2023 Division I Men’s NCAA Championships: Day 4 Swims You Might’ve Missed


The 2022-23 college swimming season came to a close in thrilling fashion on Saturday night, highlighted by Arizona State sophomore Leon Marchand breaking his third NCAA record in as many days in the 200 breast (1:46.91) and Florida (2:44.07) edging Cal (2:44.08) as the two fastest 400 medley relay squads in history.

Lost amid the frenzy surrounding tonight’s record-breaking swims were several impressive performances by non-winners still worthy of mention.

NC State senior Ross Dant was a big question mark in the 1650 free after dealing with sickness during last month’s ACC Championships. He came into the race seeded 13th with a season-best time of 14:44.87 that he was a second off of at ACCs (14:45.57). Swimming in the early distance heats, Dant delivered on the big stage with a personal-best 14:30.32, good for second place in the overall standings behind junior teammate Will Gallant (14:28.94). Dant shaved nearly a second off his previous-best 14:31.17 from 2021. He went 14:31.71 at last year’s NCAA Championships.

In the 200 back, a trio of freshmen posted notable time drops. Arizona State freshman Hubert Kos entered the race seeded 9th with a 1:39.21 and took nearly a second off his lifetime best with a 1:38.25 in prelims. Kos still had more left in the tank for the final, dipping under 1:38 for the first time with a 1:37.96 for third place behind Cal’s Hugo Gonzalez (1:36.72) and Destin Lasco (1:35.87).

Notre Dame freshman Tommy Janton (1:39.45) and Southern Illinois freshman Ruard Van Renen (1:39.73) broke the 1:40 barrier in the 200 back for the first time, though Van Renen did so in prelims before adding about half a second in the final. Van Renen’s B-final win in the 100 back on Friday night gave Southern Illinois its first NCAA points since 1995. Janton arrived at Notre Dame last fall with a personal-best 1:42.00 from March of 2022.

In the 100 free, Ohio State junior Ruslan Gaziev got under 41 seconds for the first time during his fourth-place finish in 40.98. Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger (40.93), Jack Alexy (40.92), and Florida’s Josh Liendo (40.28) were the only other swimmers in the field who went sub-41. Gaziev had gone 41.34 in prelims, lowering his previous-best 41.38 from Big Tens.

Indiana sophomore Josh Matheny clocked a new lifetime best by more than half a second in the 200 breast, claiming fourth place with a 1:50.12. His previous best was a 1:50.65 from February of 2022 while his season-best this year was a 1:51.23 from Big Tens.

Cal junior Dare Rose dropped more than a second off his best 200 fly time during his fourth-place finish in 1:39.89. He came into today with a personal-best 1:41.01 from December’s Minnesota Invitational, lowering that mark to 1:40.00 in prelims before dropping again in the final.

The highest-placing swimmer from a non-Power Five school on Saturday night was Princeton senior Raunak Khosla, who won the B-final of the 200 fly with a 1:40.94. It was his first time under 1:41 after going 1:41.07 at last year’s NCAAs.

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6 months ago

Day 4 swims you didn’t miss:

Seeliger not even being the fastest cal bear in 100 free and selling the 4×1😂💀

6 months ago

Matheny dropping .5 is “one you missed”, but Caspar dropping 1.5 wasn’t?

Reply to  Binky
6 months ago

I think you’ve just proven that you didn’t miss Caspar’s swim, right? You noticed it?

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Did I misread the title? Swims Binky might have missed?

Michael Andrew Wilson
6 months ago

Matching 2:44s would have been AMAZING if they were indeed medley relay times, but alas they were free relay times. Still impressive.

6 months ago

This is my favorite men’s NCAA in recent memory. Amazing swims, unanticipated wins with what appears to be some storied teams re-emerging made for an incredible couple days.

And, FWIW, snap of the swim cap to SwimSwam for as usual fantastic fast coverage. As with any swim, there’s always room for article improvement, but all y’alls definitely delivered. Thank you.

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