Andrew Seliskar Becomes 5th Man Ever to Break 1:40 in 200 IM

2019 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar got off to a great start in his individual events at the 2019 Men’s NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. In prelims on Thursday morning, Seliskar dropped half a second to take top seed for finals in the 200 IM, posting a blistering 1:39.90. That makes him the 5th man ever to break 1:40 in the event. The American Record remains a 1:38.13 done by Florida’s Caeleb Dressel in 2018.

Seliskar’s splits:

  • Fly- 21.87
  • Back- 24.83
  • Breast- 28.52
  • Free- 24.68
  • Final Time- 1:39.90

Seliskar’s time was a new Pool Record, breaking the former mark of 1:40.58 set in 2014 by Florida’s Marcin Cieslak. Also under the former Pool Record was Indiana’s Vini Lanza, the 2nd fastest through prelims with a lifetime best 1:40.23. If Seliskar wins this race tonight, it’ll be his first individual NCAA title.

Seliskar is now the 4th fastest performer ever in this event and his prelims performance was the 4th fastest swim in history. Lanza is now the #9 performer all-time with the 10th fastest performance ever. The 5th fastest performer ever will also be in the mix tonight, as NC State’s Andreas Vazaios, who broke 1:40 at the 2018 NCAA meet, is the 3rd qualifier for finals with a 1:40.62.

ALL TIME TOP 10 PERFORMERS – MEN’S 200 IM

Place Swimmer Time
1 Caeleb Dressel 1:38.13
2 David Nolan 1:39.38
3 Jan Switkowski 1:39.54
4 Andrew Seliskar 1:39.90
5 Andreas Vazaios 1:39.97
6 Will Licon 1:40.04
7 Ryan Lochte 1:40.08
8 Josh Prenot 1:40.14
9 Vini Lanza 1:40.23
10 Ryan Murphy 1:40.27 (T-10)
10 Mark Szaranek 1:40.27 (T-10)

ALL TIME TOP 10 PERFORMANCES – MEN’S 200 IM

Place Swimmer Time
1 Caeleb Dressel 1:38.13
2 David Nolan 1:39.38
3 Jan Switkowski 1:39.54
4 Andrew Seliskar 1:39.90
5 Andreas Vazaios 1:39.97
6 Will Licon 1:40.04
7 David Nolan 1:40.07
8 Ryan Lochte 1:40.08
9 Will Licon 1:40.09
10 Josh Prenot 1:40.14
10 Vini Lanza 1:40.23

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Coach Mike 1952

This is going to be an exciting race tonight. Interestingly, a number of years ago before Rio & during his suspension, MP swam an exhibition 200 SCY IM in this same pool & did a 1:40+ as well. I don’t believe the time would have made this list anymore though even if it was not exhibition. This event has gotten so much quicker.

Becky D

Going under 1:40 requires fast turns.

Mr Piano

Phelps’s focus was on long course, it would have been interesting to see the records he could put up at the NCAAs. He could go 1:40 untapered and unshaved in 2015! Probably a 1:37 at the 2008 NCAAs

swim

i love you andrew seliskar

Pvdh

Imagine being a lifelong IMer and then a sprint freestyler comes in and booms your event.

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