Texas Longhorns Win 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Title, Eddie Reese’s 15th

2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
  • Streaming: ESPN3
  • Championship Central
  • Full Meet Results

The University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving team won the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships with 595 on Saturday. The Longhorns took back the title from 2019 championship Cal, who were runner-up with 568 points.

The key to the 2021 Texas victory was depth. The 2020-21 Texas roster was so deep they had to leave a number of NCAA qualifiers back in Austin. In Greensboro, all 20 members of the squad scored. While they did win one swimming event, they placed at least one swimmer or diver in the top-8 of every individual event and had B-finalists in most events, as well.

Head coach Eddie Reese, already the most decorated coach in NCAA history, earned his 15th NCAA championship and has now won a title in five different decades. It is Reese’s 43rd season at the helm of the Longhorns. His team won four straight titles from 1988-1991, three from 2000-2002, and four from 2015-2018. Along with his 15th national crown, he boasts 27 top-two NCAA finishes and 34 top-three showings.

Men’s Team Head Coaches with NCAA Titles

  • Eddie Reese – 15
  • Mike Peppe – 11
  • Peter Daland – 9
  • David Marsh – 7
  • Skip Kenney – 7
  • James Counsilman – 6
  • Matt Mann – 6
  • David Durden – 4
  • Gus Stager – 4
  • Robert J.H. Kiphuth – 4
  • Randy Reese – 2
  • Nort Thornton – 2
  • Mike Bottom – 1
  • Richard Quick – 1
  • Frank Busch – 1
  • Jon Urbanchek – 1
  • Ron Ballatore – 1
  • Ray Bussard – 1
  • Jim Gaughran – 1

The Longhorns opened the meet with a win in the 800 free relay on Wednesday. The next day, they won the 400 medley relay and were 6th in the 200 free relay and went 5-15-16 in the 500 free, 4-10-12-15 in the 200 IM, and 1-2-16 in 1-meter diving. In addition, their only 50 free entrant scored 6th in the A final.

The tide really turned for Texas on Friday when all four of the 400 IMers made the A final. They finished 2-5-6-8 to move into the lead with a 3-point spread over Cal. Texas then went 4-10 in the 100 fly, 2-4-8-14 in the 200 free, 6 in the 100 breast, 4-10-15 in the 100 back, and 2-11 in 3-meter diving. They finished the day with a 5th in the 200 medley relay.

On Saturday, all the Texas milers scored, going 7-9-13. Next came 5-6 in the 200 back and two 2nds (a tie) and a 14th in the 100 free. They were 4-10-12 in the 200 breast, 6-16 in the 200 fly, and 4-10 in platform diving.

With a 37-point lead over Cal heading into the final relay, all they needed were safe takeoffs to seal the win. The Longhorns did just that, finishing second in the final heat but winning the overall championship for the 15th time.

The 2021 NCAA Championship Team

Thank you to SwimSwam’s Barry Revzin and Andrew Mering for the numbers.

Athlete Year Points Event 1 Place Event 2 Place Event 3 Place
Jordan Windle SR 52 1m Diving 1 3m Diving 2 Platform Diving 4
Drew Kibler JR 47.5 500 Free 5 200 Free 2 100 Free 2
Carson Foster FR 45 200 IM 4 400 IM 2 200 Back 6
Alvin Jiang SR 31 100 Fly 4 100 Back 4 200 Fly 16
Caspar Corbeau SO 30 200 IM 15 100 Breast 6 200 Breast 4
Daniel Krueger JR 29.5 50 Free 6 200 Free 38 100 Free 2
Jake Foster SO 28 200 IM 10 400 IM 5 200 Breast 10
Noah Duperre FR 23 1m Diving 2 3m Diving 11 Platform Diving 33
Braden Vines JR 23 200 IM 12 400 IM 6 200 Breast 12
David Johnston FR 23 500 Free 17 400 IM 8 1650 Free 7
Sam Pomajevich SR 20 100 Fly 10 200 Fly 6
Austin Katz SR 16 100 Back 15 200 Back 5
Jake Sannem SR 15.0 50 Free 41 200 Free 4
Peter Larson SO 11 500 Free 19 200 Free 8
Alex Zettle JR 11 500 Free 15 1650 Free 9
Chris Staka SR 10 100 Back 10 100 Free 14
Andrew Harness SO 7 1m Diving 28 3m Diving 31 Platform 10
Johnthomas Larson SR 5 500 Free 16 200 Free 26 1650 Free 13
Coby Carrozza FR 3 500 Free 21 200 Free 14
Brendan McCourt FR 1 1m Diving 16 3m Diving 29 Platform Diving 30

All 2021 Event Winners

Day 1

Day 2

  • 200 free relay – Cal (Bjorn Seeliger, Fr.; Ryan Hoffer, Sr.; Daniel Carr, Sr.; Nate Biondi, Sr.) – 1:14.36
  • 500 free – Jake Magahey, Georgia, Fr. – 4:07.97
  • 200 IM – Shaine Casas, Texas A&M, Jr. – 1:39.53
  • 50 free – Ryan Hoffer, Cal, Sr. – 18.33
  • 1-mtr diving – Jordan Windle, Texas, Sr. – 435.60
  • 400 medley relay – Texas (Chris Staka, Sr.; Caspar Corbeau, So.; Alvin Jiang, Sr.; Daniel Krueger, Jr.) – 3:00.23

Day 3

  • 400 IM – Bobby Finke, Florida, Jr. – 3:36.90
  • 100 fly – Ryan Hoffer, Cal, Sr. – 44.25
  • 200 free – Kieran Smith, Florida, Jr. – 1:30.10
  • 100 breast – Max McHugh, Minnesota, Jr. – 50.18
  • 100 back – Shaine Casas, Texas A&M, Jr. – 44.20
  • 3-mtr diving – Andrew Capobianco, Indiana – 505.20
  • 200 medley relay – Louisville (Mitchell Whyte, Jr.; Evgenii Somov, Sr.; Nicolas Albiero, Sr.; Haridi Sameh, So.) – 1:22.11

Day 4

  • 1650 free – Bobby Finke, Florida, Jr. – 14:12.52
  • 200 back – Shaine Casas, Texas A&M, Jr. – 1:35.75
  • 100 free – Ryan Hoffer, Cal, Sr. – 40.89
  • 200 breast – Max McHugh, Minnesota, Jr. – 1:49.02
  • 200 fly – Nicolas Albiero, Louisville, Sr. – 1:38.64
  • Platform diving – Brandon Loschiavo, Purdue, Sr. – 469.05
  • 400 free relay – Cal (Bjorn Seeliger, Fr.; Ryan Hoffer, Sr.; Destin Lasco, Fr.; Hugo Gonzalez) – 2:46.60

Final Team Scores

  1. Texas 595
  2. Cal 568
  3. Florida 367
  4. Georgia 268
  5. Louisville 211
  6. Indiana 207
  7. Ohio State 180
  8. NC State 164
  9. Virginia 152
  10. Texas A&M 151
  11. Virginia Tech 135
  12. Michigan/Arizona 106
  13. (tie)
  14. Stanford 99
  15. Alabama 91
  16. Mizzou 86
  17. Purdue 83
  18. LSU 68
  19. Miami 54
  20. Tennessee 48
  21. Georgia Tech/Minnesota 40
  22. (tie)
  23. Florida State 32.5
  24. UNC 31
  25. Notre Dame 29
  26. Pittsburgh 28
  27. USC 21
  28. Wisconsin 20
  29. Utah 17.5
  30. Kentucky 14
  31. Penn State 13
  32. West Virginia 5

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25Backstroke
5 months ago

perhaps

Julia B
5 months ago

HOOK ‘EM

Mr Piano
5 months ago

This was an amazing NCAAs. But next year… we have the Return of the King… DEAN FARRIS!

DCSwim
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

“6th-year senior” sounds like something out of a college football parody movie

25Backstroke
Reply to  DCSwim
5 months ago

In Lane 4, out of Blue Mountain State University, Dean Farris!

Right Dude Here
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

Gimme a HELL. Gimme a YEAH.

STAND UP RIGHT NOW

so basic but so hype. Love me some BMS.

Erik
Reply to  DCSwim
5 months ago

Van Wilder..

Right Dude Here
5 months ago

Next step: that other guys username…

BACK2BACK

swimmer
5 months ago

Anyone know who won swimmer of the meet?

Admin
Reply to  swimmer
5 months ago

The CSCAA won’t announce their awards until likely Tuesday (there’s a fan vote component this season).

We’ll announce our awards tomorrow or Monday.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

Casas or Hoffer? Windle or Capobianco? Who even knows.

Admin
Reply to  Right Dude Here
5 months ago

We have our picks written in pencil, just need to sleep on them for a minute to really decide.

I’m sure there will be lots of “shared awards” around, but that’s not really our style, so decide we will!

Wethorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

Your votes are frankly better than the CSCAAs.

Editor
Reply to  swimmer
5 months ago

I think it’ll be announced in a few days.

Last edited 5 months ago by Robert Gibbs
JeahBrah
5 months ago

It’s awesome that all 20 swimmers and divers scored. Eddie’s philosophy has always been about making everyone on the team faster, creating an environment where everyone works hard together. It shows with results like this.

Wethorn
Reply to  JeahBrah
5 months ago

I’m not certain about this and will surely be corrected by lurkers, but I think this is the 2nd team to have every swimmer score (up to the limit), and the first ever to have 20 athletes score. Quality depth matters.

Admin
Reply to  Wethorn
5 months ago

There would have to be a time range put on that. The results of some of the early NCAA Championship meets seem to have been lost to history, and I’m not sure that anybody could verify every back to 1937 (when the first official NCAA team championship was awarded). I’m not even sure of a record of selection procedures or roster limit sizes that far back.

Back into 1924 (still NCAA meets, just no NCAA team title awarded), even dicier.

Wethorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

That’s fair, I’d limit it to the modern era, however you define that. Maybe early 70s with those IU teams.

Mikeh
5 months ago

I want to mention Drew Kibler. I’ve never seen a swimmer with such range. 100, 200, and 500. When was the last time a swimmer did so well in all three races?

25Backstroke
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

He also has sub-19 50 freestyle ability as well

Editor
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

Well, Kieran Smith was there with him as an A-finalist in all three races. And Townley Haas finished first in the 500 and 200, and 6th in the 100, in 2018. Still, it’s pretty rare. And Kibler’s lifetime best would’ve made the A-final in the 50 free, I believe.

Admin
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

Townley Haas.

Mathias Koski.

Jake Magahey has the abilities, though Georgia didn’t use him in any 100s (or 50s) at this meet – and he goes up to the 1650.

I suspect in the next few years, we’re going to see more swimmers do this 100/200/500 lineup rather than 200/500/1650.

Bevo
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

Maybe Tim Shaw from the 70’s?

JCO
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

Townley Haas comes to mind. Other great rangy freestylers in recent memory are Kieran and Quintero. Magahey is close to the conversation, but he probably needs to drop a little more in the 100/200 distances.

Admin
Reply to  JCO
5 months ago

Kieran Smith is a good name. He was faster on the 400 free relay than Kibler, is the NCAA Record holder in the 500, and the NCAA Champion in the 200.

Enchanted Rock
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

Chris Kemp from Texas back in the day finaled in all three twice.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Enchanted Rock
5 months ago

Chris Kemp is an all time top five Eddie swimmer, in terms of improvement. Literally started swimming his JR year in High School. Went on to free the medley relays with Piersol, Hansen, Crocker.

Swimfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

I don’t think we can compare texas’ 4×100 relay splits to anyone as they were surely just trying to swim a legal race to seal their championship. But yes Kieran and Drew have similar range with Kieran presently being stronger in the 200 and 500 and Drew faster in the 50 and 100… but both amazing!

fertilecrescent
Reply to  Swimfan
5 months ago

“I don’t think we can compare…”

Drew had a faster reaction time than Kieran did…so if it wasn’t the starts, then you must be implying that Texas was slow on purpose in the water to win the title?

sven
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

Cristian Quintero of USC was 18 on a relay split, third in the 100, second in the 200, and won the 500 at 2014 NCAAs. Also got fourth in the mile at 2013 NCAAs. Insanely rangey.

Tiny hands
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

I would add Phelps to this list. He was always at/near the top of the US 4×100 free relay and was the American record holder in the 100m free at one point. His 200 free speaks for itself. He was also a really good 500y/400m free swimmer…I remember him beating Ryan Cochrane in a 400m free in a 3:48 or so mid-season. And he also swam a 4:18 500y free when he was 16. Pretty impressive stuff.

Zanna
Reply to  Mikeh
5 months ago

Have you not heard of Kieran Smith?

SwimFani
5 months ago

The mighty Ratcoonhat VOL divers scored 35, the swim boys contributed 13 measly points for a grand total of 48 points. Congratulations to the divers. To the swimmers…come on you can do better.

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