Hoffer Splits 18.06, Cal Swims #3 200 Free Relay Performance Ever – 1:14.36

2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
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Cal won the 200 free relay tonight in a blazing-fast 1:14.36, led by a monster 18.06 second leg from senior Ryan Hoffer. That time is the third-best 200 free relay performance ever, behind Auburn in 2009 and Stanford in 2009. It’s also a new school record, cutting down the old record by a tenth.

SPLITS

Hoffer’s split is the 14th-best split of all time, while Caeleb Dressel holds 11 of the top 12 fastest splits (and five of the top six). Hoffer’s split makes him the fourth-best performer behind Dressel, Vladimir Morozov and Kristian Gkolomeev.

Bjorn Seeliger was 18.72 leading off, the Swedish freshman hitting a lifetime best, before Hoffer hit his 18.06, which was followed by an 18.51 from Daniel Carr. At his first NCAAs, senior Nate Biondi anchored them to the win at 19.07, holding off a charging Florida team that touched second in 1:14.48 tonight.

Eric Friese of Florida was fantastic anchoring them and making it a close race, splitting 18.38 on the end. Florida moves to the #6 spot on the all-time performance list.

Tonight, Cal surpassed Florida’s Dressel-led 1:14.39, which was the fastest swim sans super suits in history.

TOP 200 FREE RELAY PERFORMANCES, ALL-TIME

  1. Auburn – 1:14.08 (2009)
  2. Stanford – 1:14.22 (2009)
  3. Cal – 1:14.36 (2021)
  4. Florida – 1:14.39 (2018)
  5. Cal – 1:14.46 (2019)
  6. Florida – 1:14.48 (2021)

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Ragnar
2 months ago

Bjorn is gonna be a danger to everybody next year at NCAAs. 18.72 as a freshmen is special

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  Ragnar
2 months ago

He is 21 and 6’8
not like most freshmen

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
2 months ago

Regardless he has 3 more years.

Last edited 2 months ago by BearlyBreathing
Swimmer
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
2 months ago

He’s an international swimmer and has probably not fully adjusted to yards yet. There’s more to come from Bear Seeliger

Crimson
2 months ago

That Auburn record is so fast.

DCSwim
Reply to  Crimson
2 months ago

Such a shame they’re nowhere to be seen these days

Mikeh
2 months ago

I hope this is a breakout meet for Hoffer. He deserves it, he can be even more elite than he already is.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Mikeh
2 months ago

……everybody looking up his LCM times and re-evaluating prospects for Oly team

Last edited 2 months ago by Austinpoolboy

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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