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
The California men have mathematically clinched the 2019 NCAA team title after the 200 breaststroke.
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.
Haas was aiming to be the first man in history to four-peat in the 200 free.
NC State’s Coleman Stewart is in the hunt for two NCAA titles tonight, though the marquee matchup is a heavyweight title bout between Townley Haas and Andrew Seliskar for the 200 free title, perhaps the team title and perhaps even Swimmer of the Meet honors.
We could have four of five repeat winners from 2018 in individual events today… but not many of them look like sure things. Indiana’s Ian Finnerty is probably the best bet, after going 49.60 on his 100 breast split last night.
Tonight’s 100 back final could see the 2nd man to ever break 44 seconds, as Dean Farris, Coleman Stewart, and John Shebat all prepare to race for the title.
Watch Andrew Seliskar break the 200 IM championship record and swim 2nd-fastest time in history.
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.
Ian Finnerty clocked one of the fastest breaststroke splits in history to help the Indiana Hoosiers get under the 3:00 mark in tonight’s 400 medley relay
The Cal senior torched the field to the tune of a 28.0 breaststroke split, riding incredibly long, powerful underwater pullouts to a big lead. He closed in 24.0 (also the best split in the field) to go 1:38.14
The first two days of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships have seen an assault on the Texas Swim Center pool records, with several of those broken records been American or U.S. Open Records at the time they were set.
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.