2021 Men’s NCAAs Night 4 Preview: Cal Holds Four Top-2 Seeds From Prelims


  • 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:
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  • Live Results

Saturday Finals Heat Sheet

The last finals session of the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships is 90 minutes away from beginning at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. On the slate tonight will be the fastest-seeded 1650 free heat followed by the consolation and championship finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and the 400 free relay. After Cal held the lead for two days, Texas took over the top team spot immediately after the 400 IM yesterday and will enter Saturday night’s session as the current leader. Here’s an event breakdown of the races to keep an eye on for the evening.

1650 Free

The first four mile heats began at 3:10pm E.T., led by heat one top seed Mikey Calvillo of Indiana. Cal distance ace Sean Grieshop leads heat two while UNLV’s Vuk Celic will swim in lane four of the following heat. Then, Greg Reed of Georgia and Brooks Fail of Arizona will lead the fourth heat before the fastest-seeded heat kicks off tonight’s finals session. Fail broke 4:10 for the first time in the 500 free on Thursday, placing third in the final.

In the last heat of the mile, current American/U.S. Open/NCAA record holder Bobby Finke of Florida has a 12-second gap over #2 seed Jake Magahey of Georgia, who took an upset win the 500 free as a freshman. Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland, Cal’s Zach Yeadon, NC State’s Ross Dant, Indiana’s Michael Brinegar, Texas’ David Johnston, and Michigan’s Jake Mitchell round out the top 8 mile seeds contesting in the top timed final heat.

200 Back

Tying for 8th place in prelims were Florida’s Clark Beach and Virginia’s Justin Grender, which resulted in Beach beating out Grendner for the A-final spot. Gredner will lead the consolation final over Mizzou’s Jack Dahlgren and Indiana’s Jacob Steele.

Accompanying Beach in the championship final will be Cal freshman Destin Lasco, who broke the 200 back pool record and NCAA freshman record this morning. After winning the 200 IM and 100 back thus far, Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas will be aiming for a perfect 3-for-3 title sweep along with sweeping the backstroke events. Cal Bears Daniel Carr and Bryce Mefford will accompany Lasco in the final while Texas senior Austin Katz will join freshman teammate Carson Foster for the Longhorns.

100 Free

Freshmen Youssef Ramadan of Virginia Tech (42.09) and Matt Brownstead of Virginia (42.20) will have an ACC duel in the consolation final of the 100 free. Keep an eye on #15 seed Pittsburgh’s Blaise Vera, who gained two-tenths off his seed time of 42.21 following his 3rd-fastest 50 fly relay split in history yesterday.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer will also contend for his third NCAA title of the meet with his 40.90 pool record this morning, minting himself as the 4th-fastest American all-time. Texas Longhorns Drew Kibler and Daniel Krueger swam the top-3 fastest swims of the morning behind Hoffer while freshman Bjorn Seeliger will accompany his Cal teammate. Both pairs have the potential to earn an 1-2 finish for their respective teams, which is worth 37 points.

200 Breast

Texas Longhorns Braden Vines and Jake Foster led the consolation 200 breast final over Ohio State Buckeyes Jason Mathews and Paul DeLakis.

Into the championship final, Cal’s Reece Whitley broke the Greensboro pool record this morning with the only sub-1:50 swim of the event. Looming in second place this morning was yesterday’s 100 breast champion Max McHugh of Minnesota. McHugh owns a lifetime best of 1:49.41 as a freshman while Whitley’s lifetime best rests at 1:48.53, both under Whitley’s morning pool record. Senior teammate Hugo Gonzalez will join Whitley in the A-final while Texas’ Caspar Corbeau will represent the Longhorns.

200 Fly

Indiana’s Tomer Frankel sliced two seconds off his seed time to lead the consolation 200 fly final at 1:41.73 over Mizzou’s Danny Kovac (1:41.89). Texas senior #15 seed Alvin Jiang placed top five in the 100 fly yesterday, and could challenge Frankel and Kovac with his 1:41.60 seed time. Kovac, however, has the fastest seed in the consolatio final at 1:41.24.

A mere five one-hundredths of a second separate top seed Nicolas Albiero of Louisville (1:39.61) and Trenton Julian of Cal (1:39.66). At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Albiero placed 4th in the final while Julian finished 6th. Both Albiero and Julian will be duking it out for their first individual NCAA titles. Georgia’s Luca Urlando and Camden Murphy will represent the Bulldogs in the top final while Texas’ Sam Pomajevich will rep the Longhorns.

400 Free Relay

There will be five heats of the 400 free relay timed finals following the finals of the platform diving event, where Texas senior Jordan Windle will aim for a second diving title in Greensboro after leading prelims this morning.

Swimming in the middle lanes of the fourth heat of the 400 free relay will be Cal and Florida, who are currently running 2nd and 3rd respectively in the team standings. In the final heat, NC State (2:48.19) and Alabama (2:48.22) have the middle lanes with their top two seeds alongside 200 medley relay champion Louisville and current team race leader Texas.

The 2018 NC State relay holds the American/U.S. Open/NCAA/Meet records at 2:44.31 along with the Greensboro pool record (2:45.69). The Texas Longhorns, however, won this relay in 2019 and had the top 2020 time last season.

Official SwimSwam Previews  — Saturday Night

SwimSwam Winner Pick Prelims Leader
1650 Free Bobby Finke, Florida Bobby Finke, Florida (14:12.18 seed)
200 Back Shaine Casas, Texas A&M Destin Lasco, Cal (1:37.19)
100 Free Daniel Krueger, Texas Ryan Hoffer, Cal (40.90)
200 Breast Reece Whitley, Cal Reece Whitley, Cal (1:49.87)
200 Fly Trenton Julian, Cal Nicolas Albiero, Louisville (1:39.61)
400 Free Relay Texas Longhorns NC State Wolfpack (2:48.19 seed)


  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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Joel Lin
2 years ago

and the light of the Tower at night, she touches those plains a brighter shade of burnt orange.

2 years ago

Is the last heat of the mile swum with finals?

2 years ago

Grieshop and Kopp did not do what they needed to in the mile today. That is going to sting for Cal

Reply to  JCO
2 years ago

Kopp was likely tapered for Pacs, based on his other swims. Think Grieshop should score.

2 years ago

Grieshop leads the 1650 heats after posting a 14:48.98. Should score somewhere in the B-final range.

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Lars John Thompson.

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Looks like all 3 of Texas 1650 men will score

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