2021 NCAA Men’s Championships: Day 4 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:
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  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

Saturday Finals Heat Sheet

The last session of the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships is underway with the start of the 1650 free timed finals, with the top heat starting tonight’s finals session. Following the mile, the finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, and 400 free relay will be contested. Texas comes in tonight with their 42-point lead built from yesterday over Cal for the team championship title. Florida and Georgia currently run 3rd and 4th respectively while Indiana sits 30 points behind Georgia in 5th. Louisville is also 8 points behind Indiana for 6th, Texas A&M is a mere 7 points ahead of NC State for 7th, and Ohio State (108), Virginia (102), and Michigan (100) are all within less than 6 points of each other.

Swimming in lane four of the fastest-seeded mile heat is Florida’s Bobby Finke, whose entry time of 14:12.18 is just a tenth of his own American/U.S. Open/NCAA records. Be on the lookout for Georgia freshman Jake Magahey, who took an upset win in the 500 free on Thursday. Into the 200 back, Cal freshman Destin Lasco is coming off his third NCAA freshman record (1:37.19) to take the top seed. Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas is seeded second and will shoot to sweep the backstrokes and earn his 3rd title this weekend after winning the 200 IM and 100 back thus far.

Cal senior Ryan Hoffer will also be gunning for a perfect 3-for-3 title sweep this weekend with his top seed in the 100 free (40.90, pool record) following his wins in the 50 free and 100 fly. In the 200 breast, Cal’s Reece Whitley could give the Bears another event win tonight after he broke the pool record at 1:49.87. Minnesota’s Max McHugh won the 100 breast yesterday, and is seeded second behind Whitley in the long breast. As a freshman, McHugh swam a lifetime best of 1:49.41 to become the 2019 NCAA runner-up.

Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero swam 0.05s faster than Cal’s Trenton Julian during the preliminaries of the 200 fly. Both swimmers will compete out of lanes four and five in the championship final and battle for their first individual NCAA titles. Following the platform diving finals, where Texas’ Jordan Windle took the prelims top seed, the five timed finals of the 400 free relay will close out the evening. In heat four will be Indiana (2), Cal (4), Florida (6), and Georgia (8) while the final heat will have Louisville (2), NC State (4), Alabama (6), and Texas (8).


  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


  • NCAA Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (Florida) – 2020
  • American Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (Florida) – 2020
  • U.S. Open Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (Florida) – 2020
  • Meet Record: 14:22.41, Clark Smith (Texas) – 2017
  • Pool Record: 14:23.52, Connor Jaeger (Club Wolverine) – 2014
  • 2019 Champion: Felix Auboeck (Michigan), 14:23.09
  • 2020 Top Performer: Bobby Finke (Florida), 14:12.08

Slower Heats Recap

Top 3: 

  1. Bobby Finke (Florida)- 14:12.52 *Meet/Pool Record
  2. Jake Magahey (Georgia)- 14:28.69
  3. Ross Dant (NC State)- 14:31.17

After the 250-yard mark, no one could match Bobby Finke‘s pace during the fastest heat of the 1650 free. The question was not if Finke would win the title, but if he could break his 14:12.08 records from the 2020 SEC Championship final. At the touch, the title was Finke’s, touching in at 14:12.52. This is now Finke’s third 14:12 performance and the third-fastest swim in history.

Picking up second place for the Bulldogs was Jake Magahey, hitting 14:28.69. Moving up to third place was NC State sophmore Ross Dant, whose time of 14:31.17 makes him the 15th-fastest American in history.

Out of heat four, Arizona’s Brooks Fail dropped 13 seconds from his seed time to place fourth overall at 14:31.48, just 0.31s behind Dant. That also mints an Arizona program record. Rounding out the top six times were Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland (14:33.93) and former ND teammate Zach Yeadon of Cal (14:36.06).


  • NCAA Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy (Cal) – 2016
  • American Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy (Cal) – 2016
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy (Cal) – 2016
  • Meet Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy (Cal) – 2016
  • Pool Record: 1:37.19, Destin Lasco (Cal) – 2021
  • 2019 Champion: John Shebat (Texas), 1:36.42
  • 2020 Top Performer: Shaine Casas (Texas A&M), 1:37.20

Top 3:

  1. Shaine Casas (Texas A&M)- 1:35.75 *Pool Record
  2. Destin Lasco (Cal)- 1:35.99
  3. Bryce Mefford (Cal)- 1:38.31

It was an insane race for the 2021 title in the 200-yard back, with Cal freshman Destin Lasco challenging two-time winner this weekend Shaine Casas of Texas A&M. The pair were neck-and-neck for the last 75 yards. However, it was Casas who took the title at 1:35.75 over Lasco’s 1:35.99, both swimmers’ first swims under 1:36.

Casas’ swim was just two one-hundredths off Ryan Murphy‘s 2016 American record of 1:35.73, making Casas the second-fastest performer ever. Lasco’s finishing time of 1:35.99 breaks his own NCAA freshman record (1:37.19) from this morning and makes him the third swimmer ever to break the 1:36-barrier. Only Casas and Murphy have broken the barrier along with Lasco.

Lasco led a 2-3-4 finish for the Cal Bears, with teammates Bryce Mefford (1:38.31) and Daniel Carr (1:38.86) placing 3rd and 4th respectively. The Texas Longhorns picked up a 5-6 finish from Austin Katz (1:38.92) and Carson Foster (1:39.23).

Winning the B-final in a time of 1:40.00 was Mitchell Whyte of Louisville, touching 0.01s ahead of Georgia’s Ian Grum.


  • NCAA Record: 39.90, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • American Record: 39.90, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • U.S. Open Record: 39.90, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • Meet Record: 39.90, Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 2018
  • Pool Record: 40.90, Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 2021
  • 2019 Champion: Dean Farris (Harvard), 40.80
  • 2020 Top Performer: Daniel Krueger (Texas), 41.26

Top 3:

  1. Ryan Hoffer (Cal)- 40.89 *Pool Record
  2. Drew Kibler/Daniel Krueger (Texas)- 41.59
  3. (tie)

Halfway through the race, Drew Kibler flipped one one-hundredth ahead of Ryan Hoffer 19.56-19.57. Off the last turn, the 100 free title was Hoffer’s with his strong underwaters and closing speed. Hoffer touched the wall at 40.89, shaving 0.01s off his own personal best and pool record. Hoffer remains the 5th-fastest swimmer in history.

Tying for second place were Texas teammates Drew Kibler and Daniel Krueger at 41.59, both slightly gaining from their morning swims. Another Cal Bear, freshman Bjorn Seeliger, placed fourth at 41.74, just 0.02s ahead of Alabama freshman Matt King (41.76).

Winning the B-Final was Matt Brownstead of Virginia at 42.12, touching 0.13s ahead of Youssef Ramadan of Virginia Tech (42.25), both freshmen.


  • NCAA Record: Will Licon (Texas), 2017 – 1:47.91
  • American Record: Will Licon (Texas), 2017 – 1:47.91
  • U.S. Open Record: Will Licon (Texas), 2017 – 1:47.91
  • Meet Record: Will Licon (Texas), 2017 – 1:47.91
  • Pool Record: Reece Whitley (Cal), 2021 – 1:49.87
  • 2019 Champion: Andrew Seliskar (Cal), 1:48.70
  • 2020 Top Performer: Reece Whitley (Cal), 1:49.85

Top 3:

  1. Max McHugh (Minnesota)- 1:49.02 *Pool Record
  2. Reece Whitley (Cal)- 1:49.54
  3. Hugo Gonzalez (Cal)- 1:51.20

Max McHugh and Reece Whitley swam neck-and-neck through the entirety of the 200 breast final. At the 50 mark, McHugh was out 24.41 to Whitley’s 24.63. McHugh continued to lead over Whitley by 0.06s at the halfway mark while Whitley had a 0.03s-advantage over McHugh at the 150 mark. At the touch, it was McHugh who took over Whitley to sweep the breaststrokes here in Greensboro.

McHugh, who recovered from a gunshot wound in July 2019, won with a pool record time of 1:49.02, making him the 5th-fastest performer in history. Taking second place was Whitley at 1:49.54, making him the 8th-fastest performer in history. Earning a 2-3 finish for Cal was Hugo Gonzalez, who placed third behind Whitley at 1:51.20, tying as the 15th-fastest performer in history with Olympian Clark Burckle. Texas’ Caspar Corbeau finished in 4th for the Longhorns at 1:51.43.

Winning the B-final by 0.03s was Ohio State’s Jason Mathews (1:52.56), touching out Texas’ Jake Foster (1:52.59).

With the 200 fly, platform diving, and 400 free relay to go, Texas leads Cal by 21 points. Florida and Georgia are locked into 3rd and 4th, respectively. Louisville is only 9 points behind Indiana, and leading Texas A&M by 10 points. Meanwhile, NC is currently 8th, 5 point ahead of Ohio State and 1 point ahead of UVA.


  1. Texas 529
  2. California 508
  3. Florida 331
  4. Georgia 239
  5. Indiana 168
  6. Louisville 159
  7. Texas A&M 149
  8. NC State 136
  9. Ohio St 131
  10. Virginia 130


  • NCAA Record: Jack Conger (Texas), 2017 – 1:37.37
  • American Record: Jack Conger (Texas), 2017 – 1:37.37
  • U.S. Open Record: Jack Conger (Texas), 2017 – 1:37.37
  • Meet Record: Jack Conger (Texas), 2017 – 1:37.37
  • Pool Record: Nicolas Albiero (Louisville), 2021 – 1:38.65
  • 2019 Champion: Andreas Vazaios (NC State), 1:38.57
  • 2020 Top Performer: Nicolas Albiero (Louisville), 1:38.65

Top 3:

  1. Nicolas Albiero (Louisville)- 1:38.64 *Pool Record
  2. Trenton Julian (Cal)- 1:38.85
  3. Antani Ivanov (Virginia Tech)- 1:39.26

Cal’s Trenton Julian was first at the halfway mark at 46.64 while Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero was 5th at 47.40. Yet Albiero’s strong underwaters allowed him to catch Julian on the last 25, sealing his first individual NCAA title at 1:38.64. That time knocked 0.01s off his own 2020 Greensboro pool record from the 2020 ACC Championships. He remains the 5th-fastest swimmer all-time and 3rd-fastest American ever. Julian settled for second place at 1:38.85, dropping eight-tenths from this morning.

Coming in third place was Virginia Tech’s Antani Ivanov at 1:39.26, touching ahead of Georgia teammates Luca Urlando (1:39.75) and Camden Murphy (1:39.99). Texas’ Sam Pomajevich took sixth place at 1:40.36. Ivanov is now the 11th-fastest performer in history, passing Indiana alum Vini Lanza. Both Urlando and Murphy broke 1:40 for the first time in the final, moving up to #9 and #10 all-time in US history, respectively. Michael Phelps‘ former 2010 American record of 1:39.65 ranks 8th all-time in US history.

Indiana freshman Tomer Frankel won the consolation final at 1:40.68, which is the 8th-fastest time in the event.


  • Meet Record: 548.90, Nick McCrory (Duke) — 2011
  • Pool Record: 515.20, Nick McCrory (Duke) — 2013
  • 2021 Prelims Leader: Jordan Windle (Texas), 479.60

Top 3:

  1. Brandon Loschiavo (Purdue)- 469.05
  2. Ben Bramley (Purdue)- 450.20
  3. Zach Cooper (Miami)- 442.65

Teammates Brandon Loschiavo and Ben Bramley finished 1-2 in the platform diving final for the Purdue Boilermakers, a 37-point pick-up. The Boilermakers now move from 18th to 16th in the team standings. Finishing in third place for Miami was Zach Cooper (442.65), bumping the Hurricanes up from 22nd to 19th overall.

Taking fourth place was 1-meter champion and prelims leader Jordan Windle of Texas (422.75). The Longhorns retain a 37-point lead over Cal heading into the final event, the 400 free relay.


  • NCAA Record: 2:44.31, NC State — 2018
  • American Record: 2:44.31, NC State — 2018
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:44.31, NC State — 2018
  • Meet Record: 2:44.31, NC State — 2018
  • Pool Record: 2:45.69, NC State — 2018
  • 2019 Champion: Texas, 2:45.12
  • 2020 Top Performer: Texas, 2:46.57

Top 3: 

  1. Cal- 2:46.60
  2. Florida- 2:46.88
  3. Louisville- 2:47.98

Out of heat four of five, the Florida and Cal relays duked it out for the heat win. Florida freshman Adam Chaney smashed his lifetime best to lead off in a 41.74, which ranks #2 all-time in 17-18 age group history behind Hoffer’s 2015 NAG (41.23). Cal’s Seeliger led the Bears off in a 42.22.

Following the lead-off legs were Cal’s Hoffer (40.86) and Florida’s Kieran Smith (41.27) and third legs Lasco of Cal (41.74) and , Eric Friese of Florida (41.45). On the final leg, Florida’s Trey Freeman got run down by Cal’s Gonzalez, who split 20.12/21.66 to total 41.78 to Freeman’s 42.42. Cal won the heat at 2:46.60, just 0.28s ahead of Florida (2:46.88). Both times would stand as the two-fastest times of the event.

In the final heat, freshman Matt King led the Alabama Crimson Tide off in a 41.63 for the early lead. That now moves King up to 20th all-time in US history, just 0.01s behind Olympian Anthony Ervin. King placed 5th in the 100 free final earlier in the evening at 41.76. Texas’ Krueger led off in 41.79 while Louisville’s Haridi Sameh was also sub-41 leading off (41.94).

After that, Louisville legs Albiero (42.09) and Michael Eastman (42.05) out-split Texas’ middle legs Chris Staka (42.32) and Jake Sannem (42.54) to hold a body-length lead heading into the anchors. Texas’ Kibler split 41.63 to creep up on Louisville’s Colton Paulson (41.90), yet it was not enough to take the heat win. Louisville won with a time of 2:47.98, placing third overall behind Cal and Florida. Texas settled for second in the heat and fourth overall at 2:48.28.

With the conclusion of the 400 free relay, the Texas Longhorns have confirmed themselves as 2021 NCAA team champions with 595 points. The Cal Bears took the 2021 runner-up position with 568 points while Florida (367), Georgia (268), and Louisville (211).

Texas head coach Eddie Reese has now earned an NCAA team championship title in five different decades with the 2021 title tonight.


  1. Texas 595
  2. Cal 568
  3. Florida 367
  4. Georgia 268
  5. Louisville 211
  6. Indiana 207
  7. Ohio State 180
  8. NC State 164
  9. Virginia 152
  10. Texas A&M 151
  11. Virginia Tech 135
  12. Michigan/Arizona 106
  13. (tie)
  14. Stanford 99
  15. Alabama 91
  16. Mizzou 86
  17. Purdue 83
  18. LSU 68
  19. Miami 54
  20. Tennessee 48
  21. Georgia Tech/Minnesota 40
  22. (tie)
  23. Florida State 32.5
  24. UNC 31
  25. Notre Dame 29
  26. Pittsburgh 28
  27. USC 21
  28. Wisconsin 20
  29. Utah 17.5
  30. Kentucky 14
  31. Penn State 13
  32. West Virginia 5

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2 months ago

Who is the most overhyped swimming recruit in the history of the sport? In other words, which high school prospect who dominated on the age group scene performed worst once in college?

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Something I’m wondering that is somewhat related to this, hasn’t there been a swimswam article detailing the recruited classes of next year’s freshmen? I think NC State rises a lot this upcoming season to challenge Texas and Cal, and I just want to see who each school has coming in and do my own math with it. I could gather up the data, but I’m pretty sure there was a Swimswam article that would be more detailed than something I’d put together.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

We haven’t run our top recruiting classes article yet – that will come after NCAAs.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Oh okay, that sounds good. Thanks for the info Braden.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Braden, I think it would be interesting if you reranked the class of 2020 after NCAA, kinda like how other sports rank their rookies. Honestly between foster, Lasco, Urlando, Magahey, and Chaney, I wouldn’t know who to chose.

Reply to  Swimmer
2 months ago

Probably Lasco at this point

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Perhaps the most decorated male teen swimmer in history, one Michael Fred Phelps, had what I’d call a pretty disappointing college career at Michigan. Not a single NCAA championship to his name. Shame. He had so much potential. Hope he’s doing well!

Last edited 2 months ago by JustAFan
Reply to  JustAFan
2 months ago

Dude never even made a final at conference championships. Smh.

Reply to  HJones
2 months ago

He didn’t even make the conference team

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  USA
2 months ago

Didn’t even get a scholarship. He was a walk-on.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  JustAFan
2 months ago

True, but he did have a great major.

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Michael Taylor at Florida. 45.5/1:40 backstroke out of hs. Top 6 at ’16 trials then had intestinal issues and a bunch of surgeries. Only competed at 1 NCAAs

Reply to  GoHeels
2 months ago

I wouldn’t call him overhyped. Didn’t he get injured? That’s not his fault.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 months ago

Health, not injured!

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 months ago

Ulcerative colitis, pretty sure he had at least one surgery if not more by the time he was halfway through college

Reply to  Dudeman
2 months ago

I read in one article that he had 3 invasive procedures, and he didn’t want to start from square one after all that, so he decided to hang it up.

GA Fan
Reply to  GoHeels
2 months ago

So that doesn’t make him overhyped at all. The man had serious health issues that forced him to retire, he didn’t fail to perform. You shoulda kept this one in the drafts chief.

Reply to  GA Fan
2 months ago

20 year old hanging it up with that talent is failure

GA Fan
Reply to  GoHeels
2 months ago

He had multiple invasive intestinal surgeries. His health and well being is more important than his talent. Get some help

Reply to  GoHeels
2 months ago

You must go home and practice being that ignorant at night, he had serious health issues and may have had his colon removed (I honestly don’t know about what happened with his operation but it was on the table a couple years ago). Making comments like that is a failure in your character of the highest proportions

Mr Piano
Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Probably Rowdy Gaines’ commentary

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

While not the most popular of commentators he does have 3 Olympic Gold’s, held 3 World Records, and a 5 time NCAA Champion so perhaps put a little respect on the guys name.

Reply to  Troll Longhorn
2 months ago

He deserves respect for his swimming absolutely. Not for his commentary. He does not prepare. I’d be sacked if I did my job like that. I can’t listen to him, so lucky I don’t have to very often as I’m not from the US.

Last edited 2 months ago by Sam
Reply to  Sam
2 months ago

I know for USA Swimming meets (Pro Series, Olympics, Pan Pacs, etc), at least two USA Swimming staff members prepare the stats and background info for Rowdy. I don’t know about college meets.

Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

USA swimming does his notes for SEC and NCAAs as well

Reply to  Sam
2 months ago

Agreed, he does not appear to do much, if any prep and therefor hos commentary seems very bland. I’d lime to see Dean Ferris do comentary once he hangs it up

Mr Piano
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
2 months ago

I’m just playing Rowdy, you know I love you

Old Swim Bug
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

Without Rowdy’s history, knowledge, and animation, swimming would be pretty boring to watch…even for those who swim/swam. For those playing at home…before Rowdy there was John Naber and Mark Spitz as color commentators. Accordingly, I’d say the sport is vastly better off with Rowdy behind the mic.

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

I know he won titles and everything but people were expecting David Nolan to be swimming’s revolution out of High School. He was great but didn’t live up to the hype.

Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

Incorrect. Nolan appeared in 12/12 A finals at NCAAs. Even greats like dressel and schooling can’t boast that.

Last edited 2 months ago by THEO
Reply to  THEO
2 months ago

I honestly think that might prove my point even further. He had unbelievable talent coming in. He was probably the best yards swimmer in the country the day he started freshmen year. He won 3 titles in those 12 finals. He had a successful career overall. I don’t deny that.

But that wasn’t the question. The question was over hyped. Based on expectations, Nolan fits the bill.

Based on his hype coming you’d think he’d have won more. Dressel by comparison, won 9 NCAA titles.

Last edited 2 months ago by Pvdh
Reply to  THEO
2 months ago

To add, this is what Braden wrote about him in 2011

“ But Hershey, Pennsylvania’s David Nolan is at a level that no high school swimmer has ever touched, and possibly might not ever touch again. Next year, when Nolan enrolls at Stanford, he’d probably place top 3 in every NCAA event, and could win maybe two-thirds of them. That’s no exaggeration.”

That was the kind of hype David Nolan had. And nobody would have disagreed with him there.

Last edited 2 months ago by Pvdh
Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

A bit of a mean-spirited question but I get what you’re driving at.
I submit Chas Morton of Stanford.

Tea rex
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Chas was more a 12 and under standout. He was a good national level swimmer in both high school and college

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

I don’t know if he’s the most overhyped but Joe Hudepohl would have to be on the list. 3x Olympic medalist (Relay Gold & Bronze in 92, Gold in 96) at 18, 3 national high school records, won Trials in the 200 in 1992. I don’t think he ever won and individual NCAA title

Reply to  I_Said_It
2 months ago

He was a top scorer on multiple NCAA champion teams at Stanford. While he never reached the over-hyped expectations on the world stage, he was one of the best NCAA swimmers of his time.

Dont @ me
Reply to  I_Said_It
2 months ago

Oh no you’ve triggered the St. X fanbase

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Reece Whitley, probably. Between him using 3 illegal dolphin kicks off the walls and everyone thinking he would sweep the Breastroke events for 4 years… yeah.

Jonny Newsom
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Just stop dude.

Reply to  Jonny Newsom
2 months ago

Stop what, exactly? To assess the veracity of my first claim, one need only watch the finals of last night’s 100 Breastroke event. As for the latter, albeit more subjective, it is merely a response to the original author’s subjective prompt. Many people were thinking that, given his high school development, Reece would sweep the Breastroke events in the NCAA. So far, he has managed one bronze using illegal kicks. You may not like that answer, but that hardly warrants me “just stopping.”

Drama King
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Yeah , some predicted he will go 2.05 in lcm and breaks the world record by now. And Tokyo Gold medal pending.

Last edited 2 months ago by Drama King
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

In all seriousness, I’ve found Whitely’s swimming to be slightly underwhelming. He seems like he has so much power that he’s not using in his stroke, and hasn’t really seemed to grow out of the “awkwardness” of his size that he had as an age group swimmer.

Reply to  HJones
2 months ago

His stroke has zero pull. More pull and tempo will do him good. His breastroke is outdated.

Gowdy Raines
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Gotta agree with SF99 on this one. Whitley was made out to be a generational talent. At this point he won’t win an NCAA title or make an Olympic team. That’s why you don’t hype up a 15yr old like they did with him. Sets expectations through the roof. McHugh has his number. That’s abundantly clear, even with those illegal dolphin kicks he does.

Old Swim Bug
Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

I have to say that the original question at hand is highly offensive. Rather than tear people down for doing their respective best, why not turn it around into something more positive?.?.? Swimming is a HARD sport, and you cannot underestimate the role injuries play in an elite athlete’s advancement. Instead, I’d argue a better question is: who is the best swimmer to emerge at a national level after being a relatively unheralded recruit?

Last edited 2 months ago by Old Swim Bug
Gregg Troy stache
Reply to  Old Swim Bug
2 months ago

Ryan lochte

Reply to  Old Swim Bug
2 months ago

Sir, this Swimswam commentariat, these people hate everybody, they never achieve anything, come here to with those ideas, otherwise enjoy your life, it is much better than this.

Reply to  Old Swim Bug
2 months ago

Andrew Wilson. Never broke 1:00 in high school, if I recall. Went to a (very good) D3 program, and within three years, broke 1:00 in LCM.

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Aiden Burns for me.

Reply to  OK_Bruther
2 months ago

Without a doubt the current most overhyped male swimmer thus far is Reece Whitley. No illegal dolphin kicks = no NCAA chip

2 months ago


Reply to  Jesse
2 months ago

“BuT hOw MaNy Of ThEm ArE sEnIoRs?” – Anonymous

2 months ago

Swimmer: Wins NCAAs, unlocks massive achievement.

Rowdy: dOeS YOuR fATHeR lOvE YOu??

Mr Piano
Reply to  MY MOM!
2 months ago

“How does it feel to be Matt Biondi’s son?”

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

Swimmer: “wins a title”
Rowdy: “Wel I’m sure you wanted to break the record, but you must also be happy to just win”

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