2019 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Mar. 27 – Mar. 30, 2019
- Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
- SCY (Short Course Yards)
- Champion: California (6x)
The California men came into the 2019 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships looking to break Texas’s streak of NCAA titles, with Texas winning the last four and Cal coming in second each time. The Cal Golden Bears were looking to win their first title since 2014. You can watch the available race videos from the meet below.
Top 10 Teams
- California: 560
- Texas: 475
- Indiana: 385.5
- NC State: 307
- Louisville: 212
- Florida: 164
- Alabama: 142
- Harvard: 132
- Ohio State: 124
- Virginia: 106
New NCAA Records
- Townley Haas (Texas) – 500 free: 4:08.19
- Texas – 800 free relay: 6:05.08
- Dean Farris (Harvard) – 200 free: 1:29.15
800 free relay
- Texas: 6:05.08
- NC State: 6:06.63
- California: 6:07.31
The Texas Longhorns started their title defense with a win in the 800 free relay, finishing with a new NCAA record time of 6:05.08. The event featured two new NCAA records, as Dean Farris led-off the Harvard relay in a new record time of 1:29.15 in the previous heat.
Dean Farris Heat
200 free relay
- California: 1:14.46
- NC State: 1:14.78
- Texas: 1:15.11
Cal earned their first win of the meet in the 200 free relay, finishing ahead of NC State and Texas.
- Townley Haas (Texas): 4:08.19
- Sean Grieshop (California): 4:10.29
- Brooks Fail (Arizona): 4:10.77
Townley Haas set a new NCAA record in the 500 free, swimming a time of 4:08.19. Haas broke fellow Longhorn Clark Smith’s record time of 4:08.42, set at the 2017 NCAA Championships. The record has since been broken by Florida’s Kieren Smith at the SEC Championships in 2020 (4:06.32).
- Andrew Seliskar (California): 1:38.14
- Andreas Vazaios (NC State): 1:39.35
- John Shebat (Texas): 1:39.63
- Ryan Hoffer (California): 18.63
- Pawel Sendyk (California): 18.68
- Robert Howard (Alabama): 18.80
Cal went 1-2 in the 50 free, with Ryan Hoffer finishing .05 ahead of teammate Pawel Sendyk. Hoffer would go on to repeat his title with a win in 2021.
400 medley relay
- Indiana: 2:59.70
- California: 3:01.56
- Texas: 3:01.58
The Hoosiers dominated the 400 medley relay, winning by almost two seconds. Zach Apple had the fastest free split in the event, finishing with a time of 40.64. Apple was also the anchor for the Gold-medal and World Record team from the United States at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
- Abrahm DeVine (Stanford): 3:36.41
- Sean Grieshop (California): 3:37.03
- Mike Thomas (California): 3:37.52
Abrahm DeVine from Stanford defended his 400 IM title, with California swimmers finishing 2-3-5.
- Vini Lanza (Indiana): 44.37
- Coleman Stewart (NC State): 44.46
- Miles Smachlo (Michigan): 44.84
The Hoosiers earned another NCAA event win in the 100 fly. Senior Vini Lanza finished first in the event.
Despite setting the NCAA record earlier in the meet, Dean Farris did not swim the individual 200 free. Andrew Seliskar was able to pick up another individual event win in the race. Texas had three swimmers in the top 8, with freshman and future Olympian Drew Kibler finishing third.
IU continued their strong showing with another event, this time coming in the 100 breast. NCAA record holder Ian Finnerty won in a time of 49.85, coming up just shy of his record time of 49.69.
- Dean Farris (Harvard): 43.66
- Coleman Stewart (NC State): 43.98
- Mark Nikolaev (Grand Canyon): 44.33
200 medley relay
- Alabama: 1:22.26
- California: 1:22.43
- NC State: 1:22.47
The 200 medley relay was a tight race, with only three-tenths separating the top four teams. Alabama came away with the win in 1:22.26.
- Felix Auboeck (Michigan): 14:23.09
- Michael Brinegar (Indiana): 14:27.50
- Nick Norman (California): 14: 32.12
Dean Farris continued his excellent meet with another NCAA title, this time in the 100 free. Farris finished just .03 ahead of Minnesota’s Bowe Becker. Becker would go on to win a Gold medal in the 4 x 100 free relay at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Andrew Seliskar (California): 1:48.70
- Max McHugh (Minnesota): 1:49.41
- Ian Finnerty (Indiana): 1:49.90
Seliskar won his third individual title of the meet in the 200 breast, finishing in a time of 1:48.70. Future NCAA champion Max McHugh came in second, while 100 breast champion Ian Finnerty finished third.
NC State’s Andreas Vazaios finished ahead of 100 fly champion Vini Lanza in the 200 fly. Vazaios, who represented Greece at the Olympics in 2012, 2016, and 2020, also won the 200 fly at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
400 free relay
- Texas: 2:45.12
- NC State: 2:46.25
- California: 2:46.41
The meet ended the same way that it began, with Texas, NC State, and Cal going 1-2-3 in a relay. The Longhorns were able to win again in the 400 free relay, swimming a time of 2:45.12.