2021 NCAA Men’s Championships: Day 2 Prelims 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

Texas won the 800 free relay last night, with Cal second and the rest of the field over two seconds behind the Bears.

This morning, the team race will start to take shape, with prelims of the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free set to run. Kieran Smith of Florida will meet challengers like Jake Magahey of Georgia and Drew Kibler of Texas in the 500 free, while the field will try to get as close to Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas as possible in the 200 IM and try to pick off a spot in the A-final.

The 50 free is one of the most competitive events this week, with seven men already under 19 seconds this year, including freshman leader Adam Chaney of Florida. Keep an eye on the other first-year talents, like Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger, Virginia’s Matt Brownstead and Alabama’s Matt King in this race, as they’ve all been 18-high this season. The upstart rookies will try to take down Cal senior Ryan Hoffer, a seasoned competitor and defending 50 free champion.



  • NCAA Record: 4:06.32, Kieran Smith (Florida) – 2020
  • American Record: 4:06.32, Kieran Smith (Florida) – 2020
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:06.32, Kieran Smith (Florida) – 2020
  • Meet Record: 4:08.19, Townley Haas (Texas) – 2019
  • 2019 Champion: Townley Haas (Texas), 4:08.19
  • 2020 Top Performer: Kieran Smith (Florida), 4:06.32

Top 8

  1. Jake Magahey (Georgia) – 4:09.36
  2. Brooks Fail (Arizona) – 4:09.41
  3. Kieran Smith (Florida) – 4:11.03
  4. Sean Grieshop (Cal) – 4:11.12
  5. Drew Kibler (Texas) – 4:11.52
  6. Trenton Julian (Cal) – 4:11.60
  7. Ross Dant (NC State) – 4:12.34
  8. Bobby Finke (Florida) – 4:12.37

In the final heat, Kieran Smith of Florida and Trenton Julian separated from the field, and they went 1-2 here. Smith put on the jets in the final 50, going 4:11.03 with Julian second at 4:11.60, both getting into the A-final.

Arizona’s Brooks Fail and Texas’s Alex Zettle led through the halfway point of heat five, but Georgia’s Jake Magahey pulled up as Zettle faded. Magahey passed Fail down the final stretch, both breaking 4:10 at 4:09.36 to 4:09.41. That’s a best time for Fail, and his first time under 4:10.

Drew Kibler of Texas was out hard (but looked smooth), going 1:36.5 over the first 200 with NC State’s Ross Dant in tow. Kibler fell off of a very fast pace, finishing at 4:11.52 ahead of Dant (4:12.34) and Stanford senior Grant Shoults (4:12.85).

In heat five, Cal’s Sean Grieshop got things moving, posting a 4:11.12 to come just .01 off of what he went in 2019 prelims at this meet. Texas’s JT Larson (4:13.40) and Peter Larson (4:14.58) went 2-3 in that heat.

Navy senior Luke Johnson won heat two in 4:19.48, the first sub-4:20 of the morning. In heat one, swimming solo due to no-shows, Michigan’s Danny Berlitz went 4:20.05.

Cal gets two up into the A-final here and one into the B, while Texas does the inverse of that, with one into the A and two into the B. Florida actually did the best here with 2 up and 2 down.


  • NCAA Record: 1:38.13, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • American Record: 1:38.13, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:38.13, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • Meet Record: 1:38.14, Andrew Seliskar (Cal) – 2019
  • 2019 Champion: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 1:38.14
  • 2020 Top Performer: Shaine Casas (Texas A&M), 1:39.91

Top 8

  1. Destin Lasco (Cal) – 1:40.61
  2. Shaine Casas (Texas A&M) – 1:40.74
  3. Hugo Gonzalez (Cal) – 1:40.94
  4. Carson Foster (Texas)/Caio Pumputis (Georgia Tech) – 1:41.34 *TIE*
  5. Javier Acevedo (Georgia) – 1:41.72
  6. Danny Kovac (Mizzou)/David Schlicht (Arizona) – 1:42.21 *TIE*

Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas took the final heat in 1:40.74, able to hld off Texas freshman Carson Foster (1:41.34) and Caio Pumputis of Georgia Tech (1:41.34) as they tied for second.

In heat seven, Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez broke 1:41 with a 1:40.94 to take the #2 spot at the time.

Javier Acevedo of Georgia put down a 1:41.72 to claim heat six ahead of Mizzou’s Danny Kovac (1:42.21). Later on, Arizona’s David Schlicht would tie with Kovac, and they’d get into the A-final tied at seventh.

Purdue’s Nick Sherman went 1:43.43 to claim heat five.

Caspar Corbeau clocked a 1:42.73 to win heat four for Texas, almost two seconds faster than his old best. He and Reece Whitley of Cal went 1-2 there, Whitley at 1:43.07 as they both split 28s on the breast leg.

Out of heat two, Cal freshman Destin Lasco obliterated his old best by five seconds, hitting a 1:40.61. He moves into the top 20 all-time, just .03 behind Michael Phelps in this event.

Cal again leads with two A-finalists here, and they also got three into the B. Texas had one A-finalist and three B-finalists.


  • NCAA Record: 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • American Record: 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • U.S. Open Record: 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • Meet Record: 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • 2019 Champion: Ryan Hoffer (Cal), 18.63
  • 2020 Top Performer: Ryan Hoffer (Cal), 18.87

Top 8

  1. Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 18.43
  2. Dillon Downing (Georgia) – 18.88
  3. Bjorn Seeliger (Cal) – 18.91
  4. Adam Chaney (Florida) – 18.98
  5. Youssef Ramadan (Virginia Tech) – 19.08
  6. Gus Borges (Michigan) – 19.12
  7. Daniel Krueger (Texas) – 19.13
  8. Blaise Vera (Pitt) – 19.17

Cal’s Ryan Hoffer had the swim of his life in heat six, jetting to the lead early and dropping the hammer with an 18.43. Hoffer breaks the pool record, and he becomes the fastest man ever not named Caeleb Dressel, his time good enough to make him the #2 performer in history.

Hoffer moves ahead of Cesar Cielo’s previously #2 time of 18.47.

Freshmen Bjorn Seeliger (Cal), Adam Chaney (Florida) and Youssef Ramadan (Virginia Tech) made it into the A-final here, all behind Georgia sophomore Dillon Downing‘s UGA record of 18.88. Ramadan also set a VT school record.

One freshman who was expected to contend in the A-final, Alabama’s Matt King, was DQ’d for a false start.

Michigan’s Gus Borges was only a B-finalist in 2019, and he gets into the A-final tonight with his 19.12, while Pitt’s Blaise Vera was 19.17 to squeak into the A-final after finishing 25th in 2019.

Utah’s Cooper DeRyk posted a 19.37 for the heat three win, the first 19-low of the morning. He makes it into the B-final here.

Cal again had two A-finalists here, while Florida and Michigan each got 1/1.

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5 months ago


5 months ago

500 Free: Cal 2 Up 1 Down
Texas 1 Up 3 Down

200 IM: Cal 3 Up / 2 Down
Texas 1 Up / 2 Down

50 free Cal 1 Up/ 1 Down
Texas 1Up

1- Meter Cal 0/0
Texas 2 Up/ 1 Down

Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

I think both Foster’s A Final in the IM’s. Who do you think the 3 down in the 500 for Texas?

Right Dude Here
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
5 months ago

Carrozza gotta be one of them.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

You were pretty close

Reply to  Konner Scott
5 months ago

I faded Seeliger, oops. Texas diving loosk 2/0 not 2/1

I thought Peter Larson, Coby Carrozza and David johnston would make the B of the 500, so got the names all wrong 🙂

Gator Fan
Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

Where’s Peter Larson in finals who people were saying should replace Katz on relay! Maybe the coaches do know something after all!!!

Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

Cal has 2 up in 50 free

5 months ago

Today is the day nobody saw coming! The day the Indiana Hoosiers take a 300 point lead at NCAA Championships! Coach Looze will show us all why he is the best athletic coach to walk this earth! Go Hoosiers!!!!

Reply to  HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

I will find your home address and mail you my left nipple if the Hoosier sweep day 2 of the 2021 men’s ncaa championships.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Waader
5 months ago

*monkeys paw curls*

Reply to  Waader
5 months ago

Willswim if you’re reading this did you try anything close to it?

tea rex
Reply to  HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

This didn’t age well. One B-finalist.

5 months ago

Penn state about to go 1-2-3 in the 50 free. Castano-Roberson -Houck

Reply to  Psufan
5 months ago


Time Keeper
5 months ago

Prelims on ESPN 3? Hopefully

Reply to  Time Keeper
5 months ago


Dean Archer
Reply to  Joe
5 months ago


5 months ago

anybody got a stream for europe?

Reply to  Anonymoose
5 months ago

Or anywhere outside the USA? Why is this geoblocked? Most of the NCAA teams have swimmers from outside the USA; why can’t ESPN3 offer a pay-per-view option. This is maddening.

Reply to  1001pools
5 months ago

VPNs are pretty cheap and you might even be able to get a free trial

Reply to  CACrushers
5 months ago

Don’t you have to have a us cable thingy or something?

Reply to  Anonymoose
5 months ago

Yeah. The VPN is easy, but then you need a relationship with a USA cable provider. It still just dumbfounds me that cable companies have figured out how to sell on-demand movies, but ESPN can’t figure out how to sell on-demand sporting event access?

5 months ago

Solo 500 should be illegal

Reply to  SwimPoller
5 months ago

He smoked the field tho

James Beam
Reply to  JigglyPuff
5 months ago

that was funny! Seriously though, why couldnt they put Berlitz in lane 8 of heat 2?

Reply to  James Beam
5 months ago

Happened in the 400 IM last week at the women’s meet.

They don’t find out about the DFS until the last minute, usually, and don’t want to scramble to mash things together, I guess.

Former Big10
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

I mean, it takes five minutes to make the change… It’s the table being lazy.

Coach Steve
5 months ago

Has anyone done a study as to if programs with diving teams have better flip turns? It only seems logical when they have access to coaches who know more about flipping than I or other swim coaches do.

Last edited 5 months ago by Coach Steve
Reply to  Coach Steve
5 months ago

I’d say no. Cal’s swimmers have good turns and they don’t have a diving program. Texas does have a great diving program but I’m never impressed by their turns.

Reply to  Coach Steve
5 months ago

Lmaoooo as if that’s anywhere remotely comparable. Doing things in water vs air alone, among many other differing factors

Reply to  Coach Steve
5 months ago

You would need it to go under 4:00 in the 500

Reply to  Coach Steve
5 months ago

I don’t think they sensed your sarcasm LOL

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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