Let’s try to prognosticate just a bit what tonight’s only race — the 800 free relay — means for the next three days of racing.
Only Texas or Cal have finished first or second at the NCAA Men’s Championships since Michigan’s 2013 title, and they went 1-2 to kick-off this year’s meet.
Smith led off Florida’s 800 free relay in 1:29.66, the fifth-fastest swim in history and the fifth under the 1:30 barrier.
As we tick down the days to the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas is the biggest favorite to win at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, per Pick ‘Em entries.
Texas enters the meet as the top seed by over 4 seconds.
Last year Kieran Smith was weeks away from his first-ever 500 free NCAA title but his path to victory this year is a but less clear-cut.
At SECs, Kieran Smith swam the lead-off leg of Florida’s 800 free relay in a new school record of 1:29.48, becoming the fourth man ever to break 1:30.
Trenton Julian (above) is the 3rd-fastest 200 butterflier in history but Nic Albiero will be fighting to deny him the title at this year’s NCAA Championships.
The NCAA has released its official psych sheets (along with the invite line) for the 2021 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Trenton Julian won the 200 butterfly at the Pac 12 championships, 24 years after his father won the same event at the Pac 10 championships
Stanford’s Brooke Forde, Cal’s Jason Louser and VTech’s Youssef Ramadan have all scratched their Thursday events following recent college championship meets.
Ryan Hoffer led the Cal men to a fourth straight Pac-12 title, winning all three of his individual events and contributing on four winning relays.
Reece Whitley has a chance to sweep the breaststroke events for a second straight year tonight at the Men’s Pac-12 Championships.
Cal senior Trenton Julian swam to a Pac-12 title and record in the 200 butterflier to make him the 4th fastest performance ever in the event.