2019 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 27 – Saturday, March 30
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, Texas
- Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Central Time)
- Defending champion: Texas (4x) (2018 results)
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Michigan junior Felix Auboeck had an unexpectedly poor swim in the prelims of the 500 freestyle this morning, clocking a 4:18.40 to drop from his top-seeded time of 4:09.37. That seed time was from Auboeck’s third straight Big Ten 500 freestyle title just a few weeks ago.
The off swim here for Auboeck is a huge surprise; the Austrian Olympian has developed a reputation as one of the most consistent big meet swimmers in the NCAA. He has two top three NCAA finishes to his name, including a 4:09.03 last year that made him a runner-up to Townley Haas. Although illness would be the usual speculation for a swimmer’s first individual effort, Auboeck put together a very solid 1:32.78 anchor leg for the Wolverines on last night’s 800 freestyle relay.
The 500 A-final field looks noticeably different than a year ago, with just two returning finalists a year ago: Haas and Michigan’s Ricardo Vargas Jacobo. Notably, Texas’ Sam Pomajevich, a surprise finalist last season, also fell out of scoring position. Those two misses are early blows to both Michigan and Texas in the team race.