2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
- McAuley Aquatic Center – Atlanta, GA
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday prelins & finals, Friday/Saturday prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live results
In one of the most eye-popping swims you may ever see, Texas freshman Townley Haas crushed the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open record in the 200 yard freestyle with a final time of 1:30.46. Fresh off of teammate Joseph Schooling’s 100 butterfly record, Haas came out on a mission, clocking 20.90 in the first 50 and flipping at 43.61 at the 100, nearly a full second under the previous record pace from Simon Burnett of Arizona. Haas slowed down a bit over the final 100 (closing in “only” a 46.85), but was enough below pace to crush Burnett’s standard.
A comparison of the splits:
Simon Burnett (2006, Atlanta): 21.28, 44.44 [23.16], 1:07.53 [23.09], 1:31.20 [23.67]
Townley Haas (2016, Atlanta): 20.90, 43.61 [22.71], 1:06.92 [23.31], 1:30.46 [23.54]
Impressively, that swim was actually under Haas’ record split from Wednesday night when he was completely fresh. Doubly impressive: Haas is just a freshman, and has three more years to dip under the 1:30 barrier.