2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
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- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
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This morning’s prelims of the men’s 50 freestyle at the 2017 NCAA Championships saw an incredible six individual swimmers throw down times beneath the 19-second barrier. Among them was Auburn University’s Zach Apple, who tied NC State’s Ryan Held for the 3rd seed in a personal best time of 18.93. Not only does Apple’s result represent the sophomore’s first time delving into 18-second territory in his own young career, but it also now checks in as the only 18-point 50 freestyle in Auburn history performed by an American.
With a rich history of holding multiple foreign athletes on its roster at any given time, Auburn’s sprinting greats include Brazilian Cesar Cielo who still holds the top 50 freestyle time in Auburn’s history with the 18.47 registered back in 2008. Beyond him are Matt Targett of Australia and Adam Brown of Great Britain, who notched times of 18.52 and 18.72, respectively to make up the top 3. In fact, the only American athlete on Auburn’s list of top 10 50 freestyle performances ever was #10, Bryan Lundquist, who scored a time of 19.18 back in 2007. Apple’s time now bumped him from the list to keep just one American within the program’s top 10.
Here’s where Apple’s 18.93 from this morning now ranks among Auburn’s men past and present, including Auburn Head Coach Brett Hawke‘s time from 1997.
- Cesar Cielo (Brazil), 18.47, 2008
- Matt Targett (Australia), 18.52, 2009
- Adam Brown (Great Britain), 18.72, 2011
- Fred Bousquet (France), 18.74, 2005
- Jakob Andjkaer (Denmark), 18.83 2009
- Marcel Chierighini (Brazil), 18.84, 2013
- Zach Apple (USA), 18.93, 2017
- Gideon Louw (South Africa), 19.06, 2009
- Peter Holoda (Hungary), 19.13, 2016
- Brett Hawke (Australia) 19.16, 1997