Backstroke Leadoff Splits Shatter Records on Night One of NCAAs

2022 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Night one of the NCAA Championships started off with a bang, with four of the five fastest 200 medley relays of all time coming in tonight’s finals.

Leading the way for many of those relays were some of the fastest 50 backstroke splits of all time, including the THREE fastest 50 backs of all time and six of the top 12 performers of all time.

The first fireworks came in the second to last heat, with Cal’s Bjoern Seeliger leading off in a 20.08, and NC States Kacper Stokowski leading off in a 20.16, the two fastest of all time. Cal and NC State ended up tying for third in 1:21.69, the fourth fastest 200 medley relay of all time. In the final heat, Florida sophomore Adam Chaney led off in 20.19, the now-third fastest 50 back of all time to help lead the Gators to the NCAA title in 1:21.13, breaking the NCAA and US Open Records in the process.

In total, five of the fastest 10 men’s 50 backstrokers of all time put up their top times this evening. Behind the aforementioned Seeliger, Stokowski and Chaney, Harvard’s Dean Farris led off Harvard’s 9th place 200 medley relay in 20.36, making him the 7th fastest performer in history. Lousiville’s Nicolas Albiero led off in a 20.59, making him the 11th fastest performer ever and Alabama’s Matthew Menke led off in 20.60, now the 12th fastest performer of all time.

All Time Top 10 Performers 50 backstroke (bolded swum this evening):

  1. Bjoern Seeliger (Cal): 20.08
  2. Kacper Stokowski (NC State): 20.16
  3. Adam Chaney (Florida): 20.19
  4. Ryan Murphy (Cal): 20.20
  5. Zane Waddell (Alabama): 20.22
  6. Junya Koga (Club Wolverine): 20.35
  7. Dean Farris (Harvard): 20.36
  8. Connor Olsin (Alabama): 20.39
  9. Hunter Armstrong (Ohio State): 20.45
  10. Anthony Grimm (Texas): 20.55
  11. Nicolas Albiero (Louisville): 20.59
  12. Matthew Menke (Alabama): 20.60

 

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Terry Watts
10 months ago

I might be able to do a 25 that fast…

chinnychenchen
10 months ago

Bjorn’s gonna have a hell of a meet…

  • 18 low in the 50
  • 43.xx in the 100 back
  • 40.xx in the 100 free

are all possible

Last edited 10 months ago by chinnychenchen
BearlyBreathing
Reply to  chinnychenchen
10 months ago

If you just jinxed it I’m gonna kick your ass.

chinnychenchen
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
10 months ago

🙁 I hope not, I’m really rooting for Cal to take this

Snarky
Reply to  chinnychenchen
10 months ago

Except Dean’s already done that

Guy
10 months ago

Connor Olson is the 🐐

Guy
Reply to  Guy
10 months ago

Oslin *

Jonny Newsom
10 months ago

It’s weird who have a guy on our team that is faster than Murph in the 50 and 3 weeks ago most of us didn’t even know he could swim backstroke. #BackstrokeU

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
10 months ago

I’m split 50/50
Really jazzed Seeliger is a legitimate threat in 3 events
Really wondering wtf Durden was thinking last year

PVSFree
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
10 months ago

According to Coleman on the SwimSwam breakdown, Bjorn didn’t even know how to do a backstroke start until 3 weeks ago. Murph had to teach him.

Wethorn
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

That’s freaking urban legend freaky.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

OK that sounded too good to be true so I was curious.
According to Wikipedia, he holds the Swedish record for 50 m backstroke.
I haven’t researched further than this.

jeff
10 months ago

and I thought the womens 50 back leadoffs were impressive

I wonder if we’ll see the same story play out in the 100 back with Murphy’s SCY record being shattered like Regan Smith’s was

Last edited 10 months ago by jeff
Swammer
10 months ago

Albiero?

Swammer
10 months ago

I don’t want stroke 50’s at ncaas just the 50back

Swimm
10 months ago

You’re missing Matt Menke from Alabama in your list. He went 20.60 tonight. Also, Connor Oslin from Alabama went 20.3 years ago

Last edited 10 months ago by Swimm
Swimm
Reply to  Swimm
10 months ago

20.39 from 2017 NCAAs