2021 Men’s NCAA Championships: Official SwimSwam Preview Index


  • 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

As we tick down the days to the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.

Don’t miss a moment of our preview action and the concurrent comment section discussion – you can bookmark this page, which will be updated with links to each preview as we publish them. Disagree with our winner picks? Well, they are infallible, but if you really don’t buy it, you can leave your own picks, predictions and expectations in the comments.

Below are all of the events in their NCAA order, broken down by day. You can click on the event name and follow the link to our full preview and check out our picks for the entire top 8.




Wednesday 800 Free Relay Texas
Thursday 200 Free Relay Cal
500 Free Kieran Smith, Florida
200 IM Shaine Casas, Texas A&M
50 Free Ryan Hoffer, Cal
400 Medley Relay Texas
Friday 400 IM Carson Foster, Texas
100 Fly Nicolas Albiero, Louisville
200 Free Kieran Smith, Florida
100 Breast Max McHugh, Minnesota
100 Back Shaine Casas, Texas A&M
200 Medley Relay Cal
Saturday 1650 Free Bobby Finke, Florida
200 Back Shaine Casas, Texas A&M
100 Free Daniel Krueger, Texas
200 Breast Reece Whitley, Cal
200 Fly Trenton Julian, Cal
400 Free Relay Texas

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6 months ago


Coach Rob
6 months ago

I think NC State has a shot at winning the whole thing if Texas and Cal don’t swim their A game.

Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

Yeah yeah Wolfpack and all that

Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

There is literally no chance of that happening.

Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

You’re a few years too early

Reply to  Horninco
6 months ago

Yeah – might be coming with the recruiting they’re doing – but today is not that day.

Dr Deluxe
Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

I’m all for the Pack winning it all but not sure if I have the optimism of Coach Bob.
Wondering if you went off your meds this week ? Cal and Texas will swim like they always do and it’s those two teams fighting it out in the end .

Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

If you cut the last three words off that sentence it sounds less crazy.

Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

Not this year, but we gonna make some serious noise the next few years. 🐺

Reply to  Coach Rob
6 months ago

In like 2023?

6 months ago

Might consider adding a couple of Texas divers to that list…

Dont @ me
6 months ago

OSU wins

Texas A&M Swim Fan
6 months ago

There’s a lot of hoping, wishing, & praying here out of everybody except fans of the team from Berkeley & Central Texas (that’s about all that it is (sorry NC State fans, Ohio State fans, & everybody else)). Ya gotta come back to the world of reality every now & then. I do believe that the team I support, root for, yell for, etc. will finish a bit better than the Swim Swam power rankings indicate (I.e. as I’ve mentioned before, ya better watch out for those A&M relays 👁 They will perform better than what is expected👍👍)

Last edited 6 months ago by Texas A&M Swim Fan
6 months ago

A dark-horse team to win NCAA’s this year would have to be the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The panthers are a team to look out for disrupting the meet. Texas and Cal better be ready to race if they have a chance of beating these guys.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  BillyfromtheWM
6 months ago

UW Eau Claire to take it all 😤

Reply to  BillyfromtheWM
6 months ago

Maybe Michigan State or Iowa as revenge

Wild Bill
6 months ago

American records?

6 months ago

So does anyone know how to Live Stream the meet? The meet page has a link to “Live Stream”, which takes you to the 2019 event page hosted by UT.

Thanks NCAA.

I think I read that everything is ESPN3, and I’m trying to figure out how to get a subscription to that, but would love actually know what I need a subscription to. Usually in prior years, the host school streams prelims and then ESPN does finals.

Reply to  wethorn
6 months ago

The women’s prelims and finals were both streamed on espn3. I imagine it will be the same for the men’s meet

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