2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap



The final collegiate championship meet of the year is finally upon us, with the Division I Men’s Championships kicking off this evening at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The timed finals session will start tonight at 6 PM EST.

Tonight’s session will be short but action-packed, with the timed finals of the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay set to kick off the meet.

The Louisville Cardinals come in as the top seed in the 200 medley relay with a 1:21.84, the only team that has been under the 1:22 barrier this year, thanks in large part to a massive 19.50 fly split from Dalton Lowe at ACCs. Louisville took a huge blow yesterday, however, as their anchor, Abdelrahman Elaraby was scratched from the meet. That will leave head coach Athur Albiero with an interesting choice to make, as the Cardinals left his son, 5th year senior Nicolas, off their 200 medley relay at ACCs.

Louisville is the current pool record holder, breaking the record last month at ACCs. A slew of teams sit tightly bunched behind Louisville, with Florida, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama all seeded between 1:22.06 and 1:22.28. Notably, the Cal Bears, who project to contend for the team title, will swim in the second to last heat after coming in as the 12th seed with a 1:23.26.

The Arizona State Sun Devils come in as the top seed in the 800 free relay with their 6:07.51, which earned them the Pac 12 title. They are led by senior Grant House, who also comes in as the top seed in the individual 200 free. Florida, NC State, Stanford and Texas will all be in hot pursuit, coming in seeded with 6:08s. The Longhorns are the defending champions in this event and also hold the NCAA record in 6:05.08 from 2017.

200 medley relay

  • NCAA Record: Texas (2017): 1:21.54
  • NCAA Meet Record: Texas (2017): 1:21.54
  • American Record: Cal (2018): 1:21.88
  • US Open Record: Texas (2017): 1:21.54
  • Pool Record: Louisville (2022): 1:21.84

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Florida- 1:21.13
  2. Texas- 1:21.36
  3. Cal/NC State- 1:21.69
  4. —-
  5. Alabama- 1:22.04
  6. Arizona State- 1:22.25
  7. Lousville- 1:22.29
  8. Stanford- 1:22.41

In a thrilling final heat, Florida beat Texas at the touch to take the NCAA title in 1:21.13, the fastest time in history. The Gators were led off by Adam Chaney who split 20.19. He was followed by Dillon Hillis’ 23.20, Eric Friese’s 19.36 fly split and Will Davis’ 18.38 anchor. Friese’s fly split ties him with Joseph Schooling for the fastest 50 fly split of all time.

Texas was also under the old NCAA and US Open Record with their 1:21.36. Anthony Grimm led off in 20.65, and was followed by Caspar Corbeau (22.55), Alvin Jiang (20.08) and Cameron Auchinachie (18.08).

In total, four of the fastest five 200 medley relays in history came from this field tonight.

The first heat went to the University of Virginia, who touched in 1:22.97, with Matt Brownstead leading off in on 20.93 the backstroke leg for the Cavaliers, Noah Nichols splitting 23.23, Matt King splitting 19.94 on the fly and Augustus Lamb closing in 18.87. That is over a full second drop from their seed, and they touched just before Auburn, who also had a large drop to touch in 1:23.25.

Harvard’s Dean Farris fired an early warning shot in heat two, leading off Harvard’s relay in 20.36, the 6th fastest 50 back of all time and the 5th fastest ever NCAA split. He was followed by Jared Simpson, who split 23.38 on the breast. Junior Umit Gures then followed up with a 19.81 fly split and Raphael Marcoux closed in 18.87.  their time of 1:22.42 now sits atop the rankings with two heats remaining. That swim also destroys the previous Ivy League record by over a second and a half.

Heat three provided some massive fireworks, with both Cal and NC State tying for the top time in 1:21.69, faster than any team coming into the meet. Cal led off with Bjoern Seeliger, who blasted a 20.08 for the fastest 50 back of all time. He was followed by Liam Bell (22.77), Trenton Julian (20.12) and Daniel Carr (18.78). NC State was led off by Kacper Stokowski, the 2nd fastest of all time behind Seeliger. Rafal Kusto then spit 23.22, Nyls Korstanje split 19.55 on fly and David Curtiss closed in 18.76. Those swims tie for the second fastest of all time, behind only Texas. It also sets a new Pac 12 record for Cal and a new ACC record for NC State.

800 free relay

  • NCAA Record: Texas (2019): 6:05.08
  • NCAA Meet Record: Texas (2019): 6:05.08
  • American Record: Texas (2019): 6:05.08
  • US Open Record: Texas (2019): 6:05.08
  • Pool Record: Texas (2016): 6:08.03

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Texas: 6:03.89
  2. Georgia: 6:05.59
  3. Stanford: 6:06.83
  4. Cal: 6:06.98
  5. Arizona State: 6:07.32
  6. NC State: 6:08.22
  7. Florida: 6:09.01
  8. Louisville: 6:10.59

The University of Texas dominated the final heat, blasting a new NCAA and American record with a 6:03.89, becoming the first team under 6:05 AND 6:04. Senior Olympian Drew Kibler led off in 1:30.54 and handed to Coby Carrozza who split 1:31.46 in the second leg. Luke Hobson then split 1:30.84 in the third leg and Carson Foster anchored in 1:31.05.

Georgia, swimming out of lane 7, held the lead through the halfway point in the race and touched second in 6:05.59, just off of Texas’ 2019 NCAA record. They were led off by freshman Matt Sates in 1:30.78, who then passed to sophomore Luca Urlando who split a 1:30.58. Zach Hils split 1:32.27 on the third leg and Jake Magahey anchored in 1:31.96.

Also of note, Stanford opted to use superstar freshman Andrei Minakov on the leadoff leg after leaving him off of this relay at Pac 12s. The gamble paid off with a third place finish of 6:-6.83, nearly two seconds faster than their seed. Minakov led off in 1:31.49, and was followed by Luke Maurer (1:32.60), Ron Polonsky (1:31.37) and Preston Forst (1:31.36). Their Pac 12 rivals Cal dropped three seconds from their seed to finish 4th out of lane eight.

Top seed Arizona State improved slightly from their seed, touching in 6:07.32 to take 5th. They were led by freshman anchor Leon Marchand, who split 1:29.96, the only other sub-1:30 split in the field after Dean Farris.

After leading off Harvard’s 800 in American Record fashion three years ago, Dean Farris opted to swim the second leg for the Crimson tonight. He was out quick in 20.13 at the 50 and 42.86 at the 100, but faded hard on the last 50 to split 1:29.85. While Harvard had the lead at the halfway point after Farris’ split, the Ohio State Buckeyes pulled ahead on the final leg to win the second heat in 6:14.54. The Buckeyes led off with Ruslan Gaziev’s 1:33.11, and he was followed by Hunter Armstrong (1:32.18), Alex Quach (1:35.17) and Shaw Satterfield (1:34.08). The Buckeye’s 6:14.54 was nearly four seconds faster than their seed coming into the meet.

Heat one went to Texas A&M in 6:19.54, just a half second off of their seed time.

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Jack webster
2 years ago

Can’t imagine “fading hard” on a 200 and splitting 1:29

Reply to  Jack webster
2 years ago

I am awaiting the claims that Ferris is washed up, should have retired, isn’t training seriously any more..

2 years ago

Oh my god, can we get Beisel back on deck to do the post-swim interviews?

2 years ago

UVA was seeded to have 10 points after tonight. They have 22.

2 years ago

I believe this is the first year the 2MDR has been on the first day at NCAAs. That is a huge reason why all the times were so fast.

The times have been way faster on the 8FRR ever since they moved it to day 1 as well.

It’s possible that many swimmers aren’t actually faster but more fresh.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

I think that’s fair. I’ve wondered what would happen if that started rotating the relays every few years. What kind of times would we see if the 400 free relay was the very first event rather than the very last?

mens ncaa> every other sport
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
2 years ago

Dressel 38.9 18.5 20.4

Reply to  mens ncaa> every other sport
2 years ago

what is the 20.4 for dressel? 100 free 38.9 i see. 18.5 50 fly i see too. 20.4 what?

Konner Scott
Reply to  Curious
2 years ago

Those are the splits for that 38.9

2 years ago

Luca had a great LC 200 coming in to college. With how much of the race he does underwater in SC it might not mean too much, but I hope he can go 1:45 at trials. We need some people to step up for that relay.

Ledecky forever
2 years ago

Rowdy needs to go like 3 Olympics ago

2 years ago

Popovici opened his season earlier in the day with a 48.50 in the 100.

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Sir, this is a Wendy’s.

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

While yes that’s pretty awesome not the right article for that

Reply to  PFA
2 years ago

Which article would you prefer? There is no right article for it.

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

To be fair there is no article for that yet

2 years ago

Ohio State coaches have got to figure out the double taper with Hunter. .7 slower in a 50 after being way off for the Olympics. No reason for him to be that all in on a conference meet with how good he is.

Reply to  oxyswim
2 years ago

It looked like he missed his turn but I’m not sure

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

You’re right. I went back and watched it again. Something happened when he tried to push off and got nothing out of it. Premature in my criticism.