The Cal Bears returned 8 up and 2 down swims Saturday morning, yet the Texas Longhorns look strong to hold onto their lead from yesterday.
The 200 breast was the only event in this morning’s prelims where it took faster times to score than it has in previous years.
Shaine Casas won Texas A&M’s first NCAA title in program history yesterday in the 200 IM. Tonight, Casas will have a shot at the 100 back title.
The Texas Longhorns have set themselves up for an explosive Friday night finals session in Greensboro, snagging 10 up and 4 down swims, four in the 4IM alone.
As was the case in San Antonio, a star-studded field of the country’s fastest swimmers have entered to swim at PSS Mission Viejo.
Catch top seeds UGA’s Jake Magahey (500 FR), Cal’s Destin Lasco (200 IM), Cal’s Ryan Hoffer (50 FR), and the 200 free and 400 medley relays on night two.
Check out the 800 free relay race video from night one of the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships, featuring Texas, Cal, Texas A&M, and Florida.
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.