With New Schedule, Florida and Texas Swim Fastest 200 Medley Relays Ever

by Robert Gibbs 8

March 23rd, 2022 News

2022 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

With the 200 medley relay moving to the opening night, we expected to see some crazy fast times. Sure enough, tonight’s session led to four of the five fastest times ever, led by the Florida Gators at an eye-popping 1:21.13.

All four heats were fast, but we’ll skip to the final heat, where Florida’s Adam Chaney rocketed off to a 20.19 split, which would have broken Ryan Murphy’s all-time record if it hadn’t gone down three minutes earlier (more on that to come). Dillon Hillis split 23.20 on breast, then Eric Friese rocked a 19.36 fly split that ties Joe Schooling for the fastest ever. Will Davis anchored in 18.38, as Florida touched in 1:21.13 to take down Texas’ all-time mark of 1:21.54.

That win didn’t come easy for the Gators, though, as it proved to be a back-and-forth battle with the Texas Longhorns. Freshman Anthony Grimm led off in 20.65, then Caspar Corbeau dropped a 22.55 breast split, which appears to make him the 2nd-fastest ever. Alvin Jiang split a good-but-not-great 20.08 on fly, while Cameron Auchinachie dropped a 18.08, which looks like makes him the 4th-fastest ever. The Longhorns finished in 1:21.36, nearly two-tenths under their old mark.

Two quick notes before we move on. First, neither team broke the American Record of 1:21.88, set by Cal in 2018. Friese is a German national, while Corbeau, although a US citizen, swims for the Netherlands internationally. Second, Florida won this race on the relay exchanges. The Gators’ exchanges totaled 0.27s, while the Longhorns’ totaled 0.72s.

That epic battle came just a few minutes after NC State and Cal dueled it out in the previous heat, with both teams touching in 1:21.69. At that moment, that tied the two schools for the 2nd-fastest performance ever.

It was a battle royale from the start, as Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger led off in 20.08, breaking Ryan Murphy’s 20.20 mark as the fastest-time ever, and NC State’s Kacper Stokowski was also under that time with a 20.16. Cal moved ahead with a 22.71 breast leg from Liam Bell, while NC State got a 23.22 from Rafal Kusto. NC State closed the gap to within 0.02s on fly, as Nyls Korstanje split 19.55 to Trenton Julian‘s 20.12. It came down to the anchor leg. Cal’s Daniel Carr, who’s more often swum back on this relay, but has plenty of freestyle relay experience, went 18.78, while NC State freshman David Curtiss split 18.76, as both teams stopped the clock in 1:21.69.

At that moment, those two swims were tied for the 2nd-fastest performances ever, and after the final heat, they stand as tied for the 4th-fastest performances ever. Seeliger, as well as all of NC State’s relay save Curtiss, swim for other countries, so again, Cal’s 2018 American Record stands. Alabama moved into the top ten performances ever with a 5th-place time of 1:22.04.

All-Time Performances, 200 Medley Relay

  1. Florida, 2022 – 1:21.13
  2. Texas, 2022 – 1:21.36
  3. Texas, 2017 – 1:21.54
  4. Cal/NC State, 2022 – 1:21.69
  5. (tie)
  6. USC, 2018 – 1:21.82
  7. Louisville, 2021 – 1:21.84
  8. Cal, 2018 – 1:21.88
  9. Alabama, 2017 – 1:21.89
  10. Alabama, 2022 – 1:22.04

Here’s a quick glance at the comparative splits between the top four teams tonight and Texas’ time from 2017.

Florida 2022 Texas 2022 Texas 2017 Cal 2022 NC State 2022
Back 20.19 20.65 20.84 20.08 20.16
Breast 23.20 22.55 22.91 22.71 23.22
Fly 19.36 20.08 19.45 20.12 19.55
Free 18.38 18.08 18.34 18.78 18.76
1:21.13 1:21.36 1:21.54 1:21.69 1:21.69

Each of those four schools set their respective conference records. Harvard also shattered the Ivy League record. A 20.36 leadoff leg from Dean Farris propeled the Crimson to a 1:22.42, over a second and a half faster than the previous mark of 1:24.06.

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Horninco
10 months ago

Dear NCAA, let’s rotate the other relays through day 1 to take turns breaking records

Salty Sailing Swimmer
10 months ago

Looks like Hunter Armstrong missed his turn. That’s a shame he would’ve gone 19.

Wowwww
Reply to  Salty Sailing Swimmer
10 months ago

You re literally posting this in every board…..

BearlyBreathing
10 months ago

I don’t think Liam Bell gets enough credit in this relay and I don’t think this relay would be as fast without him.
What can you say about Seeliger’s lead off that hasn’t already been said.
I think Julian vs Rose was the right call here so it can be Rose in the 400 MR.
Carr’s somewhat surprising anchor leg shows just how versatile he’s been for 5 years now.

Last edited 10 months ago by BearlyBreathing
Horninco
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
10 months ago

Cal looked great, 800 FR is probably their weakest and the medley relays were bonkers, they swam fantastic

Wanna Sprite?
10 months ago

🙂

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steer
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
10 months ago

yes i do!

Mnswim
10 months ago

Nice! Great swims

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