It’s a tale of two classes for the men: the current junior class has been pretty lackluster, especially among our top-20 ranked recruits. But the current sophomores, led by #1 recruit Ryan Hoffer of Cal, have been outstanding through two years.
With 50 yard to go in Friday’s finals session, Texas was primed to cut Cal’s points lead down to just 29. But Cal anchor Ryan Hoffer had other plans.
Andrew Seliskar and the California Golden Bears are your winners of the 2019 Men’s NCAA Championships
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.
Carson Sand (200 breaststroke) is one of 10 individual Cal swimmers to earn a second swim on Saturday
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.
Cal inched closer to ending Texas’s title run tonight. Cal own a 43 point lead and are seeded to score 28 more swimming points than Texas tomorrow.
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.
Ryan Hoffer went 18.63 for his first NCAA title, taking over the sprint crown from Caeleb Dressel, whose national age group records Hoffer was chasing and sometimes breaking for the past several years
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 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?
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.