2018 Men’s NCAA Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

We are back! It’s been a record-setting first two sessions of men’s NCAAs, and tonight’s six event finals should prove no different.

The headliner, as always, is Caeleb Dressel‘s continuing assault on the concept of impossibility. The Florida Gator went 18.11 for the fastest 50 free in history this morning, and will look to finish his NCAA Championships career undefeated in this event. He’s got Olympian Ryan Held and breakout Minnesota star Bowe Becker in his rearview mirror heading into the final.

It was a fast 200 IM prelims, with Andrew Seliskar moving to #7 all-time while taking the top spot in 1:40.40. He’ll look to hold off last year’s co-champ Mark Szaranek along with a whole host of top competitors – Stanford’s Abrahm Devine and NC State’s Andreas Vazaios were both sub-1:41 this morning.

In the 500 free, Felix Auboeck of Michigan is the top qualifier, with NC State’s Anton Ipsen and 2016 NCAA champ and U.S. Olympian Townley Haas lurking behind him.

The relays might be the most interesting. Cal leads the 200 free relay, but only by a tenth over NC State, with Florida (and 17-second man Dressel) only two more tenths back. The 400 medley won’t see three-time defending champs Texas in the A final (they were 9th this morning), but Indiana is the early leader, followed by a pair of teams who could make significant lineup adjustments going into tonight: NC State and Cal.

Plus we’ve got diving, where Purdue’s Steele Johnson looks to defend his national title on 1-meter, but Michael Hixon is the leader after the morning rounds.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates of all the action from Minneapolis. And stay tuned to @SwimSwamLive on Twitter for even more up-to-the-second coverage.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY – Finals

  • NCAA Record: 1:14.08, Auburn, 2009
  • American Record: 1:15.26, Stanford, 2011
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:14.08, Auburn, 2009
  • 2017 NCAA Champion: Texas (1:14.59)

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Florida – 1:14.39
  2. NC State – 1:14.50
  3. Cal – 1:14.56
  4. Texas – 1:15.27
  5. USC – 1:15.72
  6. Stanford – 1:16.23
  7. Florida State – 1:16.23
  8. Michigan – 1:16.30

The biggest fireworks came at the beginning, with Caeleb Dressel shattering perhaps the most hallowed barrier in swimming: 18 seconds in a 50 free. Dressel led off in an insane 17.81, staking Florida to such a massive lead that no other team could come back, even as only one of Florida’s remaining swimmers broke 19. Dressel’s time annihilates the American, NCAA and U.S. Open records and makes him the fastest in history by seven tenths of a second.

Florida would hang on to win the relay in 1:14.39, holding off a surging NC State by just over a tenth. Jan Switkowski was 18.52, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe 19.00 and Mark Szaranek 19.06.

NC State roared home in 1:14.50, getting an 18.56 leadoff from Ryan Held with straight 18s on splits: Justin Ress was 18.31, Jacob Molacek 18.67 and Coleman Stewart 18.96. That team set a new American record, beating the 1:15.26 put up by Stanford back in 2011.

Cal wound up third, getting an 18.36 from fab freshman Ryan Hoffer and a pair of 18.5s out of Pawel Sendyk and Michael Jensen. Justin Lynch led off in 19.05 as Cal went 1:14.56.

Texas took fourth back at 1:15.27. Tate Jackson looked solid after a rough morning, splitting 18.67. John Shebat was 18.72, Joseph Schooling 18.76 and Brett Ringgold led off in 19.12.

USC got an 18.6 from Dylan Carter to place 5th.

In the B final, Indiana roared back to the win late in 1:16.31, getting a split of 18.83 from Bruno Blaskovic and an 18.88 from Blake Pieroni.

The second place finish leaves NC State in control of the meet with 74 points, but Florida has now surged to second with 70. Texas is third, eight points back, with Cal at 58 and Indiana at 52.

500 FREESTYLE – Finals

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Townley Haas, Texas – 4:08.60
  2. Felix Auboeck, Michigan – 4:09.03
  3. Anton Ipsen, NC State – 4:09.13
  4. Grant Shoults, Stanford – 4:10.02
  5. Akaram Mahmoud, South Carolina – 4:12.14
  6. Sam Pomajevich, Texas – 4:12.83
  7. Liam Egan, Stanford – 4:14.49
  8. Ricardo Vargas, Michigan – 4:17.23

Texas’s Townley Haas led the entire way, but things started to look bleak with about 150 to go. The field started to charge on Haas – first Michigan’s Felix Auboeckthen NC State’s Anton Ipsenthen Stanford’s Grant ShoultsBut Haas suddenly surged home in 23.94 to hang on for the win, his second NCAA 500 free title in three years.

Auboeck finished second in 4:09.03, closing hard and holding off NC State’s Ipsenwho was 23.8 over the final 50 yards. Shoults looked like the hard-charger through the last couple hundreds, but just ran out of pool, finishing fourth in 4:10.02.

South Carolina’s Akaram Mahmoud was 4:12.14 from an outside lane, taking 5th. Texas freshman Sam Pomajevich surged out front early, but couldn’t hold his early speed the way Haas could, fading to 6th in 4:12.83. Liam Egan of Stanford and Ricardo Vargas of Michigan rounded out the A final.

The B final went to Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta in 4:11.61, winning his heat by more than two seconds.

Texas’s big event of the day pushed them to the points lead with 95, but NC State is just 5 back. Stanford rockets up to third at 75, with Florida sitting fourth, Michigan fifth and Cal sixth. The top seven teams have been extremely volatile in place so far – it’s still very early, but things are setting up to be a multi-team barnburner for at least a few days.

200 IM – Finals

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Jan Switkowski, Florida – 1:39.54
  2. Andreas Vazaios, NC State – 1:39.97
  3. Mark Szaranek, Florida – 1:40.27
  4. Abrahm Devine, Stanford – 1:40.35
  5. Andrew Seliskar, Cal – 1:40.69
  6. Vini Lanza, Indiana – 1:40.82
  7. Gunnar Bentz, Georgia – 1:41.89
  8. Ian Finnerty, Indiana – 1:44.25

The 200 IM was a thrilling four-way race in the middle lanes. In fact, the top four were separated by just two tenths at the 100 mark. Florida’s Jan Switkowski had the late fire, though, blasting a field-best 24.0 free split to snag the win in 1:39.54. That makes him the third-fastest in history and just the third man ever under 1:40.

Meanwhile NC State’s Andreas Vazaios also broke that barrier, going 1:39.97 for silver. Last year’s co-champion Mark Szaranek was third in 1:40.27. He actually dropped four tenths of a second from last year and fell backwards two places.

Stanford’s Abrahm Devine fought off Cal’s Andrew Seliskar for fourth, 1:40.35 to 1:40.69. In fact, the entire top 5 at one point joined the top 10 fastest performers in history, including Seliskar’s 1:40.40 from this morning which then sat 7th, and is now in 11th place.

Indiana’s Vini Lanza also broke 1:41, going 1:40.82. Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz was seventh and Indiana’s Ian Finnerty 8th.

Cal’s Matt Josa ran away with the B final, avenging a DQ in this event last season with a 1:41.66.

Though Florida scored big in this event, NC State still leads the team points with 107, one above the Gators. Texas is at 99 with Cal at 91, Stanford at 90 and Indiana at 76.

50 FREE – Finals

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 17.63
  2. Ryan Held, NC State – 18.64
  3. Bowe Becker, Minnesota – 18.90
  4. Pawel Sendyk, Cal – 18.94
  5. Zach Apple, Auburn / Ryan Hoffer, Cal – 18.97
  6. Robert Howard, Alabama – 19.09
  7. Blake Pieroni, Indiana – 19.17

The only thing better than witnessing history is witnessing it twice.

Spectators of tonight’s meet got to see perhaps the most impressive night of short course swimming in world history, as Florida’s Caeleb Dressel re-lowered his own American record, going 17.63 to become the first man ever under 18 seconds in a flat start 50 free – twice in one day.

Dressel’s 17.63 takes two tenths off his already-insane 17.81 leading off the relay earlier and only cements what swimming fans have been thinking since at least this meet last year – Dressel is a generational talent and the greatest yards swimmer in history.

NC State’s Ryan Held was 18.64, still one of the fastest times in history and was a full second behind. Minnesota’s Bowe Becker thrilled the home crowd with an 18.90 for bronze, and six of the top 8 broke 19 seconds.

Cal’s Pawel Sendyk was 18.94 and Auburn’s’ Zach Apple tied with Ryan Hoffer of Cal for fifth at 18.97. The only two above 19 in the heat were Robert Howard and Blake Pieroni.

Dressel’s former club teammate Santo Condorelli won the B final, going 18.99 for USC.

NC State remains in the lead narrowly – they are 5 points up on Florida and 8.5 ahead of Cal. Texas is now 22 points back and Stanford is 41 back in 5th place.

1 meter Diving – Final

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Michael Hixon, Indiana – 464.40
  2. Steele Johnson, Purdue – 443.85
  3. James Connor, Indiana – 440.55
  4. Colin Zeng, Tennessee – 437.70
  5. Jordan Windle, Texas – 412.80
  6. Sam Thornton, A&M – 407.45
  7. Juan Hernandez, LSU – 391.10
  8. Grayson Campbell, Texas – 387.45

Indiana’s Michael Hixon topped defending champ Steele Johnson of Purdue on the 1-meter board. Hixon’s teammate James Connor was third as Indiana picked up a huge haul of points.

Tennessee’s Colin Zeng took fourth in his NCAA debut for his new team, after starting his career with Ohio State. Texas’s duo of Jordan Windle and Grayson Campbell took 5th and 8th in a solid event for the Longhorns.

That put the Longhorns into the points lead for the first time, 10 ahead of NC State and 12 ahead of Indiana. Florida is 15 back and Cal 18.5 back in what’s been a thrilling team points race so far.

400 MEDLEY RELAY – Finals

  • NCAA record: 2:59.22, Texas, 2017
  • American record: 3:01.51, California, 2017
  • U.S. Open record: 2:59.22, Texas, 2017
  • 2017 NCAA Champion: Texas (2:59.22)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Indiana – 3:01.07
  2. NC State – 3:01.76
  3. USC – 3:01.83
  4. Cal – 3:02.83
  5. Florida – 3:03.16
  6. Stanford – 3:04.16
  7. Louisville – 3:04.37
  8. Georgia – 3:04.50

Indiana defended its top spot, going 3:01.07 for the NCAA title in a blowout win. Gabiel Fantoni was 45.59 on back, keeping IU in the hunt. Ian Finnerty came off a rough 200 IM to uncork a 50.33 breaststroke split that beat everyone else in the field, including American record-holder Caeleb Dresselwho swam breast for Florida.

Vini Lanza was 44.53 on fly and Blake Pieroni anchored in a field-best 40.62, holding off a stiff charge from NC State’s Justin Ress (40.82) to cap the win.

NC State ended up second, getting the field’s best splits in the two strokes IU didn’t. Coleman Stewart switched to back after swimming fly this morning. He went 44.74 to earn the early lead for the Wolfpack. Jacob Molacek was 52.32 on breast – actually slower than the 52.08 from Daniel Graber this morning. NC State did use all-star sprinters Ryan Held and Ress on the relay, getting a field-best 43.88 fly leg out of Held and that 40.82 from Ress on free. NC State was 3:01.76, but will now have to leave those two off of one of the two remaining relays – likely the 200 medley tomorrow.

USC took third, challenging for the lead during fly with a 44.71 split from Dylan Carter. Santo Condorelli went out in 18.9 to his feet on the free leg, but fell off to a 41.2 split as the Trojans finished in 3:01.83. Carsten Vissering was 50.90 on breast and Ralf Tribuntsov led off in 45.01, a hundredth slower than Robert Glinta was this morning.

Cal finished fourth overall, getting a 50.87 from Connor Hoppe and a 41.4 anchor from freshman Ryan Hoffer. Behind them, Florida shook up its order to get a 50.62 breaststroke from Dressel and a 44.1 fly from Jan Switkowski to go 3:03.16.

Stanford took 6th (Andrew Liang was 44.8 on fly and Sam Perry 41.6 on free), Louisville seventh and Georgia eighth.

In the B final, Texas held onto its 9th place spot, going 3:03.56 by swapping out backstroker John Shebat for Austin Katz. The freshman Katz was 45.1, a half-second faster than Shebat was this morning. Flyer Joseph Schooling was 44.3 on his split.

Team Score Update

It’s been a back-and-forth session in team points, but Indiana finished with the lead thanks to huge points from the final two events. IU is four ahead of NC State, with Texas ten back, Florida 15 back and Cal 16.5 back. Those 5 should have their biggest tests tomorrow morning, with 5 individual swimming events, 1 relay and 1 diving event on the docket.

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 7                       
 
  1. Indiana                           169   2. NC State                          165
  3. Texas                             159   4. Florida                           154
  5. California                      152.5   6. Stanford                          116
  7. Southern California                79   8. Michigan                           70
  9. Georgia                            64  10. Louisville                         62
 11. Auburn                           40.5  12. Alabama                            38
 13. Tennessee                          35  14. Harvard                            29
 15. Arizona St                         28  16. Florida St                         24
 17. South Carolina                     20  18. Texas A&M                          19
 19. Arizona                            18  19. Missouri                           18
 19. Purdue                             18  22. Minnesota                          16
 23. Lsu                                12  24. Notre Dame                         10
 25. Virginia Tech                       9  26. Ohio St                             6
 26. Denver                              6  28. Penn State                          5
 29. Duke                                4  30. Virginia                            2
 30. Iowa                                2

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Comments

  1. calswimfan says:

    Go bears!

  2. Stankgal says:

    IU takes the 4 Med in 3:00.3

  3. #STATEment says:

    Let’s get everyone excited!
    When I say WOLF you say PACK.

    WOLF-

  4. 200 SIDESTROKE B CUT says:

    *insert popcorn emoji*

  5. Caeleb Dressel Will Win 8 Gold Medals in Tokyo says:

    Going to the arena now. Can’t wait to see!

  6. swimfish87 says:

    will finals be free to watch like this morning? or does someone have a link they can share?

  7. Friuti says:

    Sadly won’t get to watch live as I leave for Minneapolis as the meet starts :/ bright side I get to see it in person the next two days!

  8. Zhenia says:

    Europe is watching this too!

  9. amazing says:

    *inserts this here* so regan smith just went a 1:48.30 200 back at an ohio sectional meet!

  10. DrSwimPhil says:

    Again, why can’t this be shown live on tv? The NCAA really does itself a disservice by not asking ESPN to do that. Instead, ESPNU is currently set to have the 1000th re-run of the 30 for 30 “I hate Christian Laettner” (and really, who doesn’t?). Why can’t they show NCAA Championships live, instead?

  11. GEr says:

    The results link lists the start time as 6pm but the live stream link says 7pm. Which is correct?

  12. Hugh says:

    any links for watching the swimming?
    and also does it start in 50 mins?

  13. Dudeman says:

    Let’s hope Dressel can break his streak of “xx.00” times and go 17.99 tonight

  14. DresselFan6 says:

    Hot take: 17.6 IF NOT LOWER. Have a feeling Baeleb’s been saving something really special.

  15. Pvdh says:

    16.99 Dressel

  16. Phelps swims 200 breast rio says:

    C’mon Texas! Go Longhorns! Hook’ em!!

  17. Jared Anderson says:

    Only 509 comments this morning? We can do better, guys. Send in those comments – do it for the 17!

  18. YungSeli says:

    This is Seliskar’s year. 1:39.5 for the win

  19. Friuti says:

    Big boi Remel bout to come in with a stunner of a swim.

  20. Yabo says:

    I feel like if schooling focused more on the 200IM than the fifty free it would help out not just his swimming but probably the Texas team as well especially since they’re pretty weak in that event rn

  21. Bob Glover says:

    What a morning, pumped to watch tonight. Indiana does not have as much swimming depth as the other teams, but makes up for it with diving depth and nice top end swims so far. Texas got some desperately needed diving points this morning. NC State looks great and Cal looks very deep. Stanford looks overall good, has a lot of swims over the next few days.

    Big questions for tonight. Does Texas come out swinging tonight and show what they have? What is NC State’s lineup for the relay? How fast does the 500 get? Can the guys in 9th place hold their spots?

  22. Pvdh says:

    I’m watching this over my Aggies basketball game. Which is CRAZY for me

  23. Easy Speed says:

    Any way to watch outside the US?

  24. Phelps swims 200 breast rio says:

    17.99 or faster! Some of us here were competing when Joe Bottom broke 20 seconds. At the time I never even imagined 18.1! Possible 17.9? How cool is this?! How exciting!

  25. PNW says:

    Abrahm Devine is a force with which to be reckoned

  26. swimfan says:

    Hoping to see yung seli grab a title, been in the mix for a long time now

  27. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Let the Show Begin !!!

  28. 200 SIDESTROKE B CUT says:

    Going to be tough balancing this with basketball. So much action tonight.
    Sister Jean, the twins from Nevada with the manbun, TAMU’s stab at its first Elite 8, Poole’s gnarly buzzer beater…

    (hyperventilating)

  29. Steve Nolan says:

    Two livestream commentators!? LIVESTREAM ANDY GOT A RADIO-VOICED FRIEND.

    Edit – Also, my audio sounds terrible.

  30. Dudeman says:

    ANDY BROUGHT A FRIEND OMG!!!! THIS IS GONNA BE A GREAT NIGHT

  31. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Such a noise going on – thats the sound of Passion ! Love it

  32. 1anda2 says:

    We have a 2 man announce crew! Cranking it up.

  33. asdf says:

    anyone have tips on how to make the live stream not be a black screen. thanks

  34. wethorn says:

    Is the video really dark for you guys? I can barely see anything.

  35. DrSwimPhil says:

    It’s 2018, and we’re still having to settle for an online stream that looks like it’s on grandma’s flip-phone

  36. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    that 200 free relay is so impressive to watch – love those water splashes firing from all lanes

  37. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Caeleb is leading tonight – watch out !!!

  38. Steve Nolan says:

    aw baeleb leadin’ off

  39. Caeleb Dressel Will Win 8 Gold Medals in Tokyo says:

    MOTHER OF GOD

  40. wild Bill says:

    17.8!

  41. Caeleb Dressel Will Win 8 Gold Medals in Tokyo says:

    I got dislikes for saying Dressel will go 17

  42. pvdh says:

    HE DID IT HE DID IT 17.81 OH MY LORD

  43. OAC says:

    Why can’t they have a clock on the screen??? Argh

  44. Steve Nolan says:

    someone tell that guy to put his phone down

  45. pvdh says:

    FLORIDA WINS. CAELEB GETS A RELAY GOLD

  46. DrSwimPhil says:

    And the internet is about to break

  47. Steve Nolan says:

    Michael Jensen was movin’

  48. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Holy Crap : 17.8 for Caeleb and what a fantastic battle : Florida for the win !!!! Jeahhhh

  49. PVSFree says:

    Oh my god and he swims it later tonight

  50. wild Bill says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

  51. marklewis says:

    Dressel’s first lap was astounding. The dive and turn were Superhuman.

  52. Sccoach says:

    I just barfed

  53. Zanna says:

    Oh snap!! 17.81!! Florida wins! Is that Dressel’s 1st relay title?

  54. Double Arm Freestyle says:

    CAELEB DRESSEL AKDJDBSIHEVSNDBD

  55. Dsmswimmer says:

    Stupid. Just Stupid

  56. run-dmc says:

    Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1781!

  57. SwimGeek says:

    17,81 wow. Held 18.56. Ress 18.31 split

  58. pvdh says:

    I think Caeleb was happier getting the relay win rather than the 17.81. SHows the kinda guy he is

  59. Farris Wheel says:

    Anyone else rather see 50 splits than 25s on board? Interesting, but not easy to see splits quickly.

  60. Joel Lin says:

    I can’t believe what I just saw.

  61. PVSFree says:

    Alright now we can start talking about it… When are we going to see a 16?

    • tammy touchpad error says:

      It only took 13 years from 18 to 17… so 2031? Although 18 to 17 took far less time than 19 to 18 so maybe sooner?

  62. Bearly Breathing says:

    18.36 split from Hoffer. Looks like he showed up.
    Hope Cal has enough to pull this off.

  63. Aquajosh says:

    YESSSSS! Get it, Gators!

  64. pvdh says:

    Schooling reportedly just did a 17.71 in the warm up pool

  65. joe says:

    What a race. I thought NC State would win for sure with Molacek and Stewart. Hoffer and Jensen both had really solid splits too, stepped up big time.

  66. wild Bill says:

    17.81! YES! – I just knew it when he flipped at 8.5 –

    If you are going to break a barrier – really smash it! – like Blake did to the 1:30 barrier last night – 1:29.63

    17.81 – how fast on the 100?

    Remember my dream post earlier – three barriers – 18, 40 & 43

    1 down & 2 to go!

    WOW!

  67. running start to touch backstroke flags says:

    I am not blessed to have seen that. I saw that with scientific reality.. my raw senses are all that are needed to process 17.8, though I have Synesthesia now…

    Dressel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • tammy touchpad error says:

      You’re a fool. Being blessed doesn’t have to be directly tied to religion or Christianity. You should feel blessed that you your’s was the sprem cell that made it and Dressel’s was as well and that your eyes function well enough to watch an 17.81 Holy Isht!!!

      • running start to touch backstroke flags says:

        I have a deep, personal relationship with…. reality! Cry somewhere else…

        • carlo says:

          Caeleb dressel is actually a deeply religious guy. He like tattooed bible verses in his body.

          Ryan Murphy is a huge Catholic. Katie ledecky is also a very serious catholic

        • EX QUAKER says:

          Do you have a deep personal relationship with condescension too?

        • #MFan says:

          the irony is that since God is existence itself… he actually is reality… and we exist because he gives himself away… but I digress… back to Caeleb Dressel

  68. thezwimmer says:

    Hoffer not bad at 18.3

  69. Hint of Lime says:

    18.36 split from Hoffer

  70. Bub says:

    Unreal. No words

  71. Back2Back says:

    FLAT START 17.81! “That’s going to leave a mark…”
    https://y.yarn.co/3af01c9f-ed7a-4005-9e37-2275bd52289f.mp4?1521760406602

  72. pvdh says:

    ok Caeleb, break the internet. 17.76 in the 50 free final

  73. joe says:

    Also this shows you how fast the Auburn 2007 team was (before the rubber suits) – they would have placed 4th tonight and been .3 off first.

  74. Bob Glover says:

    This meet is just off the hook

  75. Zanna says:

    Why can’t they show the awards ceremonies.

  76. swimfan says:

    I’ve been thinking lynch is capable of an 18.8 wanted to see him do it here, I believe they would have won if he did so

  77. wild Bill says:

    Had to re-watch – Crazy! 17.81!

  78. FirstTimeCaller says:

    And pretty soon we’ll all be fantasizing about 16 second relay splits

  79. Taa says:

    They should bottle the water from Dressel’s lane and sell it as a commemorative item.

  80. Sophie says:

    John Shebat: 18.72 I hope that means he’s back!

  81. thezwimmer says:

    why do they not show the pool?

  82. Aquajosh says:

    That 18.5 split by Switkowski was CLUTCH. Jan did not come to play!

  83. wethorn says:

    DISLIKE the video coverage that’s now showing the rotating NCAA bubble instead of the excitement on deck. NCAA fail.

  84. Steve Nolan says:

    New Radiovoice Commentary Man just questioned Dressel’s stamina to come back and do that again.

    HE’S REAL BAD; WE ONLY WANT LIVESTREAM ANDY.

  85. Mclovin96 says:

    Now I begin to understand why Dressel didnt look very excited about his 18.11 this morning..
    He has destroyed the 18″ barrier, and its ony the beginning!!!!

  86. Hint of Lime says:

    Typo in the article: Cal went 1:14.56 in finals for third. You have their prelims time (1:15) listed.

  87. PVSFree says:

    Haha Yeadon shaking his head at Acosta’s celebration

  88. CraigH says:

    Acosta a little aggro with the water and chest slaps at the end there.

  89. pvdh says:

    the difference (for now) between 1 and 2 all time in the 50 free is 0.66 seconds. In the 100 its 0.76 seconds

  90. 40 Flat says:

    I have never seen anyone so excited for 9th place

  91. Mclovin96 says:

    Farris behind the stands:
    I taught him well… maybe too well

  92. PVSFree says:

    Felix Aufboeck has such a weird stroke

  93. Zanna says:

    Haas wins the 500 free.

  94. Steve Nolan says:

    Jeez, Haas saved his only good turn for the last one.

  95. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Great win for Haas – super consistency all though that race !

  96. pvdh says:

    “Haas had a better underwater” – 5 words that have never been spoken together until now

  97. Sophie says:

    Did anyone else notice Shoult’s underwaters there? He went past halfway on like 3 walls or something and that’s it, but they made up so much ground.

  98. Swimming Fan says:

    Smart race by Haas.

  99. Hint of Lime says:

    Bummer, Grieshop added nearly 3 seconds tonight

    • Bearly Breathing says:

      True but he’s still a freshman and already lowered his PB so much this season. Hard to be too disappointed.

  100. marklewis says:

    Townley Haas led from the gun and held off Auboeck and Ipsen.. He wasn’t going to let anyone pass him.

    Showed his competitive spirit.

  101. run-dmc says:

    Caeleb Dressel: The Fullness of Swimming

  102. DrSwimPhil says:

    and now with the “technical difficulties”…awesome..

  103. joe says:

    Notable: NC State with the American record on the 200 free relay.

  104. MTK says:

    So after seeing 17.81, I’m now left asking: could Dressel go sub 20.00 in SCM? I’ve wanted to see him swim SCM for a while now, and maybe that can happen later this year.

    • DDias says:

      19.99 would be AWESOME!In my opinion, I think Florent 22.22 in SCM 50back WR is more impressive than his 20.2 50free WR.

      • MTK says:

        Honestly, using 11.5% conversion from SCY to SCM (which is what I usually use as a gauge – I’m Canadian, so grew up swimming in meters only), Dressel’s 17.63 converts to 19.66. That might be a little bit too fast, but three tenths of a second is a lot of wiggle room to still smash the WR and break 20.

  105. joe says:

    Also GTFO with the technical difficulties!

  106. Back2Back says:

    TEXAS FIGHT! Towley and Sam bring it!.

  107. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Technical Difficulties just before the 200 IM ! Grrrrrrrr , come on guys , do something

  108. swim4fun says:

    TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES PRESENTED BY Auto-Owner Insurance LOL

  109. wild Bill says:

    Simple math getting crazy –

    40.00 & 18.23 last year

    18.23 – 17.81 = .42

    40.00 – .42 = 39.58

    Comments / thoughts

    1 barrier down (18.00) with two to go (100 Fly – 43.00 & 100 free – 40.00).

  110. PVSFree says:

    Texas at 95 points after the 500, NC State at 90 while Cal is in 6th at 62… This is going to be a fun meet

  111. wonkabar23 says:

    who has the second fastest time in the 50 free now? Was that Ryan Held 18.5 the fastest non-Dressel swim

  112. SwimGeek says:

    Maybe if Dressel went to a “sprint school” he could have really been something. . .

  113. Sophie says:

    Josa died a little on the freestyle, but he had such a huge lead after that breaststroke! Too bad for Gonzales though. I wish he’d peaked here at NCAAs rather than SECs.

  114. Sophie says:

    I don’t think anyone expected Switkowski to win that! Wow. Good for him!

  115. Zanna says:

    1-3 for Florida! 200IM

  116. Zanna says:

    1-2 for Florida. 200IM

  117. paloozas says:

    wow switkowski – 1:39.54!!!

  118. Steve Nolan says:

    Multiple 1:39s is pretty good.

  119. joe says:

    Bummed for Seliskar. Super fast field though – two under 1:40 and six under 1:41

  120. Zanna says:

    Seliskar only managed 5th.

  121. DrSwimPhil says:

    Side note: in the future, can SwimSwam implement a comments section that refreshes in real-time as comments come in, rather than having to refresh and scroll to get to the new comments?

    • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

      its been like that for a few years now – I can concur with your sentiment . its a lot of energy lost in the refreshments of that main comment page – Its even more crazy at World Champs and Olympics

      • Steve Nolan says:

        I think those get super hard to go back and look at older comments. Just kinda turns into a ticker.

        But I haven’t seen one of those “liveblog” type comment sections in like 10 years.

    • iLikePsych says:

      Until then, I usually just sort by newest comment

    • DDias says:

      DrSwimPhil,
      It can be done, but you have to put in we have a lot of spectators at the big meetings like that.Without proper tuning, the server can be a pain.

  122. JJJ says:

    Holy crap 1:40.69 gets 5th this year, crazy…

  123. pvdh says:

    Florida is having their day

  124. Aquajosh says:

    JAN DID NOT COME TO PLAY!

  125. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Florida Again !!! Wow Switkowski 1st with 1.39.54 and Szaranek for third

  126. PVSFree says:

    NC State – 107 for 1st, Florida – 106 for 2nd. This is crazy

  127. SwimGeek says:

    What an IM group for UF: 138.1, 139.5, 140.27

  128. Zanna says:

    Florida 1-3. Good night for them

  129. marklewis says:

    Switkowski pulls ahead in the breast and free to win for Florida.

    Big time drop for him. Maybe kind of an upset win.

  130. CraigH says:

    Finnerty has a habit of giving up when the swim doesn’t go his way, doesn’t he?

  131. SwimGeek says:

    BTW – is there any doubt that Dressel would have gone 1:37 in that race? The night he went 138.1, he “only” went 18.6 50 free. He might have gone 1:37-low IM. We’re kind of getting robbed only seeing CD do 3 events! I wish he had done IM, fly and breast individually and led off all 3 free relays!

    • Sonny says:

      maybe even 1:36. wouldn’t put it past him at this point.

      • SwimGeek says:

        I actually agree, but it sounds so absurd to say it that I didn’t go there

      • Dee says:

        To be honest, I’d expect a 1.36 if his LC potential in the event is a big as a lot of people who know more than me about SCY swimming seem to think. He would need to be more than 3s clear of Switkowski/Vazaios/Szaranak on a 200IM if he was genuinely looking at being 1.53/1.54 in a LC pool – In my opinion.

    • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

      wait for this summer ……the best is yet to come

    • Silent Observer says:

      He wanted the never done 4-peat though. That is right up there in impressive claims!

    • wild Bill says:

      and these comments were before his 17.63 –

      at best I was hoping for a 17.7 –

      Incredible evening – and we are not done yet.

      Enjoy!

  132. SVIRD says:

    Multiple sub 1:40s and Dressel not even swimming it. Insanity.

  133. Teddy says:

    Dressel is gonna get paid when he goes pro

  134. Zanna says:

    SwimSwam, whenever I try posting a comment with a certain Gator college name, my comments awaits moderation. That’s weird. Otherwise it will be fine.

  135. DrSwimPhil says:

    Just about every person in the A and B 200IM finals each spent 100+yds underwater

  136. pvdh says:

    Caeleb’s getting Sportscenter tweeting him out. They are starting to know he’s coming. Hes gonna get insane sponsorships…hopefully changing the paradigm for swimming

  137. running start to touch backstroke flags says:

    Commenting is stellar today. Very knowledgeable… and up to date..

  138. Sccoach says:

    Can someone slap the Cal fan upside the head that needs to have his arms blocking the camera on every start

  139. Steve Nolan says:

    HERE COMES DEEEEEEAAAAAAN.

  140. pvdh says:

    Dean 17.80

  141. marklewis says:

    B final in the 500 free is kind of loaded. Some big names in the consolation final.

  142. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Dean for the win …… he is build like a tank jeezzz

  143. Steve Nolan says:

    Dean gets on the blocks when he wants to get on the blocks. (And for that race it was incredibly early.)

  144. pvdh says:

    Schooling didnt even get top 3 in the B-Final

  145. CraigH says:

    What is up with all of the NC State swimmers and their little red doping patches on their chests?

  146. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    READY ???

  147. PASWIM says:

    Joe… Yikes

  148. DrSwimPhil says:

    Someone dropping the ball with the NCAA/American/USOpen record on the scoreboard pre-50…

  149. Caeleb Dressel Will Win 8 Gold Medals in Tokyo says:

    I quit life

  150. Sophie says:

    17.63!

  151. Zanna says:

    17.63!! oh myyyyy

  152. Tm71 says:

    17.63 !!!

  153. pvdh says:

    Im freaking done. How the hell

  154. marklewis says:

    17.63 – OMG

  155. 200 SIDESTROKE B CUT says:

    Dressel just swam.
    I’m vomiting out of every orifice.

  156. KSchwim says:

    17.63!!!!!! Dressel has officially redefined sprinting

  157. wild Bill says:

    17.63! Dressel!

  158. Steve Nolan says:

    He won by over a second. Holy moly.

  159. joe says:

    He just won the 50 free at NCAAs by OVER A SECOND

  160. caeleb dressel is not from this world says:

    oh my

  161. pvdh says:

    Im vomiting out of my left pinky toe

  162. KTHW says:

    Dressel wins the 50 by over a second…..

    • Tm71 says:

      Haven’t seen anything in my life in a spring beats even usain bolt’s two meter chest thumping win in the 100 in the Beijing Olympics. Cielo will certainly lose both of his records in long course this summer!

  163. Teddy says:

    17.63!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  164. Caeleb Dressel is god says:

    17.63!

  165. Cbrens says:

    17.63!

  166. PVSFree says:

    I give up. I retire. This sport is pointless. Everything is pointless. Dressel is my lord and savior

  167. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    What to Say else ? Wow 17.63 !! BoumshakalakaBoum

  168. Steve Nolan says:

    How the hell did he drop almost SIX TENTHS in a year. Jesus, he’s going 38.

  169. pvdh says:

    39? No. 38.

  170. wild Bill says:

    Wow! – I was hoping for something like a 17.7 –

    when he flipped at 8.48 I knew he was going to break the record –

    Amazing!

  171. Teddy says:

    38.9 is coming!!!

  172. Dee says:

    A quick scroll through the names behind Dressel on the SCY 50FR all-time lists is all you need to look at to appreciate that swim. Fantastically impressive.

  173. Steve Nolan says:

    idk what he’s gonna swim on the medley relay but i hope it’s backstroke and he goes a 42.

  174. M Palota says:

    Man, I feel old. I remember when Joe Bottom broke 20 and we thought that was unbelievable. 17.63… Holy cow. Wow…

  175. PASWIM says:

    I am deceased.

  176. Qtip says:

    Watching Dressel swim the 50 free literally looks like it’s being fastforwarded….

  177. Double Arm Freestyle says:

    17.63 is absolutely otherworldly

  178. MTK says:

    So 8.48-9.15-17.63

    Dressel’s 2nd 25 was basically the same speed as everyone else’s first 25.

  179. PVSFree says:

    So can we unanimously agree that Dressel is the greatest yards swimmer ever?

  180. Provel says:

    This is getting out of hand

  181. pvdh says:

    This summer, hes gonna make guys like Fratus, Kyle Chalmers, Cameron McEvoy, etc…look like theyre going backwards

  182. tammy touchpad error says:

    I don’t understand… How… 18.6, 18.2, 18.2, 17.6??? This defies every logic. What has he done to improve this much? 20.6 Long course anyone? I can’t wrap my mind around it…

    • theroboticrichardsimmons says:

      he’s young for his year, right? only 18 his freshman year when he went 18.6? there are plenty of guys that drop ~1.0 second in the 50 from 18 to 21. but it’s usually from 20.5 to 19.5, not 18.6 to 17.6…

    • wild Bill says:

      Must be doing something special in dry land training and perhaps something new in his diet. Has fast speed and endurance.

    • #MFan says:

      Dressel is part mammal

  183. hdheiwbdjxk says:

    17.6 dressel insane

  184. SVIRD says:

    Is this guy reading swimswam comments realtime? LOLLLL

  185. ALEXANDER POP-OFF says:

    I’m curled up in the corner rocking back and forth: “17.63, Mama. 17.63, Mama.”

  186. Blackflag82 says:

    I was hoping a 17.9…seriously!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. Swimming Fan says:

    You’ll be talking about these Dressel swims for the rest of your lives! Simply historic.

  188. Bobfromtheisland says:

    Dressel really did that. He’s in God mode.

  189. Easy Speed says:

    How

  190. Aquajosh says:

    His second 25 was 9.15. Wow.

  191. running start to touch backstroke flags says:

    6 sub 19:00’s in one heat. SCY produces the worlds best swimmers in LCM

  192. Sccoach says:

    Announcers talking :38, love it.

    I’m scared for Rowdy next couple days, he’s going to lose his s**t

  193. Teddy says:

    He is about to do an insane relay swim now

  194. Hatt says:

    Okay, the last time I got such a wow feeling was 2008 Beijing Phelps.

  195. running start to touch backstroke flags says:

    6 sub 19:00’s in one heat. SCY produces the worlds best swimmers in LCM.

  196. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Why Can’t they show the Podiums ??? this is beyond my comprehension ……..?

  197. Back2Back says:

    Hey NCAA – why can’t we see the Awards?

  198. marklewis says:

    Dressel gets a 4-Peat and wins by a body length in a 50.

    He has re-defined the 50 free. Cool to have seen it because it might be a record that could last for years.

    • Dsmswimmer says:

      Could? Sorry but there’s no heir apparent to 17.63 that we know of yet. It’ll be probably 5-6 years before we *maybe* get someone who looks like they have the talent.

  199. aviatorfly says:

    Wait, it’s the Liberty University timing system. Actual time: 21.3!

  200. SwimGeek says:

    Can we put together a gofundme to pay Dressel to do some TT races on Sunday? 200 free 1:28?

  201. Caleb says:

    NC State going to be leading the team race after Day 1. Don’t think it’ll hold up but that’s a landmark. Have to say, the men’s meet is a little more fun with the team scores bunched up like this.

  202. wild Bill says:

    Dressel is on FIRE!

    Crazy Math updated –

    40.00 & 18.23 last year

    18.23 – 17.63 = .60

    For the 100: 2 x .60 = 1.2

    40.00 – 1.2 = 38.80

    Again from my earlier post: 1 barrier down (18.00) with 2 to go ( 43.00 for the 100 Fly and 40.00 for the 100 Free ).

    Would love to see Dressel swim 100 Breast, 200 IM and 200 Free tapered.

  203. Bruhhh says:

    Has anyone honestly ever won the 50 free by over a second at NCAAs???

  204. Pleasing Performance says:

    Just deleted my x-rated bookmarks and replaced them with a screenshot of these live results. 17.63 baby…that’ll get me every time. Thanks C Drezzy.

  205. Bob says:

    Any ideas of Florida winning the meet? I know there is a lot of emotions running on the pool deck, but who knows anything is possible

    • HulkSwim says:

      Indiana 169
      NC State 165
      Texas 159
      Florida 154
      California 152.5

      It’s gonna be a wild finish, that’s for sure.

  206. DrSwimPhil says:

    Can UF do us all a favor and bag the team goal and let him swim Fr on the 200MR so we can see a 16.9?

  207. Djkebab says:

    Bond prediction: Florida takes 4 medley because dressel splits 49.5 breast

  208. Steve Nolan says:

    I’m having trouble thinking of a funnier name than “Steele Johnson.”

  209. Pvdh says:

    Caeleb took us 40% of the way to a 16 lmao. Not that this record is going for the next decade or two…

    Straight up most impressive thing I’ve ever seen done in a pool.

    • Back2Back says:

      I used to say the Lezak anchor chase down in 2008 was the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen done in a pool – Dressel just matched it!

      • Steve Nolan says:

        eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh I’m gonna still go with Lezak. Without that, Phelps doesn’t win 8 gold medals.

        Oh goodness that’s almost 10 years ago now.

      • Dylab says:

        I don’t know I think the bigger stage still gives Lezak that one for me

        • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

          but maybe this summer , we might change our minds when we will witness ( On Aussie’s Soil ) some amazing swims – like Wr’s or Relay splits that will shock our imagination ….i just sense it coming

  210. Backstroke03 says:

    I do not think there would ever be a worse personality in USA swimming than Lilly King, until this NCAA announcer came along.

  211. outside smoke says:

    hot take (although i think it’s impossible to have a hot take at this point for Dressel): he splits 48+ on the breast leg of the 4MR

  212. Pvdh says:

    Swimswam to Dressel – “hey maybe swim the 200im at NCAAs instead of the 50”

    Dressel to swimswam – “I’m going to show you something beautiful”

  213. Swimmer says:

    Who thinks Schooling will win the 100 fly with Dressel on fire.

  214. joe says:

    You know it’s a good team race when I am watching diving on Day 1

    • Joel Lin says:

      You’re right. This team race is legitimately riveting. We could come to the last relay on Saturday night to decide it.

      I’m watching the diving & listening to the breathless commentary for it. And I very strangely don’t feel the normal self loathing over all that.

  215. ALEXANDER POP-OFF says:

    Everybody buy pampers for Pan Pacs– we’re all gonna crap our pants simultaneously.

    • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

      its gonna be a great meet ….He might even be put on that 800 free relay – would love to see that happening

  216. Skip Thompson says:

    I trying to figure out what Caeleb Dressel third individual event will be in the meet besides the 50 and 100 Free

  217. Philip Johnson says:

    How do you win a 50 in over a second Lol

  218. KSchwim says:

    Diving Update: Dressel deck enters diving; wins by 17pts

  219. Schoolboyz says:

    TAMU yet to post points. Not a good day!

  220. PardonMySwimTake says:

    Hot take: Dressel doesn’t care about his team because he went faster in his individual than the relay

    • Yabo says:

      Umm Troy probs saw something that could be fixed in the relay gave Caeleb advice and then he fixed it in the next race? That’s my guess not that he was slacking on the relay. Also dressel seems to be very aware of what he’s doing in the pool so I’m like 90% sure that’s what happened

  221. Swimmer says:

    When they say March Madness they mean NCAA swimming champs right?

  222. Paul says:

    Meanwhile, Dean Farris ACTUALLY ran down an Olympic Champion and out-touched him

  223. Back2Back says:

    Thanks TEXAS DIVERS! A much needed superb first day with all three scoring (2UP- 1DN)!

    • Buona says:

      I wonder how Eddie feels at this point…

    • Back2Back says:

      BUONA – Eddie feels like he’s been here several times before that’s what. However, from the talk here in Austin – he entered some new territory in tough training this fall and perhaps weeks longer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the best part of this taper is yet to come – just a day later. He always feels thankful for a top shelf diving program to deliver points to the overall team score! Most importantly, all his athletes always know how he FEELS about them as people – he believes in them. That’s what truly separates Texas Longhorn Swimming and Diving in their historic run under him. Fun to read all the doom and gloom on the comments – but they are solidly in the team race with a likely 66 point buffer from their divers yet to be scored on most swimming psych sheets.

  224. Steve Nolan says:

    Best way to get me invested in diving is to play a-ha.

    taaaaaaaaaaaake ooooooooooooon meeeeeeeeee

  225. Steve Nolan says:

    BAAAAAAAAAAAELEB DOIN BREASTSTROKE

  226. 200 SIDESTROKE B CUT says:

    This evening has been riveting enough.
    Now hearing them play A-Ha’s “Take on Me” on the pool deck = Life complete.

  227. pvdh says:

    48 breast split from Caeleb. Up yes, Down no

  228. 200 SIDESTROKE B CUT says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are likely going to have the Top 5 teams separated by <15 points after Day 2 of swimming.

  229. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Finally a full podium _ they heard my call , thanks guys

  230. Buona says:

    Pretty embarrassing for Texas to swim the B final instead of A final.

  231. carlo says:

    Caeleb dressel 17.63!!!
    Crazy. I really want to see go build endurance and swim the 200 free and 400 IM before 2020. He might actually get bored and give it a try.

  232. paloozas says:

    wow texas in 1st after diving…indiana in 3rd too

  233. Back2Back says:

    Team standings through Diving:
    1. Texas 141
    2. NC State 131
    3. Indiana 129
    4. Florida 126
    5. California 122.5

  234. pvdh says:

    Breaking News – The United States Department of Defense has classified Caeleb Dressel as an advanced weapon of warfare

  235. Swimgeek says:

    Gregg Troy:
    “Ok Caeleb, I’d like you to descend your 3 flat-start 50/ today . . .”

  236. paloozas says:

    shaaaaaa-bat

  237. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Finally the Big Final Medley relay – curious to see how this one will turn out …..Florida must be pumped up as well as Indiana

  238. paloozas says:

    austin katz doing backstroke?

  239. thanks divers says:

    with a ho-hum day so far, Texas is still in 1st

  240. Sophie says:

    I think Texas might have just DQed for relay exchange back to breast

  241. PASWIM says:

    Texas back-breast exchange looked waaaaaaaaaaaay early… will be surprised if no dq

  242. Swimmer says:

    Diving is the only thing keeping Texas in this meet. Survival mode.

  243. Silent Observer says:

    I give up!

    This meet is so crazy (good!) that my pickems are shot to hell! I DON’T CARE THOUGH!!! SO MUCH FUN <3

  244. Dsmswimmer says:

    3:03.5. Meh for a Texas team

  245. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Schooling looked much better and Tate Jackson did a great job for the anchor

  246. paloozas says:

    whoof at least texas won this

  247. IRO says:

    Schooling’s spirit is broken.

  248. Pvdh says:

    If Dressel breaks the 100 fly record by as much as he did the 50 free record, percentage wise, he goes a 42.2

  249. Steve Nolan says:

    i have basically no idea what’s going to happen here.

    another florida win? idk maybe. cal? sure. nc state? maybe. indiana? also possible!

  250. Teamwiess says:

    This has been a meet of barriers being broken. SO the next question, can someone like Finnerty take the 100 breast below 50 so all 100’s are faster than 50 seconds before there is the first 100 in the 30s on Sunday??? Seriously this meet has been insane.

  251. Steve Nolan says:

    oh awesome definitely dont wanna see lane 1

  252. Kate says:

    Marry me, Blake

  253. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

    Great relay ! Lanza and Pieroni were fantastic – made the difference on the end !!! Bravo Indiana – they were my pick for the win

  254. KSchwim says:

    Dressel may not be a pure breastroker but his pullouts were the best in the field. Crazy.

    • wild Bill says:

      earlier swims drained him a bit –

      the 100 Fly record will go down tomorrow

      • Sean Sullivan says:

        To me it looked like his breaststroke wasn’t as smooth as it was at SECs, his hips were popping a lot more. I can’t imagine he’s been practicing breaststroke much since then, and I think he wanted to make up the whole gap.

  255. Steve Nolan says:

    Top 5 teams are separated by 16.5 points. Lol.

  256. pirate_swimmer says:

    this is some good swimming huh guys?

  257. joe says:

    Held split a 43.88 in the 100 fly

  258. Zanna says:

    Yes, they showing the award ceremony! Finally

  259. Back2Back says:

    They’re showing an award ceremony – wonder who found that loose wire?

  260. Silent Observer says:

    Jaw…on. the. floor!

  261. OLLIEPOP says:

    dressel back to being human after that breast split

  262. swimsam says:

    does anyone think that Indiana has a good shot at getting the natty? I see big holes in nc state, smaller holes and bad swims in cal and texas? someone’s gotta swoop in.

    full disclosure: nc state alum here

  263. Aquajosh says:

    42.0 for Rooney, that’s not bad. Hopefully he’s getting his mojo back for the 200. Switkowski, showing that HE DID NOT COME TO PLAY, dropping again to a 44.11. Maybe a 1-2 tomorrow?

  264. swimfan says:

    this is the most exciting meet since its inception

  265. Buona says:

    Texas swam faster than the A finalists.. They are still the best, just careless in prelims. Sigh..

  266. Swimmer says:

    When was the last time Texas or Cal didn’t win a relay after day 2?

  267. Hookem says:

    Go longhorns!!!!!

  268. Jordan says:

    “It looks like he is fading…”

    *fake news

  269. Andrew Cely says:

    Hey, Andrew here! (Broadcast Andy’s friend, and no, the irony is not lost on me)

    This evening I got a chance to fill in as a secondary play by play announcer because I have a television background and wanted to help give Andy a break – he’s more than capable of doing this on his own, as he’s proved over the last couple of days, my goal was simply to be the “Dan Hicks,” and help bridge Hardt’s expert analysis, which I hope was serviceable. I’m more than open to any criticism leveled at us, it is certainly part of the business.

    But honestly, thanks for the feedback throughout the meet! We didn’t know the podium wasn’t being shown, but I tried to talk to the right people, and I think we broadcast it for diving and the 400 Medley Relay. That’s just one of many examples of equipment we have to deal with here – our headsets don’t allow us to hear what the audio quality looks like, and we, as voices, don’t have a lot of say in how it’s being broadcast. But if there are things you’d like us to fix and reference over the final couple of days, please, feel free to let us now! Personally, I’m really excited Andy’s gotten this opportunity – he’s been a bedrock of swimming information over the past couple years, and I only hope he and I did a decent enough job tonight as we hand off Finals coverage to the big boys at ESPN.

    (And personally, I’m still coming down from the 17.63)

    Thanks again!

    Andrew

    • Years of Plain Suck says:

      Thanks for the wonderful job both of you are doing. 50 times better than Rowdy Gaines. Love the enthusiasm and information.

      Many people may not fully appreciate the challenges facing you, e.g., no clear line of sight to lane #1, Cal fans standing up in front of you, non-multi-color lane lines (for easier lane indentification), not seeing the monitor, to mention a few.

      Keep up the good work!

    • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

      Great Job guys – i was delighted with the coverage u provided – whatever the technical issues u had to deal with .

    • Roch says:

      Hating on the webcast announcers is basically my job during meets. Y’all are the best I’ve heard outside of the Olympics. You were giving splits, giving history, and keeping us hyped (without getting overly rowdy like some people who shall not be named). I was so grateful you gave us Caeleb’s splits immediately and repeatedly so I could make sure I heard that insanity correctly. Keep it up.

      Room for improvement: not enough Dean Farris tonight.

    • Steve Nolan says:

      You doubted Dressel, that will be on your tombstone. And like, no one played this into the mic during breaks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXvuUp-KY5g

      But otherwise, spot on.

    • Swimcanada says:

      I thought you all were awesome! I think the problem with Rowdy (and I personally like him) is he is doing sports analyzing. He’s speaking to the general population who may or may not have a swimming knowledge and therefore comes across as “captain obvious” to swimming afficianos! You have a great connection with the swimming community, who is the majority of audiences at any meet besides the Olympics. My non swimming friends think Rowdy is a plethora of swimming info. You manage to appeal to both crowds! Cudos!

    • lovethemile says:

      Absolutely love your announcing of the meet. But almost more, I have loved that all the video of the swimmers is OF THE SWIMMERS… that is, not the crowd, not zoomed in on only one swimmer, etc. Just the fullest view possible and just panning back and forth. Not looking forward to the ESPN coverage where there will be lots of zooming in (this makes me seethe).

  270. Dru says:

    Really expected more from dressel on that breast split.. not that he had a bad split, obviously.. but after those 50s

  271. outside smoke says:

    fastest flat start 50 free ever: 17.63
    fastest relay start 50 free ever: 17.71

    that’s wild

    • iLikePsych says:

      Same thing happened last night in the 200 free / 800 free relay, and odds are the 100 free / 400 free relay on Saturday

      • outside smoke says:

        totally agree — I just think it’s extra-crazy in the 50 because of how big a percentage the start/supposed reaction time difference makes up of the race as a whole

  272. HulkSwim says:

    Dressel… SMASHY SMASH MCSMASHERSON SMASHTEIN SMASHMANIA

  273. 50free says:

    In the medley I don’t think Caeleb was tired. I think it was super awkward switching from sprint free mode to breast mode.

    • BKP says:

      It looked like he sped up his stroke a tic, which left him little long on his walls, especially compared to his record setting swim at SECs

  274. Sir Swimsalot says:

    LORDY ya’ll what world are we living in???

  275. Sir Swimsalot says:

    500th comment

  276. PBG says:

    Let’s go Wolfpack ♦️

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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