Top Seed, Three-peat Big 10 Champ Auboeck Misses 500 Final

by SwimSwam Staff 14

March 28th, 2019 Big 12, Big Ten, College, News

2019 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

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swim fan
1 year ago

there goes my pickem

Meeeeee
1 year ago

Michigan very poor today. Team-wide illness?

Jim
Reply to  Meeeeee
1 year ago

Tough to say…some teams do taper everything they have for their conference meet, and usually there is nothing left to jump from at the NCAA meet. The few teams that can really get away with not full tapers at their conference meet are Cal and Texas, although NC State also was pretty good at it this year.

Meeeeee
Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

Yes, but Michigan and their coaching staff are very experienced and successful at this type of meet. I’m thinking an illness. for comparision, Purdue was for sure fully tapered for B1G and they went 2.6 sec faster in medley relay this morning.

MBS
Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

I struggle to believe that holds true as a team for Michigan. Certainly there are swimmers and teams where the conference meet is their swan song. But, as previously mentioned, he swam a 1:32 200 free last night. It is a wait and see what happens.

Swimgeek
Reply to  Jim
1 year ago

Um – but how would that explain Felix, who has shown the ability to swim 4:09 at NCAAs. This looks like something else

Hmm...
Reply to  Meeeeee
1 year ago

They must have eaten the sane thing the Tejas women were eating last week…

Becky D
Reply to  Hmm...
1 year ago

It was the salmon mousse.

Bula
1 year ago

Michigan looking rough