2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
- McAuley Aquatic Center – Atlanta, GA
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday prelins & finals, Friday/Saturday prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live Results From Commit Swimming – Live Results from Hy-Tek
Former Bolles School teammates Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling and Caeleb Dressel have tied for the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Swimmer of the Year award for the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Picking between the three became increasingly difficult as the meet went on, and ultimately the CSCAA went with the easiest option: letting the three former club teammates share the award.
Each swimmer won two individual events and broke national records in both.
For Murphy, the award was about outright historical dominance. The Cal Golden Bear didn’t just win both backstrokes, he obliterated the fields and all of history. He twice broke the American 100 back record, taking it from 44.07 all the way to 43.49. He also became the first man ever under 1:36 in the 200 back, going 1:35.73 to become the fastest in history by more than a second.
Murphy also hit the fastest 50 back split ever, going 20.20 on the 200 medley relay.
For Schooling, the award coincides with one of the most dominant team efforts in NCAA history. Texas obliterated the competition this week, thanks in large part to Schooling’s efforts on all 5 relays, plus his U.S. Open records in the 100 and 200 flys. Schooling was 44.01 to take nearly two tenths off a 100 fly record from the super-suit era, then went 1:37.97 to become the first man under 1:38 in the 200 fly.
Schooling also put up the fastest 50 fly split in history (19.36), the fastest 100 fly split in history (43.34) and was on 3 winning relays, leading all swimmers with 5 total event wins.
For Dressel, the honor comes after the most sheer speed college swimming has ever seen. Dressel was both absurdly fast and incredibly consistent in the 50 free, swimming four of the five fastest 50 freestyles in history all within a single day on Thursday. Between 200 free relay leadoff legs and the individual 50 free, Dressel went 18.32, 18.29, 18.24 and 18.20, getting faster with each swim. He also broke the NCAA and U.S. Open 100 free records with a 40.46.
In addition, was second in the 100 fly, tying him with Texas’s Will Licon for the most individual points scored at 57. Dressel also tied for the second-best 50 free split in history, anchoring the 200 medley relay in 18.00.
Photo Vault – Bolles School Teammates
Here’s a quick lookback at a few photos stored in our vault back when the trio were Bolles School Sharks teammates: