2019 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 27 – Saturday, March 30
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, Texas
- Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Central Time)
- Defending champion: Texas (4x) (2018 results)
- Psych Sheet
- Live results
There weren’t any super-significant pre-session scratches before the first prelims session at the 2019 men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, but as the races began, more big names began to come off the board.
Louisville’s Zach Harting declared a false start in the men’s 500 free. He was the 42nd seed there in 4:18.22, and his focus races are the 100 and 200 butterflies, but his best time of 4:14.92 from last season would have been close to a scoring swim, even if he didn’t improve upon it.
Harting split an encouraging 1:31.14 on a rolling start on Wednesday evening’s 800 free relay for 6th-place Louisville. That’s almost a full second faster than he was on that same relay last year.
Also declaring a false start in the 500 free was Florida sophomore Erge Gezmis, who was the 33rd seed.
In the 200 IM, USC senior Patrick Mulcare declared a false start as the 55th seed. Like with Harting, that scratch doesn’t seem like a big deal on paper. But, Mulcare is better than that seed. His best time of 1:44.00 from the 2017 NCAA Championships would have missed finaling in 2018 by a second, but with two years of development, it’s not hard to project Mulcare as being able to drop a second in this race.
Remember that he slogged his way through the Pac-12 Championships, with a full beard in tow, and only (B) finaled in one of his 3 races: his primary event, the 200 back.
52nd seed Thomas Anderson of Arizona also declared a false start in that race.
Because of the nature of declared false starts, because those swimmers weren’t scratched before the scratch deadline, those events will still count as one of their 3 allotted individual events. That would preclude them from being used on all 5 of a team’s relays (unless they scratch, pre-scratch deadline, another event later in the meet). Last year, for example, Louisville used Harting on all 5 relays.