Night 4 at defied expectations. There was only one place in the top 4 in any of the 5 individual events that was picked correctly by more than 50% of entries
Cal’s Andrew Seliskar has always been a versatile force to be reckoned with, but until 2 days ago, he had never won an individual NCAA title.
The big showdown of the day is probably Andrew Seliskar vs. Ian Finnerty in the 200 breast. Seliskar is 2-for-2 in wins and the favorite for Swimmer of the Meet, but needs to avenge a loss to Finnerty last year to remain perfect in his individuals this week.
Cal had a huge morning, with top qualifying spots in 3 of 5 swimming events. That includes Andrew Seliskar, searching for his first-ever individual NCAA title after becoming the fifth man ever under 1:40 in the 200 IM this morning.
How did your picks perform on Day 2? Did you beat your friends?
Seliskar turned heads as he missed Caeleb Dressel’s American Record by just a hundredth.
The Cal bears look to bounce back from their 3rd place finish in the 800 free relay, with Andrew Seliskar and Ryan Hoffer leading the charge with top seeds.
Fresh off the fastest relay-start 200 free in history, Townley Haas will look to defend his NCAA title in the 500 free, battling top-seeded Felix Auboeck for position this morning. The two should swim in the same prelims heat.
In prelims on Thursday morning, Seliskar dropped half a second to take top seed for finals in the 200 IM.
Townley Haas’s 1:29.66 anchor was the first time in history anyone has gone under 1:30 with a relay start.
The reigning 100 backstroke champion returns as NC State’s Coleman Stewart is the top seed heading into NCAAs.
Three of the top-5 performers all-time in the men’s 200 yard butterfly are returning to the NCAA Championship this year, not one of them American.
As we tick down the days to the 2019 Men’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
NC State senior Andreas Vazaios is the fastest returner in the men’s 200 IM field – the only competitor with a lifetime best under 1:40.
Conference Championships brought some major shakeups to our final edition men’s Power Ranks, though our #1 rank continues to be an uneasy split between Texas and Cal.