2022 M. NCAA Division I Championships: Day Four Finals Live Recap

2022 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday Night Finals Heat Sheet

It’s the final night of the Men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, taking place at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. While the Cal Golden Bears and Texas Longhorns have battled all week long, the Bears had a huge morning that seems to give them an edge in the team race in tonight’s finals session. Tonight’s swimming will include the top heat of the 1650, then finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and the 400 free relay. Finals start at 6 PM EST.

Team scores following day three:

  1. Cal: 320.5
  2. Texas 313
  3. Florida: 272
  4. NC State: 214
  5. Indiana: 183
  6. Arizona State: 167
  7. Stanford: 169
  8. Georgia: 150
  9. Louisville/Ohio State: 108

The Tokyo 1500 Olympic champion Bobby Finke headlines the men’s 1650 free, coming in as the heavy favorite. Cal’s Destin Lasco then comes in as the top qualified in the 200 back and may have a shot at taking down Ryan Murphy‘s NCAA record, set six years ago at this pool.

Cal has a second top qualifier this evening in sophomore Bjoern Seeliger, who hit a 40.75 in the 100 free this morning to secure the top spot. Tennessee’s Jordan Crooks and LSU’s Brooks Curry are both close behind after hitting 41.1s this morning.

University of Pennsylvania freshman Matt Fallon was the only swimmer this morning under the 1:50 barrier in 1:49.03, but 100 breast champion Max McHugh is lurking in lane 5 after qualifying second in 1:50.31. Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero and Georgia’s Luca Urlando will go head to head in the 200 fly, with Albiero coming in as the top seed.

The session will wrap up with the 400 free relay, where Cal holds the top seed with a 2:45.95, just .01 ahead of their Pac 12 rivals Arizona State.

1650 Freestyle

  • NCAA Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke, Florida, 2020
  • NCAA Meet Record: 14:12.52, Bobby Finke, Florida, 2021
  • U.S. Open Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke, Florida, 2020
  • American Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke, Florida, 2020
  • Pool Record: 14:29.43, Sebastien Rouault, Georgia, 2008

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Bobby Finke (FLOR- Senior): 14:22.28
  2. Will Gallant (NCST- Sophomore): 14:31.34
  3. Ross Dant (NCST- Junior): 14:31.72
  4. Jake Magahey (UGA- Sophomore): 14:33.53
  5. David Johnston (TEX- Sophomore): 14:33.61
  6. Michael Brinegar (IU- Junior): 14:33.76
  7. Brooks Fail (ZONA- 5Y): 14:35.33
  8. Charlie Clark (OSU- Sophomore): 14:35.38

Florida senior Bobby Finke, the heavy favorite coming in, defended his title from last year with a 14:22.28. While he was 10 seconds off his own NCAA and American record, he easily won by over nine seconds.

NC State earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish from sophomore Will Gallant and junior Ross Dant with both of them touching in 14:31, while Georgia sophomore finished 4th in 14:33.53.

Texas earned one swimmer in the top 8, with sophomore David Johnston finishing fifth in 14:33.61.

In the early heats, it was Indiana’s Michael Brinegar who put up the top time with a 14:33.76. Brinegar was out pretty quick and Arizona’s Brooks Fail began to make up ground over the last few hundred yards but Brinegar was able to hold him off. Stanford’s Grant Shoults, swimming in his final collegiate race for Stanford, posted a 14:38.18 for the third fastest time heading into the finals.

200 back

Top 3 finishers:

  1. Destin Lasco (CAL- Sophomore): 1:37.71
  2. Carson Foster (TEX- Sophomore): 1:38.77
  3. Daniel Carr (CAL- 5Y): 1:39.06
  4. Kieran Smith (FLOR- Senior): 1:39.39
  5. Leon LacAlister (STAN- Junior): 1:39.67
  6. Jack Dahlgren (MIZZ- Senior): 1:40.17
  7. Bryce Mefford (CAL- 5Y): 1:40.31
  8. Justin Grender (UVA- Senior): 1:40.72

Destin Lasco, the top seed coming into this meet, took home the title in 1:37.71. Texas sophomore Carson Foster went out fast and flipped first at the 100, but Lasco charged past him on the back half to take the win.

Cal also had fifth year’s Daniel Carr (3rd) and Bryce Mefford (7th) finish in the top 8. With these results, Cal now holds a 28.5 point lead on Texas.

Virigina’s Jack Aikens, swimming out of lane 7, won the B final in 1:39.26. Aikens was pushed hard on the final 25 by NC State’s Hunter Tapp and Kacper Stokowski, but was able to get his hand on the wall first.

100 free

  • NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel (FLOR): 39.90
  • NCAA Meet Record: Caeleb Dressel (FLOR): 39.90
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel (FLOR): 39.90
  • US Open Record: Caeleb Dressel (FLOR): 39.90
  • Pool Record: Caeleb Dressel (FLOR): 40.46

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Brooks Curry (LSU- Junior): 40.84
  2. Bjoern Seeliger (CAL- Sophomore): 41.00
  3. Andrei Minakov (STAN- Sophomore): 41.09
  4. Matt Brownstead (UVA- Sophomore): 41.22
  5. Jordan Crooks (TENN- Freshman): 41.24
  6. Drew Kibler (TEX- Senior): 41.33
  7. Matt King (UVA- Sophomore): 41.34
  8. Danny Krueger (TEX0 Senior): 41.62

LSU junior Brooks Curry completed the sprint sweep on the weekend, winning the 100 free in 40.84. Curry used a masterful last 25 to overtake the field and win at the touch. Cal’s Bjoern Seeliger, who qualified first out of the prelims, finished 2nd in 41.00. Seeliger and Crooks turned nearly even in the lead at the halfway point, both out in 19.2, but Crooks faded on the final 25 to finish 5th in 41.24.

Roudning out the top three finishers was Stanford’s Andrei Minakov, who finished in 41.09.

Harvard’s Dean Farris, who won this in 2019, won the B final in 41.42. He touched just ahead of Ohio State’s Ruslan Gaziev, who finished in 41.56.

200 breast

  • NCAA Record: Will Licon (TEX): 1:47.91
  • NCAA Meet Record: Will Licon (TEX): 1:47.91
  • American Record: Will Licon (TEX): 1:47.91
  • US Open Record: Will Licon (TEX): 1:47.91
  • Pool Record: Will Licon (TEX): 1:48.12

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Leon Marchand (ASU- Freshman): 1:48.20
  2. Max McHugh (MINN- Senior): 1:48.76
  3. Matt Fallon (PENN- Freshman): 1:49.16
  4. Carles Coll Marti (VT- Sophomore): 1:49.69
  5. Caio Pumputis (GT- 5Y): 1:50.61
  6. Caspar Corbeau (TEX- Junior): 1:50.79
  7. Reece Whitley (CAL- Senior): 1:50.83
  8. Daniel Roy (STAN- Senior): 1:51.17

Arizona State’s Leon Marchand won his second individual title of the meet, taking home the title in 1:48.20, the second fastest performance of all time. He overtook Minnesota senior Max McHugh on the final 50, who finished second in 1:48.76.

The field’s fastest back half belonged to Penn’s Matt Fallon, who turned 8th at the 100 but ran out of space to run down Marchand and McHugh.

Cal’s Liam Bell won the B final in 1:51.36, touching just ahead of his teammate Hug Gonzalez. Notably, Gonzalez seemed to have an issue on his start, coming up nearly a full body length behind the field off of the first pullout.

200 fly

  • NCAA Record: Jack Conger (TEX): 1:37.35
  • NCAA Meet Record: Jack Conger (TEX): 1:37.35
  • American Record: Jack Conger (TEX): 1:37.35
  • US Open Record: Jack Conger (TEX): 1:37.35
  • Pool Record: Nicolas Albiero (LOU): 1:37.92

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Brendan Burns (IU- Junior): 1:38.71
  2. Luca Urlando (UGA- Sophomore): 1:38.82
  3. Nicolas Albiero (LOU- 5Y): 1:38.88
  4. Trenton Julian (CAL- 5Y): 1:39.00
  5. Christian Ferraro (GT- 5Y): 1:40:09
  6. Gabriel Jett (CAL- Freshman): 1:40.22
  7. Alexander Colson (ASU- Junior): 1:40.96
  8. Mason Wilby (UKY- Senior): 1:41.72

In a thrilling 200 fly final, it was Indiana’s Brendan Burns winning at the touch. He used a strong third 50 to start to pull away from the field, but Urlando, Albiero and Julian all closed on him under the flags but Burns ultimately held on for the win. Notably, Indiana’s last 200 fly champion was Gary Hall Sr, who this race in 1973. Prior to him, IU’s Mark Spitz won in 1971 and 1972.

Georgia’s Luca Urlando finished second in 1:38.82, while Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero, the top seed coming in, finished in third in 1:38.88.

Virginia Tech’s Antani Ivanov mounted a come-from-behind win in the B final of the 200 fly. He closed in a 26.02, the fastest in the field to win in 1:40.97, just .01 ahead of Mizzou’s Danny Kovac.

Platform Diving

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Tyler Downs (PUR): 447.20
  2. Zach Cooper (Miami): 443.05
  3. Bryden Hattie (TENN): 418.70
  4. Leonardo Garcia (FLOR): 406.05
  5. Maxwell Flory (Miami): 398.00
  6. Jacob Fielding (OSU): 364.55
  7. Jordan Rzepka (PUR): 338.85
  8. Lyle Yost (OSU): 336.80

Purdue freshman Tyler Downs won the platform on the final dive, after Miami’s Zach Cooper missed his 6th dive to fall just short of Downs. Tennessee’s Bryden Hattie finished third in 418.70.

During the 6th and final round, Florida’s Leonardo Garcia was granted a re-dive. After a long discussion between Garcia, his coach and officials, it was determined that a whistle was blown during his dive and so he was granted a re-dive.

400 free relay

  • NCAA Record: NC State (2018): 2:44.31
  • NCAA Meet Record: NC State (2018): 2:44.31
  • American Record: NC State (2018): 2:44.31
  • US Open Record: NC State (2018): 2:44.31
  • Pool Record: NC State (2022): 2:46.18

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Texas: 2:46.03
  2. Arizona State: 2:46.40
  3. Cal: 2:46.42
  4. Virginia: 2:46.80
  5. NC State: 2:47.29
  6. Florida: 2:47.39
  7. Indiana: 2:48.12
  8. Stanford: 2:48.21

The Texas Longhorns walk away with the final event title of the meet, winning in 2:46.03. Arizona State put up a tough battle, but Texas anchor Danny Krueger overtook ASU’s Cody Bybee on the last 25.

Cal finished third and was led by Bjoern Seeliger‘s 40.92 leadoff. The Bears also secure the team title with the third place finish, taking back the team title from Texas. Cal most recently won in 2019, but the Longhorns won the title last season.

Indiana won the second to last heat in 2:48.12, completing a come-from-behind win after Harvard held the lead at both the 200 and 300 point. Harvard was led by senior Dean Farris, who split 40.51 on the second leg.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  1. Cal – 487.5
  2. Texas – 436.5
  3. Florida – 374
  4. NC State – 291
  5. Indiana – 265
  6. Arizona State – 236
  7. Stanford – 231
  8. Georgia – 194
  9. Ohio State – 165
  10. Virginia – 154.5
  11. Virginia Tech – 143
  12. Louisville – 132
  13. Harvard – 103
  14. Alabama – 91
  15. LSU/Purdue – 85
  16. —-
  17. Arizona – 79
  18. Tennessee – 72.5
  19. Minnesota/Texas A&M – 44
  20. —-
  21. Georgia Tech – 38
  22. Michigan – 36
  23. Miami (FL) – 31
  24. Columbia – 30
  25. Missouri – 27
  26. USC – 25
  27. UNC – 24
  28. Penn – 22.5
  29. Auburn – 22
  30. Princeton – 14
  31. Kentucky – 11
  32. Northwestern – 6.5
  33. Notre Dame – 5
  34. Towson/Wisconsin/SMU- 4
  35. —-
  36. —-
  37. Utah – 2

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alice wright belknap
10 months ago

Where can I find complete list of team final finishes ?

IUfan
10 months ago

This was a really fun NCAAs, not only because of the fast times, but also because so many schools are becoming more competitive. I believe the top 8 teams each had at least 1 individual ncaa champion. Pretty crazy!

Last edited 10 months ago by IUfan
Grant Drukker
10 months ago

Feel like it hasn’t been said, but the SS photo curse struck again.

Ledecky forever
Reply to  Grant Drukker
10 months ago

SS photo curse was broken during the Olympics, with several swimmers won their event after being featured.

But obviously Swimswam has reinforced the curse since then

Admin
Reply to  Ledecky forever
10 months ago

SS photo curse couldn’t clear COVID controls to get into Tokyo.

Ole 99
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

So Michael Andrew is not only a swimmer but also the SS photo curse???

PFA
10 months ago

Just wanted to mention an interview from the Texas foursome at least with the seniors. -Drew Kibler just made the announcement that he’s committed through Paris questioned everything though last summer.
-CA said depending on San Antonio next week he’s retiring based on what happens then.
-DK was not too sure right now on what his future is in the sport. Think he said that he is focusing on finishing his major for the moment.

Grant Drukker
Reply to  PFA
10 months ago

Did Kibler say he’s going pro or 5Y?

PFA
Reply to  Grant Drukker
10 months ago

He did not comment on that specifically he’s taking it one step at a time starting with San Antonio

Backstrokebro
10 months ago

Krueger with the redemption 41.00, +0.09 reaction time to boot

Grant Drukker
10 months ago

Way too earlier, but let’s start speculating. What’s cal gonna do next year?

They need a butterflier.

Their freshman coming in are good, but freshman usually don’t contribute.

Does Hugo come back? Is he allowed?
What about Reece? Still feel like he has more to give.

I feel like next year could be the year NC State finally breaks out from 4th and into the top too.

Ledecky forever
Reply to  Grant Drukker
10 months ago

Hugo still have one more year of eligibility, it’s up to him now.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Grant Drukker
10 months ago

I thought Dare Rose was great, just needs some more continued improvement and I think Hugo is allowed to come back, thought he was just a senior.

swimmerTX
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
10 months ago

Dare has improved so much already. Sprint group doing him wonders, pretty sure he was recruited as mid-dist/200 fly. Hell, last year he swam the 500 on the first day of NCAAs

Grant Drukker
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
10 months ago

Rose made huge strides this year.

Swammer
Reply to  Grant Drukker
10 months ago

NC State is looking very dangerous for next season. They return all of their heavy hitters, while Cal, Texas, and Florida all lose key top end talent.

PFA
10 months ago

Someone please tell me they clipped the video of the Dave durden interview

Big Mac #1
10 months ago

Astonishing durden didn’t slip getting in the pool