2021 Men’s NCAA Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


  • 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

After holding the lead during the first two days of competitions, the Cal Bears will have to fend off the Texas Longhhorns after their massive morning that reeled in 10 up 4 down swims. On the slate for tonight will be the finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving, and 200 medley relay. Top seeds for tonight include Texas’ Carson Foster (400 IM), Cal’s Ryan Hoffer (100 FL), Texas’ Drew Kibler (200 FR), Minnesota’s Max McHugh (100 BR), and Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas (100 BK). Indiana’s Andrew Capobianco took the top prelims spot on the 3-meter diving event with 449.35 points.

Topping off the night will be the fastest-seeded 200 medley relay heat featuring Florida, Cal, Louisville, and Michigan.


  1. Cal 230
  2. Texas 203
  3. Florida 161
  4. Georgia 116
  5. Texas A&M 88
  6. NC State 87
  7. Indiana 84
  8. Louisville 64
  9. Michigan 63
  10. Virginia 56
  11. Arizona 51
  12. Stanford/Mizzou 42
  13. (tie)
  14. Virginia Tech 39
  15. Alabama 38
  16. Ohio State/Purdue 28
  17. (tie)
  18. LSU 23
  19. Miami 19
  20. Florida State 18.5
  21. Georgia Tech 14
  22. Pittsburgh 12
  23. Kentucky/Notre Dame 9
  24. (tie)
  25. Penn State 8
  26. Tennessee 6
  27. Wisconsin 5
  28. UNC 4
  29. Utah 2.5


  • NCAA Record: Chase Kalisz (Georgia), 3:33.42 — 2017
  • American Record: Chase Kalisz (Georgia), 3:33.42 — 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: Chase Kalisz (Georgia), 3:33.42 — 2017
  • Meet Record: Chase Kalisz (Georgia), 3:33.42 — 2017
  • Pool Record: Carson Foster (Texas), 3:37.79 — 2021
  • 2019 Champion: Abrahm DeVine (Stanford), 3:36.41
  • 2020 Top Performer: Hugo Gonzalez (Cal), 3:36.60

Top 3:

  1. Bobby Finke (Florida)- 3:36.90
  2. Carson Foster (Texas)- 3:38.25
  3. Sean Grieshop (Cal)- 3:38.73

Dropping five seconds from this morning to win the B-final was Cal junior Hugo Gonzalez, nailing a solid swim of 3:36.73. That takes down the Greensboro pool record from this morning. Virginia junior Casey Storch touched out Notre Dame sophomore Jack Hoagland by two-tenths for second in the consolation final. At the conclusion of the championship final, Gonzalez’s time would have won the 2021 title.

Into the championship final, freshman Carson Foster flexed his front-half skills with a 1:44.08 fly/back to hold a body-length lead over the field. Foster would continue to hold on to that lead until Florida junior Bobby Finke hit the freestyle. Finke brought his last 50 free home in a mind-boggling 23.83 to quickly pass Foster on the last turn, repeating his 2019 US National title performance when he did the same move on Foster.

Finke touched in with a time of 3:36.90, good enough for the NCAA title yet not the fastest time of the day. Foster settled for second place at 3:38.25, gaining from his morning swim of 3:37.79. Finke’s 400 IM tonight is the 19th-fastest performance in history, as well as sealing his name as the 12th-fastest performer all-time and the 10th-fastest US performer all-time.

Placing third was 2019 NCAA runner-up Sean Grieshop of Cal, hitting 3:38.73, more than a second off his lifetime best of 3:37.03. Arizona’s David Schlicht also broke 3:40 with his fourth place time of 3:39.89.

Along with Foster, the Texas Longhorns had a big point snag thanks to Jake Foster in 5th, Braden Vines in 6th, and David Johnston in 8th. This now puts the Longhorns ahead of the Cal Bears by 3 points, leading 258-255.


  • NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 42.80 – 2018
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 42.80 – 2018
  • U.S. Open Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 42.80 – 2018
  • Meet Record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 42.80 – 2018
  • Pool Record: Ryan Hoffer (Cal), 44.24 — 2021
  • 2019 Champion: Vini Lanza (Indiana), 44.37
  • 2020 Top Performer: Maxime Rooney (Texas)/Nicolas Albiero (Louisville), 44.83

Top 3:

  1. Ryan Hoffer (Cal)- 44.25
  2. Nicolas Albiero (Louisville)- 44.32
  3. Camden Murphy (Georgia)- 44.42

Last night’s 50 free winner, Cal’s Ryan Hoffer, was first to the wall at the halfway mark at 20.52. However, massively talented closers crept up on Hoffer into the final 25. Hoffer was able to hold on to take his first NCAA 100 fly title at 44.25, gaining 0.01s from his swim this morning. One of the best closers in the field, Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero, slid in for 2021 runner-up with his time of 44.32. Albiero is now the 5th-fastest US performer and tied as the 6th-fastest performer in history.

Hitting third place with a lifetime best was Georgia senior Camden Murphy, whose time of 44.42 moves him up to #11 all-time and #7 in US history. Texas senior Alvin Jiang placed fourth at 44.50, making him 9th in US history.

Winning the B-final was Indiana’s Tomer Frankel at 45.23, just 0.03s ahead of Texas’ Sam Pomajevich (45.26).


  • NCAA Record: Dean Farris, Harvard (2019) – 1:29.15
  • American Record: Dean Farris, Harvard (2019) – 1:29.15
  • U.S. Open Record: Dean Farris, Harvard (2019) – 1:29.15
  • Meet Record: Dean Farris, Harvard (2019) – 1:29.15
  • Pool Record: Kieran Smith, Florida (2021) – 1:29.66
  • 2019 Champion: Andrew Seliskar, Cal – 1:30.14
  • 2020 Top Performer: Kieran Smith, Florida – 1:30.11

Top 3:

  1. Kieran Smith (Florida)- 1:30.10
  2. Drew Kibler (Texas)- 1:30.39
  3. Trenton Julian (Cal)- 1:31.55

Texas’ Drew Kibler took the early lead at the 100-mark at 43.29, a half-second ahead of Florida’s Kieran Smith (43.79). Into the final turn, Kibler had the slightest advantage over Smith, setting up a dogfight to the wall for the 2021 title. Closing in a 23.16, it was Smith who took over Kibler 1:30.10 to 1:30.39.

After three years and one cancelled championships, junior Smith is finally an NCAA champion. Kibler settled for second at 1:30.39, setting a lifetime best and remaining the 7th-fastest performer in history. Taking third place was Cal senior Trenton Julian, clocking in a 1:31.55.

Texas also picked up A-final points from 4th-place finisher Jake Sannem (1:32.58) and 8th-place finisher Peter Larson (1:33.67).

Winning the B-final was Georgia Tech freshman Baturalp Unlu, hitting the wall at 1:32.60.


  • NCAA Record: Ian Finnerty, Indiana (2018) – 49.69
  • American Record: Ian Finnerty, Indiana (2018) – 49.69
  • U.S. Open Record: Ian Finnerty, Indiana (2018) – 49.69
  • Meet Record: Ian Finnerty, Indiana (2018) – 49.69
  • Pool Record: Max McHugh, Minnesota (2021) – 50.87
  • 2019 Champion: Ian Finnerty, Indiana – 49.85
  • 2020 Top Performer: Max McHughMinnesota – 50.67

Top 3:

  1. Max McHugh (Minnesota)- 50.18 *Pool Record
  2. Dillon Hillis (Florida)- 50.96
  3. Reece Whitley (Cal)- 51.03

Easily leading off the first 50 was Minnesota’s Max McHugh, splitting 23.53. The junior was untouchable during the last 25, winning the 2021 title at 50.18, shaving 0.01s off his lifetime best. McHugh remains the 4th-fastest 100-yard breaststroker in history. Also breaking 51 seconds to take second place was Florida’s Dillon Hillis, whose time of 50.96 makes him the 15th-fastest performer all-time and #13 in US history. Rounding out the top three was Cal’s Reece Whitley at 51.03.

This title for McHugh is a lot more than improving from his third-place finish in 2019 as a freshman. On July 27th, 2019, McHugh and teammate Nick Saulnier suffered injuries in the knee and arm from an unknown shooter. McHugh was back to regular shape by December 2019, making a full recovery from his injury. Two years and a pandemic later, McHugh took down adversity and is now an NCAA champion.

Placing sixth in the A-final was Texas’ Caspar Corbeau, whose entry time, prelims time, and finals time were all 51.62.

Wining the B-final was Tennessee’s Michael Houlie at 51.26. Houlie was the 2018 Youth Olympics champion in the 50-meter breast representing South Africa.


  • NCAA Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 43.49
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 43.49
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 43.49
  • Meet Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 43.49
  • Pool Record: Coleman Stewart, NC State (2020) – 44.04
  • 2019 Champion: Dean Farris, Harvard – 43.66
  • 2020 Top Performer: Coleman Stewart, NC State – 44.04

Top 3:

  1. Shaine Casas (Texas A&M)- 44.20
  2. Kacper Stokowski (NC State)- 44.37
  3. Destin Lasco (Cal)- 44.49

Predictably, Shaine Casas was first at the 50 mark at 21.19, which is off of Murphy’s record pace. Despite not breaking 44 seconds, Casas earned his second NCAA title this weekend, taking the top time at 44.20. Nailing second place with his deadly underwaters was NC State’s Kacper Stokowski at 44.37, moving him up to 10th all-time.

Freshman Destin Lasco of Cal picked up another third place finish with his time of 44.49, again breaking his NCAA freshman record of 44.55 from this morning. Lasco is now tied with Northwestern Olympian Matt Grevers as the 11th-fastest performer all-time, 8th in US history. Taking fourth place was Texas’ Alvin Jiang, whose time of 44.60 ties him with Florida Olympian Ryan Lochte for #11 in US history.

In fifth place was 100 fly runner-up Nicolas Albiero of Louisville, touching in at 44.86. Both Jiang and Albiero swam the 100 fly and 100 back A-finals tonight, with Albiero out-swimming in the 100 fly and Jiang touching out in the 100 back. Adding up their 100s, Jiang’s 44.50 BK and 44.60 FL combine for a 1:29.10 while Albiero’s 44.32 FL and 44.86 BK total 1:29.18.

Winning the consolation final was Florida freshman Adam Chaney (44.74), slicing time from his personal best of 44.99. Chaney’s time now makes him the 15th-fastest US performer in history, passing Worlds runner-up Stanford alum Eugene Godsoe.


  • Meet Record: Samuel Dorman, Miami (2015) – 529.10
  • Pool Record: Nick McCrory, Duke (2014) – 531.00
  • 2021 Prelims Leader: Andrew Capobianco, Indiana – 449.35

Top 3:

  1. Andrew Capobianco (Indiana)- 505.20
  2. Jordan Windle (Texas)- 484.60
  3. Juan Hernandez (LSU)- 452.50

After a stellar final dive, Indiana’s Andrew Capobianco took home the 3-meter title with 505.20 points, just 23.90 points off the NCAA meet record. Capobianco changed his approach to prepare for international competition, allowing him to score more than 90 points on half of his dives to take the win. Taking second place was Texas’ Jordan Windle  with 484.60 points, just 32.10 points ahead of LSU’s Juan Hernandez (452.50).

Texas maintains their lead from the start of the session with 386 points, ahead of Cal (340), Florida (248), Georgia (174), and Indiana (146), heading into the 200 medley relays.


  • NCAA Record: Texas (2017) – 1:21.54
  • American Record: Cal (2018) – 1:21.88
  • U.S. Open Record: Texas (2017) – 1:21.54
  • Meet Record: Texas (2017) – 1:21.54
  • Pool Record: NC State (2019) – 1:22.37
  • 2019 Champion: Alabama, 1:22.26
  • 2020 Top Performer: Cal, 1:22.16

Top 3:

  1. Louisville- 1:22.11 *Pool Record
  2. Florida- 1:22.41
  3. Cal- 1:22.43

In the final heat, Florida freshman Adam Chaney led off in a 20.55 backstroke split, which is the 9th-fastest lead-off all-time. In the same heat, Louisville’s Evgenii Somov came in hot with a 22.87 breast split, the 13th-fastest split all-time, to put the Cardinals in the lead. Senior Nicolas Albiero held on to the narrow lead with his 20.07 fly split. Cal’s Ryan Hoffer (19.70) and Florida’s Eric Friese (19.87) were sub-20 on their fly legs, yet still could not catch Cardinal Albiero. Hoffer’s split is now the 10th-fastest split in history.

Into the freestyle leg, Cal had a three-tenths deficit behind Florida, who was 0.09s behind leader Louisville. Sophomore Haridi Sameh anchored the Cardinals in an 18.45, which was enough to win the 2021 title and break the Greensboro pool record at 1:22.11. This was also Louisville’s first NCAA relay title in program history. Taking second place was Florida at 1:22.41, who held off Cal (1:22.43) by two one-hundredths. Michigan placed fourth in the heat at 1:22.81, which wound up placing 6th overall.

In the previous heat, Ohio State’s Hudson McDaniel had the fastest breast split at 22.70, the 5th-fastest split in history. The Buckeyes placed fourth overall with their heat win of 1:22.49, beating out the Texas Longhorns (1:22.56).

Out of the earlier heats, Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas led off their 200 medley relay in a 20.67 in the 50 back, which is the 16th-fastest 50 back in history. A&M placed 9th overall at 1:23.45, featuring Mark Theall‘s 18.93 anchor. NC State’s Kacper Stokowski was faster on the 50 back at 20.61, which is the 10th-fastest lead-off in history. NC State placed 10th overall with a 1:23.57.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Blaise Vera threw out a 19.52 fly split, which is the 3rd-fastest fly split in history behind Texas alum Joseph Schooling‘s 19.36 (2016) and 19.45 (2017). Pittsburgh placed 20th overall at 1:24.65.

In the team standings, Texas now takes over the lead with 414 points, ahead of Cal’s 372 points. Florida (282) and Georgia (198) sit comfy in 3rd and 4th place while Indiana (158) is just 8 points ahead of Louisville (150) for 5th place.


  1. Texas 414
  2. Cal 372
  3. Florida 282
  4. Georgia 198
  5. Indiana 158
  6. Louisville 150
  7. Texas A&M 127
  8. NC State 120
  9. Ohio State 108
  10. Virginia 102
  11. Michigan 100
  12. Mizzou 67
  13. Arizona 66
  14. Virginia Tech 60
  15. Stanford 58
  16. Alabama 53
  17. LSU 52
  18. Tennessee/Miami 38
  19. (tie)
  20. UNC/Purdue 31
  21. (tie)
  22. Georgia Tech 29
  23. Florida State 24.5
  24. Pittsburgh 23
  25. Minnesota 20
  26. Notre Dame/USC 15
  27. (tie)
  28. Penn State 13
  29. Wisconsin 10
  30. Kentucky 9
  31. Utah 6.5

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Coach Rob
9 months ago

I’m having trouble getting one of my 10 year old swimmers, Carly, to rotate in backstroke. I’ve yelled at her a couple of times but she won’t do it. I moved on to plan B which was to remove her from her friends and make her swim with the 14 year old boys for 3 weeks. I’m hoping that swimming with the faster boys will correct her technique. We’re 1 week in and she came to me crying and said that she wants to go back to the 9-10 group and see her friends again. I’m determined to make her finish the punishment and stay with the 14 year old boys for 2 more weeks. What should I do?

Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Do you have a job?

Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Change professions.

Coach Robert
Reply to  Bevo
9 months ago

Poor kid. Yeah you shouldn’t be a coach

GA Fan
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9 months ago


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9 months ago


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Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Hmm, maybe an extra two weeks for coming to complain?

Swimming Mom Enthusiast
Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Hi coach Rob. Thank you for this insightful and wonderful comment. I really can see your passion for coaching shine through this comment with your unique style of teaching. In regards to your question, I strongly believe that hard learned lessons will help a child grow in development and maturity. I for one do not drive my child to the practice facility but instead make him run there, which is 10km away, and right afterwards do 100 pushups, 100 situps and 100 squats. Although he is 8 years old and only doing summer league, I believe this training regime will be essential for his growth as an Olympic bound swimmer.

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Reply to  Swimming Mom Enthusiast
9 months ago

As a bonus your child will be able to defeat their swim enemies with a single punch

Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

This ain’t it chief

Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Do you do clinics?

Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Continuing on this path will most likely result in her learning to hate the sport. If you are really domineering, maybe you can keep her in it until she is 13 or 14, then she’s done and there won’t be anything you can do. Keep it fun instead.

Reply to  Coach Rob
9 months ago

Lmao you guys all missed the joke. No chill out here

9 months ago

Which relay teams have seniors and how many? Who is breathing to the right? Which famous members of the U.S. Olympic team 1984-1992 have an offspring swimming in the finals? Which swimmers have nice families?

Mean Dean
9 months ago

Carson 3:34 high. Watch this

Coach Robert
Reply to  Mean Dean
9 months ago

I bet he adds time

Reply to  Coach Robert
9 months ago

You’re from the future sir

9 months ago

[Keith] Kieran Smith on who’s faster: him or UT’s Drew Kibler. “I don’t compare myself to anybody”. Then he rolled up his sleeve and showed a tattoo of the number 1:29 on his arm. “I’ll let you interpret that however you want”, Smith said.

Idk what to call myself
Reply to  Timekeeper
9 months ago

Ah a fellow r/nfl user I see

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
9 months ago

Heat sheets? Trying to figure out when to put in the dinner order for.

9 months ago

Wait please don’t start tonight’s session yet.
I’m not drunk enough to handle the 400 IM.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
9 months ago

Saving the Rowdy drinking game until tomorrow night for health purposes

Rough N Rowdy
Reply to  GoHeels
9 months ago

can we stop circling every dude in a 45 second race multiple times? would rather watch Cassius than them explain for the 5th time where he is (hint: probably near the middle of the pool)

Shireen Kopp
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
9 months ago

@BearlyBreathing you are easily my fave SwimSwam poster. Go Bears!

Cal Swim Fan
9 months ago

Go Bears!!!!!!

9 months ago

Heat sheets?

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Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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