Florida Margin Of Victory: +0.23 Florida Margin On Exchanges Over Texas: +0.45

Yanyan Li
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March 23rd, 2022 College, News



200 medley relay

  • NCAA Record: Texas (2017): 1:21.54
  • NCAA Meet Record: Texas (2017): 1:21.54
  • American Record: Cal (2018): 1:21.88
  • US Open Record: Texas (2017): 1:21.54
  • Pool Record: Louisville (2022): 1:21.84

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Florida- 1:21.13
  2. Texas- 1:21.36
  3. Cal/NC State- 1:21.69
  4. —-
  5. Alabama- 1:22.04
  6. Arizona State- 1:22.25
  7. Lousville- 1:22.29
  8. Stanford- 1:22.41

Both Florida and Texas were under the old men’s 200 medley relay NCAA, US Open, and American record of 1:21.54 to open up night 1 of the 2022 NCAA D1 Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, and although Florida was only 0.23 seconds faster than Texas overall, their relay exchanges were 0.45 seconds faster, almost twice as much as the overall gap.

The Gators’ aggregate exchange time was +0.27, while the Longhorns’ was +0.72.

A breakdown of the relay exchanges is shown here:

Florida Texas
Back Adam Chaney– 20.19 Anthony Grimm– 20.65
Breast Dillon Hillis– 23.20 (r: 0.15) Caspar Corbeau– 22.55 (r: 0.21)
Fly Eric Friese– 19.36 (r: 0.00) Alvin Jiang– 20.08 (r: 0.29)
Free Will Davis– 18.38 (r: 0.12) Cameron Auchinachie– 18.08 (r: 0.22)
Total 1:21.13 (r: 0.27) 1:21.36 (r: 0.72)

As you can see from above, Texas’s relay exchange times were slower on every single leg of their relay, which could very well have been the reason why they finished behind Florida. In an event where everyone is only swimming a 50, it is clear that every second counts.

On both legs, there were some fast splits. On the Florida side, Chaney went the third-fastest 50 back of all time with a 20.19, and Eric Freise’s 19.36 fly split tied Joseph Schooling for the fastest fly split ever. For Texas, Caspar Corbeau‘s 20.55 was unofficially the second fastest 50 breast split of all time behind Max McHugh’s 22.40, although it is officially the fastest because McHugh’s split is not in the USA Swimming database. In addition, Cameron Auchinachie‘s 18.08 anchor makes him the fourth fastest performer of all time in terms of 50 free relay splits.

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8 months ago

Details matter!!!

Alan Smith
8 months ago

Nice to see Florida doing so well now that Troy left!

8 months ago

Leave it to y’all “Texas doesn’t win but swims better it’s just relay exchanges that got UF the win”

Just let UF have this. Get all the fanboying over Texas out on the 800 articles

Reply to  Swammer16
8 months ago

Imagine being so fragile that sports analysts analyzing the difference between two teams triggers you this hard.

A normal person would read this and say something like “yeah we worked really hard on our relay exchanges, and it paid off!”

Turns out, relay exchanges are a real and actual skill in swimming, and y’all did it better than Texas. Congrats! Stop being so mad about it.

This comment is like going on a Warriors fan page and saying “it’s so like ESPN to say that the Warriors won the title because they have the best 3 point percentage in the league. Go fanboy on the Rick Barry article. Can’t you just give them credit for winning??”

too fly
Reply to  Swammer16
8 months ago

Tbh I fanboy over fast relay exchanges. They’re part of the race, and being better at them makes your team better

8 months ago

Went ahead and did the math because I was curious, if you used Corbeau and Auchinachie’s splits from Texas and used Chaney and Friese’s splits from Florida, it would have resulted in a 1:20.18. Throw in Seeliger’s 20.08 backstroke leg and you bring it down to 1:20.07. That means we were one level of separation away in regards to “fastest performers of all time” on the freestyle to get a hypothetical sub-1:20 200 medley relay; if Auchinachie’s 18.08 was subbed for any other performer faster than him, it would have resulted in a breaking of the barrier. In fact, if you subbed in Kristian Gkolomeev’s 18.00 from back in 2016 (which is the next fastest performer in history ahead of… Read more »

1650 Onetrick
Reply to  connor
8 months ago

If you swap out Corbeau for McHugh and lower that hypothetical relay a further 0.15

8 months ago

Many say underwater are the 5Th stroke. These people should focus on relay exchanges

8 months ago

I’m gonna call this the Caleb Dressel effect, having him there in Florida naturally makes everyone’s starts faster and better

Reply to  Justhereforfun
8 months ago

Dressel’s start is so good because he’s more explosive than everyone else.

He may be giving some start tips to his teammates but he can’t teach explosiveness to his teammates.

8 months ago

Is one of the Texas guys not a US citizen? Or is that an American record. I looked at their roster and it looks like they all went to HS in the US.

Reply to  Yanyan Li
8 months ago

He’s Dutch American… born in the USA.

Does it go off what country you compete international with? I would think not.

Reply to  R&R
8 months ago

Always has, always will

Ledecky forever
Reply to  R&R
8 months ago

“Does it go off what country you compete international with?”


Reply to  Yanyan Li
8 months ago

Thanks. Saw you posted an article shortly after the question.

Salty Sailing Swimmer
8 months ago

Looks like Hunter Armstrong missed his turn. That’s a shame he would’ve gone 19.

Reply to  Salty Sailing Swimmer
8 months ago

Everyone else would have gone 19 too if they would have touched the wall sooner. Such a shame.

1650 Onetrick
Reply to  Eagleswim
8 months ago

Yeah but Hunter Armstrong is built different

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Yanyan Li

Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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