathan Roberts (Texas)- 1:42.25

Texas’ Jonathan Roberts threw down in heat 4, touching in 1:42.24 to knock over 2 seconds off his previous best. Hawaii’s Metin Aydin also had a big swim with a personal best 1:43.32 to win heat 3.

Georgia’s Chase Kalisz was just a hundredth off his best time, turning in a 1:41.20 to win heat 5. Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine (1:42.25) and Tom Kremer (1:42.27) followed.

In heat 6, NC State’s Andreas Vazaios posted a blistering 1:40.77, making him the 8th fastest performer in history and the new Pool Record holder. Cal’s Matt Josa (1:41.50) and Ryan Murphy (1:41.79) were the next men to the wall. Josa, however, was disqualified for multiple dolphin kicks on the breaststroke leg. Arizona State’s Cameron Craig was also disqualified in that heat, as the officials cited “arms no on the same horizontal plane during breaststroke.

Texas’ Will Licon topped that in the next heat, winning in 1:40.50 ahead of Florida’s Mark Szaranek (1:41.11), Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz (1:41.12) and Cal’s Andrew Seliskar (1:41.49).

With the DQ on Josa, Texas’ Jonathan Roberts was bumped up in the A final. The Longhorns and bears now have 2 each in the final, whereas Cal would have 3 to Texas’ 1 had Josa not been DQed.


  1. Caeleb Dressel (Florida)- 18.38
  2. Joseph Schooling (Texas)- 18.77
  3. (T-3)Ryan Held (NC State)- 18.93
  4. (T-3) Zach Apple (Auburn)- 18.93
  5. Pawel Sendyk (Cal)- 18.96
  6. Michael Chadwick (Missouri)- 18.99
  7. Dylan Carter (USC)- 19.04
  8. Paul Powers (Michigan)- 19.06

Texas’ Tate Jackson put up the fastest time ahead of the circle seeded heats with a 19.25.

Joseph Schooling 18.77 put up an 18.77 to win the first circle seeded heat ahead of Cal’s Pawel Sendyk (18.96). Ryan Held came up next with an 18.93 to win heat 6, followed by Missouri’s Michael Chadwick (18.99). Caeleb Dressel upstaged them all in the final heat, touching in 18.38 to beat out Auburn’s Zach Apple (18.93).

There will be 8 different schools represented in tonight’s A final, as USC’s Dylan Carter (19.04), Auburn’s Zach Apple (18.93) and Michigan’s Paul Powers (19.06) made the final in addition to Dressel, Schooling, Held, Sendyk, and Chadwick.

It took a 19.06 to make the A final, leaving a few big names on the outside looking in. That includes Texas’ Jack Conger (19.12) and Brett Ringgold (19.11), Indiana’s Ali Khalafalla (19.13), Stanford’s Sam Perry (19.15).


  • 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. Missouri- 3:02.53
  2. Texas- 3:03.45
  3. Indiana- 3:03.84
  4. Louisville- 3:04.05
  5. Florida- 3:04.20
  6. USC- 3:04.55
  7. Stanford- 3:04.90
  8. Cal- 3:04.95

Missouri (3:02.53) took the win in the first circle seeded heat, as Daneil Hein led them off in 46.36 and Fabian Schwingenschlogl broke ahead with his 50.66 breaststroke split. Andrew Sansoucie kept their momentum going with a 44.58 fly leg, while Michael Chadwick sealed the deal with a 40.93 free split.

The next heat went to Texas in 3:03.45. Backstroker John Shebat blazed to a 44.82 backstroke split, followed by Will Licon (breast- 51.38), Joseph Schooling (fly- 45.41), and Brett Ringgold (free- 41.84). Schooling was noticeably cruising given he was 2 seconds slower than his 43.34 split from finals last season.

A fast final heat saw Indiana’s Bob Glover (back- 45.86), Ian Finnerty (breast- 52.02), Vini Lanza (fly- 44.85), and Blake Pieroni (41.11) touch first with a 3:03.84. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel charged to the fastest free split of the field in that heat with his 40.56.

Alabama put up the 6th fastest time of the morning, but they were DQed for a stroke violation, bumping Cal into the A final. That was almost a narrow miss for the Golden Bears, who notably left Ryan Murphy off of the relay this morning and used Zheng Quah (46.25) on the back leg. Arizona was once again bumped up to 16th after the DQ.

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5 years ago

Just a little tip: When you “link” to live results it either shows results for the 2017 women’s meet, or for the 2016 men’s meet. This would be important to fix.

Card Nation
5 years ago

Quietly, Stanford had a real nice morning even with Devine finishing 9th (but still a great swim). It would be great to see them back in the top 5!

5 years ago

“Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo (4:12.89), Wisconsin’s Matt Hutchins (4:12.36), and Stanford’s Liam Egan (4:13.12), 2 of last season’s A finalists, will swim in tonight’s B final.” Pretty sure that is 3. Am i missing something?

Bay City Tex
5 years ago

Any diving prelim results, yet?

Reply to  Bay City Tex
5 years ago

theyll probably be done by 3:15 est

5 years ago

I guess TEXAS was not so ‘flat’ after all…

5 years ago

South Carolina boys came ready to play. Hope they keep the ball rolling into tonight.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Very fast prelims overall.
I’m impressed by Held so far. Hopefully he saves some energy for the 100 free on the last day. He will be very strong next summer.
Dressel still not much conservative in prelims.
I want to see someone destroy the old record of Vanderkaay in the 500 free. Time to wake up that event in the same way as it was done in the 200 free last year. Hopefully the swimmers don’t look too much at each other.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

There’s no need to be “conservative” in prelims in the 50. The energy savings is marginal at best, and the risk is huge. On the relays, UF needs Dressel to go full gas in prelims to make sure they make Finals

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

maybe he should go easy on the 2nd 25 to save himself for Sunday..

5 years ago

Does anyone know if Norman from Cal will be swimming at this meet? I see he scratched the 500 already and at Pac12s he didn’t look good.

Reply to  PKWater
5 years ago

At PAC 12s he didn’t swim

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