2021 M. NCAA Day 3 Analysis and Relay Splits: All 16 Texas Swimmers Have Scored

2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
  • Streaming:
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

When we started projecting out how this year’s Cal v. Texas battle would play out (which some of us may have started doing about a year ago), one thing that seemed likely is that this meet really could come down to the Longhorns’ ability to get scoring swims from the bottom half of their roster. Cal clearly had the stronger top half of the roster, with 8-10 guys who seemed likely to score in multiple A-finals, and on paper, Texas seemed to really need the bottom half of the roster, the guys who made not necessarily be seeded to score, to step it up and earn some points.

And so far, that’s exactly what’s happened. As of tonight, every Longhorn swimmer has made at least one final and scored points. Despite Texas’ legendary depth, this isn’t something that has happened in recent history. It didn’t happen any year during their legendary four-peat from 2015-2018, and it didn’t happen when Texas needed it most, two years ago when they lost to Cal by 85 points. Granted, Texas qualified so many men this year that they had to leave guys who were seeded to score at home, so this isn’t exactly shocking, but it still wasn’t guaranteed to happen, given that Texas didn’t really swum lights-out at NCAAs in 2018 or 2019.

After tonights’s 200 medley relay, the Longhorns lead the Bears by 42 points. With Louisville and Florida going 1-2, this marks the first time this meet where Cal or Texas didn’t take the win, and the first time where neither school finished in the top two. Florida freshman Adam Chaney had the fastest backstroke split of the night with a 20.55. Ohio State’s Hudson McDaniel split 22.70 on breast, which appears to be the 5th-fastest split ever, and he was closely followed by Michigan’s Will Chan at 22.71. The fastest fly split came from Pitt’s Blaise Vera, who blistered a 19.52, the 3rd-fastest split ever, although the Panthers still ended up outside of scoring at 20th. Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger continued his strong week with a 18.37 anchor leg, the fastest free split of the night.

Quick Hits:

  • We predicted Florida to finish 3rd in our final set of power rankings, but even given that, they are still looking very sharp, especially when guys like Kieran Smith were pretty open about having fully tapered for SECs. They’re not going to push Cal or Texas, but they’ve got an 84 point lead over Georgia with one day to go, and barring a very strange catastrophe, they’re locked into 3rd. They joined Cal and Texas with putting some into every A-final, except the 100 back, where Adam Chaney‘s winning time of 44.74 in the B-final would’ve put him 5th in the A-final. While we expected Smith and Bobby Finke to still do well here, it’s guys like Chaney, Dillon Hillis, and Eric Friese who have really been coming up big.
  • Ohio State had a tough relay DQ last night in the 400 medley relay after initially touching in a time that would’ve placed them about 6th. But the Buckeyes bounced back tonight in a big way, taking 4th in 200 medley relay tonight with a time of 1:22.49 that set a new school record.
  • Day 3 saw some very strong consolation finals, as in four of the five events, the B-final winner would’ve finished 5th or better in the A-final, with the 100 fly being the only exception.
  • We noted that both the ACC and Big Ten Championship meets had some crazy fast 100 breast finals, and the two conferences ended up accounting for ten of the 16 finals spots tonight (five each), and that’s after Northwestern’s Kevin Houseman had to scratch out due to health reasons. In 2019, the Big Ten had four swimmers score in this event, and the ACC only one.
  • UVA keeps using freshman sprint free star Matt Brownstead in some interesting ways on relays. Wednesday, he led off the Cavaliers’ 800 free with relay with a 1:33.16, knocking three seconds off of his lifetime best after not swimming that relay at ACCs. Tonight, UVA moved him from anchor to leadoff on the 200 medley, and he responded by going 21.3, half a second faster than UVA got from Will Cole at ACCs. It worked out, as August Lamb split 18.6 on freestyle again, and Virginia set a school record with a 1:23.26, although the Cavaliers were playing with fire with a combined reaction time of just 0.08s.
  • It’s a similar story for the Georgia Bulldogs, who are making some unorthodox relay swaps of their own. Yesterday, we noted that they had moved backstroker Javier Acevedo to freestyle on the 400 medley relay. Tonight, Acevedo continued his medley relay rotation by swimming breast. With the 50 breast arguably being more about underwaters and sprint ability, that’s not unheard of — Texas notably used both John Murry and Joseph Schooling on the breast leg for this relay — but it’s still relatively rare. And it worked again, as the Bulldogs knocked over half second off of their seed time to take 7th with a 1:23.07, also setting a school record.
  • Currently, 10 teams have at least 100 points. In 2019, only 11 teams got past that mark all meet. And that’s despite Cal and Texas eating up a disproportionate number of points at the very top. We’ll do a fuller analysis after the meet is over, but right now, that seems to indicate that there’s a sharper break between the top ten or so schools and the rest of the NCAA than there was in 2019, when less than 50 points separated 11th from 21st, and only 18 points separated 13th from 20th.
  • With one night to go, here’s a quick breakdown of the current top ten teams by conference:
    • ACC – 3
    • Big 10 – 2
    • Big 12 – 1
    • Pac-12 – 1
    • SEC – 3

Relay Splits

Back

Team Swimmer Time
Florida Adam Chaney 20.55
NC State Kacper Stokowski 20.61
Texas A&M Shaine Casas 20.67
Louisville MItchell Whyte 20.72
Ohio State Hunter Armstrong 20.75
Cal Daniel Carr 20.79
Texas Chris Staka 20.98
Alabama Matthew Menke 20.98
Georgia Luca Urlando 21.07
Indiana Brendan Burns 21.15
Florida State Mason Herbert 21.30
Georgia Tech Kyle Barone 21.33
Virginia Matt Brownstead 21.33
Missouri Jack Dahlgren 21.39
UNC Tucker Burhans 21.43
Michigan Wyatt Davis 21.45
Arizona Ogi Maric 21.45
Virginia Tech Forest Webb 21.48
Utah Andrei Ungur 21.49
Penn State Will Roberson 21.55
Tennessee Micah Chambers 21.76
Pitt Stephen Hopta 21.79
Purdue Michael Juengel 22.07

Breast

Team Swimmer Time
Ohio State Hudson McDaniel 22.70
Michigan Will Chan 22.71
Louisville Evgenii Somov 22.87
Tennessee Michael Houlie 23.06
Texas Caspar Corbeau 23.10
Indiana Zane Backes 23.11
Virginia Keefer Barnum 23.11
Florida State Izzak Bastian 23.20
Purdue Trent Pellini 23.23
Florida Dillon Hillis 23.33
Utah Andrew Britton 23.35
Texas A&M Tanner Olson 23.36
Georgia Javier Acevedo 23.40
Virginia Tech Carles Coll Marti 23.50
Pitt Cooper Van Der Laan 23.51
Cal Reece Whitley 23.57
Georgia Tech Caio Pumputis 23.62
Missouri Ben Patton 23.69
UNC Valdas Abaliksta 23.69
Alabama Derek Maas 23.79
Arizona Ryan Foote 23.81
NC State Rafal Kusto 23.9
Penn State Daniel Raisanen 24.09

Fly

Team Swimmer Time
Pitt Blaise Vera 19.52
Cal Ryan Hoffer 19.70
Texas Alvin JIang 19.84
Virginia Tech Antani Ivanov 19.86
Florida Eric Friese 19.87
Georgia Camden Murphy 19.97
Alabama Colston Stogner 20.04
Missouri Danny Kovac 20.06
Louisville Nick Albiero 20.07
Georgia Tech Christain Ferraro 20.13
Indiana Tomer Frankel 20.15
Michigan River Wright 20.16
Utah Cooper Derek 20.18
Virginia Max Edwards 20.19
UNC Boyd Poelke 20.22
NC State Luke Sobolewski 20.29
Florida State Max McCusker 20.32
Ohio State Justin Fleagle 20.37
Texas A&M Jace Brown 20.49
Tennessee Kayky Mota 20.54
Arizona Noah Reid 20.61
Penn State Jake Houck 20.61
Purdue Ryan Hrosik 20.89

Free

Team Swimmer Time
Cal Bjorn Seeliger 18.37
Louisville Haridi Sameh 18.45
Michigan Gus Borges 18.49
Purdue Nikola Acin 18.61
Georgia Dillon Downing 18.63
Virginia August Lamb 18.64
Texas Daniel Krueger 18.64
Florida Will Davis 18.66
Ohio State Semeude Andreis 18.67
NC State Giovanni Izzo 18.77
Tennessee Scott Scanlon 18.83
Texas A&M Mark Theall 18.93
Alabama Matt King 18.94
Penn State Gabe Castano 18.97
Florida State Peter Varjasi 19.00
Virginia Tech Tommy Hallock 19.05
UNC Jack Messenger 19.12
Utah Finn O’Haimhirgin 19.13
Arizona Marin Ercegovic 19.15
Indiana Jack Franzman 19.27
Georgia Tech Austin Daniel 19.27
Missouri Kyle Leach 19.42
Pitt Szymon Pytlarczyk 19.83

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Horninco
6 months ago

All 16 Texas swimmers have scored. They left 4-5 guys at home that would have scored.

And there are people that want Texas to stop giving scholarships to divers and RECRUIT MORE SWIMMERS.

Ya’ll….think that through.

Swimmer
Reply to  Horninco
6 months ago

Divers will decide the meet. Recruit more divers

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

It’s entirely foolish not to recruit divers. You’d almost have to be trying not to win.

cbswims
Reply to  Right Dude Here
6 months ago

Right? Can you imagine a team saying ‘eh, we aren’t going to worry about recruiting breaststroke swimmers’

Bevo
Reply to  cbswims
6 months ago

How about building 10 meter platforms to go with 1 and 3 meter boards and not scoring reasonably well at conference and national levels? Getting by in dual meets used to be OK, but when you get the same points for half the head count, you have to change the mindset. Look at what North Carolina and Miami have with diving points!

NC Fan
Reply to  Bevo
6 months ago

And UNC doesn’t have a 10 meter and they and NC State both have to make the hour / 90 min drive to Greensboro weekly for 10M practice.

Former Big10
Reply to  Right Dude Here
6 months ago

Cal salt towards diving is laughable. Not like Eddie has used the same team formula the last… 50 years…

Stewie
Reply to  Former Big10
6 months ago

And as I wrote on another thread.. it’s not like Cal didn’t build a new 50 meter pool complete with a diving tower a couple years ago…

Swimmer2
6 months ago

I think the 200 back will decide for cal, if they can go 4 or 5 in the a final they’ll be in it, if too many miss it won’t be enough

Hot Diggity Dog
Reply to  Swimmer2
6 months ago

The 200 back and then also Bjorns 100 free and Hugo’s 200 breast could be game changers. Both are seeded outside of scoring but could both be top 8 or better

JimSwim22
6 months ago

I love that they had a total reaction time of 0.08! Awesome

Sink or Swim
6 months ago

Is there somewhere the public can see the relay exchange reaction times? Cal seemed very conservative on the first two exchanges in the 200 medley relay.

Last edited 6 months ago by Sink or Swim
Right Dude Here
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
6 months ago

Yes. The live results in the yellow page have them. There was one Ohio State exchange I thought was sus, but the machine says it was +0.02, and who am I to dispute.

Sink or Swim
Reply to  Sink or Swim
6 months ago

I’ll answer my own question – I didn’t realize the reaction times are there with the results. I guess Cal wasn’t that conservative. 0.56 total seconds exchange seems pretty average.

Aquajosh
6 months ago

Interesting to note that Florida has finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in relays, and they have zero seniors on any of them. They only have one senior at the meet (Clark Beach, who has a good shot at scoring in the 200 back).

Alo
6 months ago

This is clearly only happening because losing the Ivy league has caused a massive drop in parity

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Alo
6 months ago

You’re not wrong but it wouldn’t affect the team title. As it stands Cal and Texas will both approach 500 points. I could be wrong, but I don’t think there has ever been a losing team with 500+ points.

Perhaps with greater parity, it wouldn’t be so pronounced, but they would still be the top two teams.

Ghost
6 months ago

Unless meet is in Austin, then they lose