Previews & Recaps
The story of this year’s NCAA championships was the performance of Cal’s sophomores.
Cal won the NCAA title last weekend, and they were good enough that they look like early favorites for next year too.
After winning their first NCAA team title since 2014, the Cal Bears moved up in the all-time rankings for the total team championships won.
After spending the entire year tracking and projecting the men’s NCAA Championships, it’s time to look back at how our Power Ranks held up. Spoiler alert: it’s not great, thanks to major overperformers like Harvard and Ohio State.
NC State’s Andreas Vazaios used some massive underwaters to defend his 200 fly title and give NC State its first event win of the meet in the very last individual event
Cal scored 560, the 9th most points any men’s team has ever scored at NCAA’s and the most by any team at this meet since 2004
Texas made a bold relay call, swapping out freshman Drew Kibler (who has generally been good on relays this week) for John Shebat
Cal scored 560, the 9th most points any men’s team has ever scored at NCAA’s and the most by any team at this meet since 2007
Texas’s John Shebat blasted a huge front half to lead the 200 back field, hurting near the end but hanging on and holding off teammate and defending champ Austin Katz by a hair at the wall
Last spring, the debate was Reece Whitley vs. Drew Kibler for the #1-ranked recruit in the nation. Turns out, neither of them were the highest-scoring freshman at NCAAs. Say hello to Minnesota’s Max McHugh.
The Cal men, for the first time in program history, had an A finalist in every swimming event at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Two of the better predictions revolved around John Shebat in his non-backstroke events.
Five more Texas pool records were broken on the final day of the 2019 Men’s NCAA Championships, leaving only four records untouched after the four days of competition.
This year was all about 2nd chances for 1st times