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
Joseph Schooling of the Texas Longhorns set the third individual NCAA record of the 2016 NCAA Championships, exploding off the blocks and carrying impressive speed off the final wall to clock a 44.01, under the previous standard of 44.18 from Stanford’s Austin Staab.
The sophomore Singapore national established an early lead with a 20.46 opening 50, clearing Staab’s 20.56, which marked the fastest opening 50 in history. Despite appearing to tighten up slightly over the final 10-12 yards (runner-up Caeleb Dressel appeared to close the gap just a bit), Schooling got his hands on the fall nearly two tenths under the record.
As if an NCAA record wasn’t impressive enough, Staab’s 44.18 was swam in a full-body Speedo LZR in the super-suit era of 2008-2009.
A comparison of the splits:
Staab, 2009 NCAA’s (College Station): 9.59, 20.56 [10.97], 32.27 [11.71], 44.18 [11.71])
Schooling, 2016 NCAA’s (Atlanta): 20.46, 44.01 [23.55]
Due to Schooling’s international representation, Staab still holds the American record.