Watch Day 4 Race Videos: Finke Defends Title, Marchand & Burns Pull off Upsets


Watch the championship finals from the final session of the 2022 Men’s Division I NCAA Championships! Events include the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

Men’s 1650 Freestyle

  1. Bobby Finke (FLOR- Senior): 14:22.28
  2. Will Gallant (NCST- Sophomore): 14:31.34
  3. Ross Dant (NCST- Junior): 14:31.72
  4. Jake Magahey (UGA- Sophomore): 14:33.53
  5. David Johnston (TEX- Sophomore): 14:33.61
  6. Michael Brinegar (IU- Junior): 14:33.76
  7. Brooks Fail (ZONA- 5Y): 14:35.33
  8. Charlie Clark (OSU- Sophomore): 14:35.38

Though 10 seconds off his best time, Bobby Finke successfully defended his NCAA title in the 1650 freestyle, posting a 14:22.28 to destroy the pool record and win by 9 seconds. NC State placed 2nd and 3rd, a strong showing for the Wolfpack, with a tight race to the wall between sophomore Will Gallant and junior Ross Dant.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

  1. Destin Lasco (CAL- Sophomore): 1:37.71
  2. Carson Foster (TEX- Sophomore): 1:38.77
  3. Daniel Carr (CAL- 5Y): 1:39.06
  4. Kieran Smith (FLOR- Senior): 1:39.39
  5. Leon LacAlister (STAN- Junior): 1:39.67
  6. Jack Dahlgren (MIZZ- Senior): 1:40.17
  7. Bryce Mefford (CAL- 5Y): 1:40.31
  8. Justin Grender (UVA- Senior): 1:40.72

Cal sophomore Destin Lasco secured his first NCAA title in his signature event, the 200 backstroke. Though he was nearly 2 seconds off his best time, a win is a win. Texas’ Carson Foster placed 2nd a little over a second behind, and just about 0.30 ahead of Cal 5th year Daniel Carr. Cal’s Bryce Mefford also placed 7th in the 200 backstroke final, creating a huge points swing for the Golden Bears.

Men’s 100 Freestyle

  1. Brooks Curry (LSU- Junior): 40.84
  2. Bjoern Seeliger (CAL- Sophomore): 41.00
  3. Andrei Minakov (STAN- Sophomore): 41.09
  4. Matt Brownstead (UVA- Sophomore): 41.22
  5. Jordan Crooks (TENN- Freshman): 41.24
  6. Drew Kibler (TEX- Senior): 41.33
  7. Matt King (UVA- Sophomore): 41.34
  8. Danny Krueger (TEX – Senior): 41.62

50 freestyle champion Brooks Curry won the 100 freestyle in a new lifetime best of 40.84, upsetting top seed Bjorn Seeliger, who posted a 40.75 in the prelims, becoming the 2nd-fastest performer all-time in the event. 100 fly champion Andrei Minakov of Stanford raced to 3rd in a 41.07.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

  1. Leon Marchand (ASU- Freshman): 1:48.20
  2. Max McHugh (MINN- Senior): 1:48.76
  3. Matt Fallon (PENN- Freshman): 1:49.16
  4. Carles Coll Marti (VT- Sophomore): 1:49.69
  5. Caio Pumputis (GT- 5Y): 1:50.61
  6. Caspar Corbeau (TEX- Junior): 1:50.79
  7. Reece Whitley (CAL- Senior): 1:50.83
  8. Daniel Roy (STAN- Senior): 1:51.17

200 IM champion Leon Marchand of ASU captured the title in the 200 breaststroke, dethroning reigning champion Max McHugh of Minnesota and swimming the 2nd-fastest time in history. Top-seed Matt Fallon of Penn placed 3rd.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

  1. Brendan Burns (IU- Junior): 1:38.71
  2. Luca Urlando (UGA- Sophomore): 1:38.82
  3. Nicolas Albiero (LOU- 5Y): 1:38.88
  4. Trenton Julian (CAL- 5Y): 1:39.00
  5. Christian Ferraro (GT- 5Y): 1:40:09
  6. Gabriel Jett (CAL- Freshman): 1:40.22
  7. Alexander Colson (ASU- Junior): 1:40.96
  8. Mason Wilby (UKY- Senior): 1:41.72

In one of the biggest upsets of the meet, Indiana junior Brendan Burns upset co-favorites Luca Urlando of Georgia and Nicolas Albiero of Louisville to win the men’s 200 fly.

Men’s 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay

  1. Texas: 2:46.03
  2. Arizona State: 2:46.40
  3. Cal: 2:46.42
  4. Virginia: 2:46.80
  5. NC State: 2:47.29
  6. Florida: 2:47.39
  7. Indiana: 2:48.12
  8. Stanford: 2:48.21

Will update when video is available.

Though Texas got the win in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay, the Cal Bears still came out on top in the overall team standings.


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9 months ago

Not to take anything away from Cal’s impressive victory, but Whitley will get DQ’d for double dolphin kicks if underwater cameras were used. It was very obvious at the start of the 2 breast when the underwater footage was shown.

9 months ago

The NCAA was doing quite well releasing the videos at the end of each night. That is, all the way up until the very last event. Still no 4×100 free?

Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Finke clearly not fully tapered, saves the best for later this year with world trials coming very quickly and especially for worlds in June. Stupid decision to put worlds in June instead of early August after athletics worlds on mid July but that’s another topic.

Happy to see Lasco win. Much slower than last year. 3 options: either his crazy fast day 2 with 2 crazy fast 200 IM races has taken a lot out of him (same remark about Marchand to explain his relatively disappointing 400 IM performance) or he has less worked his backstroke in training to improve other strokes with the 200 IM as goal or he’s not fully tapered and like many other US swimmers knows… Read more »

go bears
10 months ago

who was swimmer of the meet??

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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