2021 NCAA Men’s Day 3 Ups/Downs: Texas Earns 10 A-Final Swims, Four in the IM

2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • 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

For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.

Day 3 Prelims Recap

The Texas Longhorns carried over their evening momentum from last night after earning a 1-2 finish on the 1-meter diving board and winning the 400 medley relay. Entering this morning’s prelims, the Longhorns set up a dominant night with 14 returning swims, 10 up and 4 down. Cal (6/2), Georgia (4/2), and Florida (4/1) were all not even close to matching Texas’ depth in the pool.

With the evening Texas set up, the Longhorns will score in all five individual events, including more than 55 projected points in two events (400 IM/200 FR). Meanwhile, Cal won’t score more than 40 points in a single event. In total, the Longhorns are expected to pick up 170 points in the pool before 3-meter diving and the 200 medley relay. Cal has the second-most with 104 points, which can result in a 39-point deficit to Texas after leading the first two days.

In the 400 IM, Texas earned top seed Carson Foster (3:37.79), #4 Jake Foster, #5 Braden Vines, and #8 David Johnston into the championship final, a projected 60-point pick-up. In contrast, Cal senior Sean Grieshop picked up the #2 seed while teammate Hugo Gonzalez placed 10th overall, missing the A-final (22-32 points). Florida’s Bobby Finke will also contend in the A-final with his #3 prelims seed.

Into the 100 fly, top seed Ryan Hoffer is Cal’s only scoring swimmer in the event while #5 Alvin Jiang and #11 Sam Pomajevich are the two scoring flyers for Texas. The Georgia Bulldogs reeled in #3 Camden Murphy and #8 Luca Urlando in the A-final, a projected 27-point snag.

Texas’ other big event was the 200 free, qualifying Drew Kibler as the top seed followed by #4 Peter Larson and #8 Jake Sannem. Larson was not a member of the winning 800 free relay, which consisted of Kibler, Austin Katz, C. Foster, and Sannem. His 1:32.53 split from this morning would have improved the Longhorns’ relay to 6:06.81 if he replaced Katz’s 1:33.02 split. In for Cal as the 3rd seed is senior Trenton Julian while junior Kieran Smith picked up another top-3 seed for Florida.

In the 100 breast, Minnesota junior Max McHugh will be aiming for his first NCAA title after placing third as a freshman in 2019. In the championship final, McHugh will be joined by #3 Dillon Hillis of Florida, #4 Reece Whitley of Cal, #5 Zane Backes of Indiana, and #7 Caspar Corbeau of Texas.

After winning Texas A&M’s first individual NCAA title in program history, junior Shaine Casas will aim for a second title in the 100 back. Cal freshman Destin Lasco continues his breakout meet with his #2 prelims seed in this event along with teammate #8 Bryce Mefford. Placing 16th this morning was Cal senior Daniel Carr, who placed 7th in the 2019 final after hitting 44.86 in a re-swim following a starting wedge malfunction. If Carr can at least drop from 45.53 (this AM) to a 45.21 (his 2019 finals time), that would give the Bears’ an extra 7 points in the event. Texas will have #7 Jiang again in the water while Indiana sophomore Brendan Burns picked up the 5th seed.

CURRENT SCORES (THROUGH DAY TWO)

  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

DAY 3 UPS/DOWNS

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

Not including: 3-meter diving, 200 medley relay

All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back
Texas 10/4 4/0 1/1 3/1 1/0 1/2
California 6/2 1/1 1/0 1/0 1/0 2/1
Georgia 4/2 1/1 2/0 0/1 0/0 1/0
Florida 4/1 1/0 1/0 1/0 1/0 0/1
Louisville 3/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 1/0 1/0
Indiana 2/4 0/0 0/2 0/0 1/0 1/2
Ohio State 1/3 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/2 0/1
UVA 1/2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1/1 0/0
Missouri 1/1 0/0 1/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
USC 1/1 0/0 0/1 1/0 0/0 0/0
NC State 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 1/0
Texas A&M 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 1/0
Arizona 1/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
VT 1/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
LSU 1/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Minnesota 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
PITT 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
Michigan 0/4 0/1 0/1 0/1 0/1 0/0
Stanford 0/3 0/1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0
GT 0/2 0/0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0
Tennessee 0/2 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
Wisconsin 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
ND 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Penn State 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Northwestern 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Purdue 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
UNC 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Alabama 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1

DAY 3 SCORED PRELIMS BREAKDOWN BY EVENT

Texas California Florida Georgia Indiana Louisville Ohio State UVA Texas A&M Minnesota NC State Missouri VT USC LSU Arizona Tennessee PITT GT Stanford ND Northwestern Michigan Penn State Alabama UNC Wisconsin Purdue
400 IM 60 24 16 16 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 3 9 0 1 5 0 0 2 0
100 Fly 20 20 13 27 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 12 17 1.5 0 0 5 0 4 3 0 0 1.5 0 0 0 0 0
200 Free 55 16 17 2 0 0 12 0 7 0 4 5.5 0 13.5 13.5 0 0 0 5.5 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
100 Breast 12 15 16 0 14 13 10.5 22 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 11 0 0 0 9 1.5 0 0 3 0 1.5
100 Back 23 29 7 13 19 15 9 0 20 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0

SCORED Day 3 PRELIMS

1. Texas: 170.0
2. Cal: 104.0
3. Florida: 69.0
4. Georgia: 58.0
5. Indiana: 49.0
6. Louisville: 43.0
7. Ohio State: 31.5
8. Virginia: 28.0
9. Texas A&M: 27.0
10. Minnesota: 20.0
11. NC State: 20.0
12. Mizzou: 17.5
13. Virginia Tech: 17.0
14. USC: 15.0
15. LSU: 13.5
16. Arizona: 13.0
17. Tennessee: 11.5
18. Pittsburgh: 11.0
19. Georgia Tech: 9.5
20. Stanford: 9.0
21. Notre Dame: 9.0
22. Northwestern: 9.0
23. Michigan: 5.0
24. Penn State: 5.0
25. Alabama: 4.0
26. UNC: 3.0
27. Wisconsin: 2.0
28. Purdue: 1.5

SCORED PRELIMS + CURRENT SCORES

Not including: 3-meter diving, 200 medley relay

1. Texas: 373.0
2. California: 334.0
3. Florida: 230.0
4. Georgia: 174.0
5. Indiana: 133.0
6. Texas A&M: 115.0
7. Louisville: 107.0
8. NC State: 107.0
9. UVA: 84.0
10. Michigan: 68.0
11. Arizona: 64.0
12. Ohio State: 59.5
13. Missouri: 59.5
14. VT: 56.0
15. Stanford: 51.0
16. Alabama: 42.0
17. LSU: 36.5
18. Purdue: 29.5
19. GT: 23.5
20. PITT: 23.0
21. Minnesota: 20.0
22. Miami: 19.0
23. Florida St: 18.5
24. ND: 18.0
25. Tennessee: 17.5
26. USC: 15.0
27. Penn State: 13.0
28. Northwestern: 9.0
29. Kentucky: 9.0
30. Wisconsin: 7.0
31. UNC: 7.0
32. Utah: 2.5

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Harambe
2 months ago

Horns on Parade

ACC
Reply to  Harambe
2 months ago

They’re positioned to score almost 70% more points than they were seeded to. Cal is actually seeded to score about 55% more than they were seeded to, which is the only reason this meet might still be close.

I still miss Gregg Troy
2 months ago

Out of 16 swims JT Larson and Danny Krueger in the 2 free were the only 2 for Texas to miss out on finals

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  I still miss Gregg Troy
2 months ago

Since you miss Troy, you’ll be please to know that he put Lochte and Dressel through a 400 IM-100 Fly-200 free SCY triple this morning. 3:44, 45, 1:34 for CD. 3:40, 47, 1:36 for RL.

ACC
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

That’s a crazy 4 IM for a 36-year-old. Would also be a crazy 4 IM for a 22-year-old, to be fair.

Spectatorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

those 400IM time are good for A- final at NCAA for RL, and CD just missed B-Final.

And imagine anyone attempt that triple at NCAA 🤪

Last edited 2 months ago by Spectatorn
Waader
Reply to  Spectatorn
2 months ago

What would be the craziest tripple you can pull at NCAAs? This combo: “The Phelps”, (or you can switch fly for back to get “the Lochte”) or the 500/200IM/50 combo (AKA the Smith)?

You could of course also do the so called “pain triangle”: Mile/2back/2fly, but I don’t think anyone could seriously contend in all three events.

ACC
Reply to  Waader
2 months ago

In DI probably not. Probably a couple of DII or DIII swimmers who could be top 8 in all three.

Waader
Reply to  ACC
2 months ago

Well, someone like Lochte could actually do “the Lochte”. Seliskar could’ve probably done “The Phelps”, but it would have made no sense at all, because you couldn’t possibly win all three (And Seli did win all of his individuals).

Horninco
Reply to  I still miss Gregg Troy
2 months ago

Krueger a slight surprise but JT is more 500/1650 than 200/500

Hannah
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

I think Kruegers best is around 1:33 which wouldn’t have scored anyways. He’s definitely a sprinter.

BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

So I see today’s shaping up to be “The Empire Strikes Back” installment of this 3 day meet. Nice. I’m glad the Texas fans got something to cheer about. 🙂 Still think building that 2nd Death Star is a bad idea but we’ll see.
That being said, I am going to need something significantly stronger to drink while I watch the finals session.
Can’t wait for even faster swimming by anyone and everyone tonight. Go Bears!

Last edited 2 months ago by BearlyBreathing
Horninco
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Cal wins the relay tonight and opens with 1650/200 Back. This is far from over

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

I find it really hard for Cal to come back tbh. They need everything to go right in tonights finals and everything to go right in prelims tomorrow.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

>Cal wins the relay tonight
Agreed and
21.0
23.0
19.3
18.2
gets them to 1:21.5

Waader
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

This is a bold prediction, but we’ll see. Seriously thinking they will add atleast a second.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Waader
2 months ago

Add a second to their seed time (1:22.74)? Based on their swims from earlier in this meet, I don’t get that vibe at all.
I think each of these legs is realistic. Which one do you have trouble with?

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

We’ll see about the 1650. Will be interesting to see how nany more points the Bears score in the 200 back vs. Texas in the 400 IM.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Strange words when you consider which college built the atom bomb…

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 months ago

I have no idea what you are saying here but I am going to assume it is an insult so how dare you.

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