2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Live Results
Texas senior Clark Smith scratched (technically, a declared false start) the preliminaries of the 200 free Friday morning, leaving lane one of heat three empty, the morning after Smith swam the fastest 500 free ever, blasting a 4:08.42.
Today’s scratch, while notable, wasn’t too surprising. While Smith did make the B-final as a sophomore in 2015, swimming a 1:33.66 in prelims and finishing 11th overall, he’s clearly better at the the longer distances. Additionally, Smith appeared to be favoring one leg one while walking around the deck after last night’s swim, and giving him an extra day of rest before the mile tomorrow make sense. Right now, it doesn’t look like Texas is going to need the points, and even if they do, a rested Smith may make up any points he may have earned today in the mile tomorrow.
It’s not as if the Longhorns will be lacking for points in the 200 free, though. Sophomore Townley Haas, the top performer all-time in the event, cruised to a top seed this morning. Smith’s scratch (assuming he would have made a final) allowed Texas sophomore Jeff Newkirk to sneak into the B-final, as he finished 16th in a personal best of 1:33.58.