Russell Wood comes in as the top seed in both the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Natalie Coughlin, Ryan Murphy, Tom Shields, and Elizabeth Beisel will also be among the deep lineup of foreign swimmers attending the country’s semi-open Olympic and Paralympic Trials.
Texas sophomore Joseph Schooling crushed the first-ever 1:37 in the 200 fly to cap a wild final session of the 2016 NCAA Championships and seal the team title for the Longhorns.
Tim Binning, SwimSwam’s chief photographer for Men’s NCAAs, snapped some quality shots from this morning’s prelims session. The photo vault contains the usual suspects, plus, some fresh Division I mid-major faces.
The Texas men are in position to defend their NCAA title, but the battle for the rest of the top 5 spots could get interesting. Cal and Florida are separated by 16 points right now, with the Golden Bears sitting in 2nd.
Following day 2, the Longhorns have the lead, followed by Florida, Cal, NC State, and Michigan. We could see a few shifts in the team placing tonight. Cal will bring back the most A-finalists, with 5 ups and 3 downs.
The team race intensifies as NC state slightly out swims Texas during the Thursday morning session of the 2016 NCAA DI Championships.
Texas took down the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records with 6:08.03 to win the event.
The individual lineups for the 800 free relays have dropped at the 2016 men’s NCAA Championships, with most of the expected names on the list, including Texas duo Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger.
Georgia sophomore Gunnar Bentz will be looking to move up from last year’s 8th-place finish in the 200 IM at NCAA’s, but he’ll likely have to spar against a star-studded cast of fellow returners: Will Licon, Josh Prenot, Ryan Murphy, and Dylan Bosch
Since finishing 12th last season, NC State has improved their 200 medley relay tremendously. The Wolfpack put up a 1:23.19 at ACCs, to take the top seed heading into NCAAs.
Ryan Murphy of Cal will look to win his third consecutive NCAA title in the men’s 200 backstroke.
Live Recap of the day 2 finals at the Men’s Pac-12 Championships.
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USC’s Reed Malone will be a key factor in determining whether or not the Trojans can defend their conference title.