2017 NCAA D1 Men’s Swim & Dive Championships: Dressel, Licon Look to Defend Titles

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The men arrived at IUPUI ready to race for day two prelims. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel and Texas’ Will Licon set themselves up for a run at defending their national titles with the top seeds in the 50 free and 200 IM respectively.

Texas claimed the top seed in the 200 free relay, while Missouri topped the 400 medley relay.

Events: 

  • 200 Free Relay
  • 500 Free
  • 200 IM
  • 50 Free
  • 400 Medley Relay

200 Free Relay

American Record: 1:15.26 – Stanford (2011)

NCAA: 1:14.08 – Auburn (2009)

U.S.  Open: 1:14.08 – Auburn (2009)

Meet: 1:14.08 – Auburn (2009)

Texas arrived ready to race on day two, picking up the top seed in prelims of the 200 free relay with a pool record of 1:15.35. Teammates Tate Jackson (19.22), Brett Ringgold (18.75), John Shebat (18.93), and Jack Conger (18.45) teamed up to set Texas up for a run at the gold tonight.

Florida’s Enzao Martinez Scarpe (19.57), Caeleb Dressel (17.99), Jan Switkowski (18.92), and Jack Blyzinskyj (19.04) grabbed a close second place seed with a 1:15.52.

NC State’s Wolfpack picked up the third place seed with a 1:15.56, followed by Cal’s 1:16.11 and Auburn’s 1:16.45.

Indiana (1:16.53), Missouri (1:16.78), and Alabama (1:16.91) complete the top eight qualifiers.

Event 2  Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         NCAA: N 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
 Championship: C 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
     American: A 1:15.26  3/24/2011 Stanford
                          A Coville, A Staab, J Allen, A Wayne
   U. S. Open: O 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
         Pool: P 1:15.48            Auburn
    School                                 Seed    Prelims        
====================================================================
                       === Preliminaries ===                        
 
  1 Texas                               1:16.73    1:15.35P 
     1) Jackson, Tate SO              2) r:0.34 Ringgold, Brett JR    
     3) r:0.23 Shebat, John SO        4) r:0.12 Conger, Jack SR       
     r:+0.64  9.28        19.22 (19.22)
           28.12 (8.90)       37.97 (18.75)
           46.85 (8.88)       56.90 (18.93)
         1:05.51 (8.61)     1:15.35 (18.45)
  2 Florida                             1:15.67    1:15.52  
     1) Martinez Scarpe, Enzo JR      2) r:0.32 Dressel, Caeleb JR    
     3) r:0.13 Switkowski, Jan JR     4) r:0.31 Blyzinskyj, Jack SR   
     r:+0.66  9.44        19.57 (19.57)
           28.06 (8.49)       37.56 (17.99)
           46.40 (8.84)       56.48 (18.92)
         1:05.46 (8.98)     1:15.52 (19.04)
  3 NC State                            1:16.27    1:15.56  
     1) Held, Ryan JR                 2) r:0.36 Schiellerup, Anreas SR
     3) r:0.25 Ress, Justin SO        4) r:0.25 Johnson, Scott SR     
     r:+0.64  8.94        18.58 (18.58)
           27.58 (9.00)       37.60 (19.02)
           46.31 (8.71)       56.33 (18.73)
         1:05.25 (8.92)     1:15.56 (19.23)
  4 California                          1:16.46    1:16.11  
     1) Sendyk, Pawel FR              2) r:0.31 Jensen, Michael FR    
     3) r:0.20 Lynch, Justin JR       4) r:0.09 Josa, Matthew JR      
     r:+0.66  9.07        19.00 (19.00)
           28.02 (9.02)       38.05 (19.05)
           47.00 (8.95)       57.13 (19.08)
         1:05.97 (8.84)     1:16.11 (18.98)
  5 Auburn                              1:16.03    1:16.45  
     1) Apple, Zachary SO             2) r:0.32 Holoda, Peter JR      
     3) r:0.03 Kalontarov, Ziv SO     4) r:0.15 Darmody, Kyle SR      
     r:+0.64  9.12        19.01 (19.01)
           28.07 (9.06)       38.07 (19.06)
           46.93 (8.86)       57.24 (19.17)
         1:06.28 (9.04)     1:16.45 (19.21)
  6 Indiana                             1:16.72    1:16.53  
     1) Khalafalla, Ali JR            2) r:0.11 Pieroni, Blake JR     
     3) r:0.17 Lorentz, Sam SR        4) r:0.23 Romany, Josh SO       
     r:+0.61  9.33        19.37 (19.37)
           28.17 (8.80)       38.33 (18.96)
           47.20 (8.87)       57.29 (18.96)
         1:06.25 (8.96)     1:16.53 (19.24)
  7 Missouri                            1:17.33    1:16.78  
     1) Chadwick, Michael SR          2) r:0.33 Sansoucie, Andrew SR  
     3) r:0.19 Mankus, Luke SO        4) r:0.30 Schreuders, Mikel SO  
     r:+0.64  9.26        19.16 (19.16)
           28.06 (8.90)       38.25 (19.09)
           47.06 (8.81)       57.17 (18.92)
         1:06.35 (9.18)     1:16.78 (19.61)
  8 Alabama                             1:16.40    1:16.91  
     1) Waddell, Zane FR              2) r:0.24 Kaliszak, Luke JR     
     3) r:0.19 Howard, Robert SO      4) r:0.24 Bams, Laurent JR      
     r:+0.71  9.55        19.53 (19.53)
           28.73 (9.20)       38.82 (19.29)
           47.91 (9.09)       57.79 (18.97)
         1:06.85 (9.06)     1:16.91 (19.12)

500 Free

American Record: 4:08.54 – Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine (2008)

NCAA: 4:08.60 – Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan (2006)

U.S.  Open: 4:08.54 – Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine (2008)

Meet: 4:08.60 – Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan (2006)

The 500 free final is squaring up to be an exciting race after three athletes posted qualifying times within .38 seconds of each other.

The South Carolina duo of Fynn Minuth and Akaram Mahmoud led the qualifying field with top times of 4:09.55 and 4:09.73, while Michigan freshman Felix Auboeck turned in a close 4:09.93 for the third place seed.

2015 champion Clark Smith of Texas added a 4:10.53 to qualify fourth overall, just ahead of teammate Townley Haas’ 4:11.33.

Indiana’s Marwan El Kamash (4:11.84), Stanford’s Grant Shoults (4:12.14), and NC State’s Anton Ipsen (4:12.18) qualified sixth through eighth respectively.

 Event 3  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 4:08.60  3/23/2006 Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan
 Championship: C 4:08.60  3/23/2006 Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan
     American: A 4:08.54  2/9/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
   U. S. Open: O 4:08.54  2/9/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
         Pool: P 4:08.75            Tom Dolan, Michigan
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Minuth, Fynn           SO South Carolina    4:11.07    4:09.55  
    r:+0.70  22.82        47.78 (24.96)
        1:13.01 (25.23)     1:38.41 (25.40)
        2:03.72 (25.31)     2:28.98 (25.26)
        2:54.40 (25.42)     3:19.78 (25.38)
        3:45.02 (25.24)     4:09.55 (24.53)
  2 Mahmoud, Akaram        JR South Carolina    4:14.34    4:09.73  
    r:+0.71  23.42        48.52 (25.10)
        1:13.93 (25.41)     1:39.30 (25.37)
        2:04.70 (25.40)     2:30.04 (25.34)
        2:55.40 (25.36)     3:20.51 (25.11)
        3:45.55 (25.04)     4:09.73 (24.18)
  3 Auboeck, Felix         FR Michigan          4:10.63    4:09.93  
    r:+0.84  23.27        48.29 (25.02)
        1:13.27 (24.98)     1:38.53 (25.26)
        2:03.79 (25.26)     2:29.08 (25.29)
        2:54.50 (25.42)     3:20.04 (25.54)
        3:45.47 (25.43)     4:09.93 (24.46)
  4 Smith, Clark           SR Texas             4:11.11    4:10.53  
    r:+0.69  23.04        47.89 (24.85)
        1:13.28 (25.39)     1:38.89 (25.61)
        2:04.42 (25.53)     2:29.85 (25.43)
        2:55.38 (25.53)     3:20.91 (25.53)
        3:46.71 (25.80)     4:10.53 (23.82)
  5 Haas, Townley          SO Texas             4:12.90    4:11.33  
    r:+0.76  23.19        48.14 (24.95)
        1:13.48 (25.34)     1:39.18 (25.70)
        2:04.76 (25.58)     2:30.48 (25.72)
        2:55.91 (25.43)     3:21.57 (25.66)
        3:46.82 (25.25)     4:11.33 (24.51)
  6 El Kamash, Marwan      SR Indiana           4:12.11    4:11.84  
    r:+0.71  23.25        48.52 (25.27)
        1:13.99 (25.47)     1:39.27 (25.28)
        2:04.61 (25.34)     2:30.08 (25.47)
        2:55.40 (25.32)     3:20.70 (25.30)
        3:46.66 (25.96)     4:11.84 (25.18)
  7 Shoults, Grant         FR Stanford          4:10.67    4:12.14  
    r:+0.64  22.96        48.23 (25.27)
        1:13.75 (25.52)     1:39.83 (26.08)
        2:05.88 (26.05)     2:31.69 (25.81)
        2:57.47 (25.78)     3:23.03 (25.56)
        3:47.91 (24.88)     4:12.14 (24.23)
  8 Ipsen, Anton Oerskov   JR NC State          4:11.92    4:12.18  
    r:+0.69  23.19        48.58 (25.39)
        1:14.00 (25.42)     1:39.72 (25.72)
        2:05.44 (25.72)     2:31.08 (25.64)
        2:56.58 (25.50)     3:22.18 (25.60)
        3:47.44 (25.26)     4:12.18 (24.74)

200 IM

American Record: 1:39.38 – David Nolan, Stanford (2015)

NCAA: 1:39.38 – David Nolan, Stanford (2015)

U.S.  Open: 1:39.38 – David Nolan, Stanford (2015)

Meet: 1:39.38 – David Nolan, Stanford (2015)

Will Licon of Texas led five swimmers beneath the previous pool record of 1:41.21, set by Stanford’s David Nolan, to grab the top seed going into finals. The defending champion turned in a 1:40.50, not far off his 2016 winning time of 1:40.04.

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios delivered a second place qualifying time of 1:40.77, followed by Florida’s Mark Szarenek’s 1:41.11.

The Georgia duo of Gunnar Bentz and Chase Kalisz turned in times of 1:41.12 and 1:41.20 for the fourth and fifth place seeds respectively.

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar (1:41.49) and Ryan Murphy (1:41.79) picked up sixth and seventh, while Texas’ Jonathan Roberts posted a 1:42.24 to round out the top eight.

 Event 4  Men 200 Yard IM
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
 Championship: C 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
     American: A 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
   U. S. Open: O 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford
         Pool: P 1:41.21            David Nolan, Stanford
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Licon, Will            SR Texas             1:42.35    1:40.50P 
    r:+0.72  21.98        47.21 (25.23)
        1:15.88 (28.67)     1:40.50 (24.62)
  2 Vazaios, Andreas       JR NC State          1:41.25    1:40.77P 
    r:+0.69  22.06        47.11 (25.05)
        1:15.72 (28.61)     1:40.77 (25.05)
  3 Szaranek, Mark         JR Florida           1:41.30    1:41.11P 
    r:+0.62  21.92        47.02 (25.10)
        1:16.55 (29.53)     1:41.11 (24.56)
  4 Bentz, Gunnar          JR Georgia           1:43.63    1:41.12P 
    r:+0.71  22.05        47.55 (25.50)
        1:16.80 (29.25)     1:41.12 (24.32)
  5 Kalisz, Chase          SR Georgia           1:41.26    1:41.20P 
    r:+0.68  22.31        47.71 (25.40)
        1:16.27 (28.56)     1:41.20 (24.93)
  6 Seliskar, Andrew       SO California        1:41.24    1:41.49  
    r:+0.64  21.70        47.28 (25.58)
        1:16.79 (29.51)     1:41.49 (24.70)
  7 Murphy, Ryan           SR California        1:42.40    1:41.79  
    r:+0.62  22.02        47.09 (25.07)
        1:16.76 (29.67)     1:41.79 (25.03)
  8 Roberts, Jonathan      JR Texas             1:44.49    1:42.24  
    r:+0.67  22.09        47.50 (25.41)
        1:17.78 (30.28)     1:42.24 (24.46)

50 Free

American Record: 18.20 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (2016)

NCAA: 18.20 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (2016)

U.S.  Open: 18.20 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (2016)

Meet: 18.20 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (2016)

To little no surprise it was Florida’s Caeleb Dressel who dashed to the top seed in the 50 free prelims. The reigning national champion delivered a qualifying time of 18.38 to qualify .39 seconds ahead of the competition and put him within range of his American, NCAA, U.S. Open, and Meet records of 18.20.

Picking up the second place seed was Texas’ Joseph Schooling, separating himself from the competition with a time of 18.77.

Auburn’s Zachary Apple and NC State’s Ryan Held delivered matching 18.93’s for the third place seed, followed by Cal’s Pawel Sendyk’s 18.96.

Michael Chadwick of Missouri picked up a close sixth place seed with a time of 18.99, while USC’s Dylan Carter posted a 19.04 for seventh.

Michigan’s Paul Powers completed the top eight with a time of 19.06.

 Event 5  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
 Championship: C 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 18.63            Vlad Morozov, USC
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Dressel, Caeleb        JR Florida             18.46      18.38P 
     r:+0.61  8.83         18.38 (9.55)
  2 Schooling, Joseph      JR Texas               18.76      18.77  
     r:+0.56  9.00         18.77 (9.77)
  3 Apple, Zachary         SO Auburn              19.23      18.93  
     r:+0.63  9.16         18.93 (9.77)
  3 Held, Ryan             JR NC State            18.68      18.93  
     r:+0.63  9.18         18.93 (9.75)
  5 Sendyk, Pawel          FR California          19.10      18.96  
     r:+0.68  9.04         18.96 (9.92)
  6 Chadwick, Michael      SR Missouri            19.18      18.99  
     r:+0.63  9.20         18.99 (9.79)
  7 Carter, Dylan          JR Southern Cali       19.32      19.04  
     r:+0.57  9.18         19.04 (9.86)
  8 Powers, Paul           JR Michigan            18.80      19.06  
     r:+0.64  9.17         19.06 (9.89)

400 Medley Relay

American Record: 3:01.60 – California (2015)

NCAA: 3:00.68 – Texas (2016)

U.S.  Open: 3:00.68 – Texas (2016)

Meet: 3:00.68 – Texas (2016)

Missouri grabbed the top seed of the morning with a dynamic 3:02.53, thanks to fast relay splits from Fabian Schwingenschloegl and Michael Chadwick. Schwingenschloegl posted a 50.66 on the breast leg to be the fastest split of the morning, while Chadwick’s 40.93 free split was second only to Caeleb Dressel’s 40.56. Schwingenschloegl and Chadwick paired up with Daniel Hein (back, 46.36) and Andrew Sansoucie (free, 40.93) posted a combined 3:02.53.

Texas’ John Shebat (44.82), Will Licon (51.38), Joseph Schooling (45.41), and Brett Ringgold (41.84) posted a second place qualifying time of 3:03.45, while Indiana’s foursome of Bob Glover (45.86), Ian Finnerty (52.02), Vini Lanza (44.85), and Blake Pieroni (41.11) turned in a 3:03.84 for third.

Louisville picked up the fourth place seed with a 3:04.05, followed by Florida’s 3:04.20.

USC (3:04.55), Stanford (3:04.90), and Cal (3:04.95) complete the top eight.

Harvard and Alabama suffered disqualifications for an early take-off from Dean Farris (Harvard, free) and a stroke infraction from Luke Kaliszak (Alabama, breast).

 Event 7  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
====================================================================
         NCAA: N 3:00.68  3/24/2016 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
 Championship: C 3:00.68  3/24/2016 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
     American: A 3:01.60  3/26/2015 California
                          R Murphy, C Katis, J Lynch, S Stubblefield
   U. S. Open: O 3:00.68  3/24/2016 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
         Pool: P 3:02.09            Arizona
    School                                 Seed    Prelims        
====================================================================
                       === Preliminaries ===                        
 
  1 Missouri                            3:04.33    3:02.53  
     1) Hein, Daniel FR               2) r:0.29 Schwingenschloebian SR
     3) r:0.29 Sansoucie, Andrew SR   4) r:0.26 Chadwick, Michael SR  
    r:+0.52  22.22        46.36 (46.36)
        1:09.62 (23.26)     1:37.02 (50.66)
        1:57.50 (20.48)     2:21.60 (44.58)
        2:40.84 (19.24)     3:02.53 (40.93)
  2 Texas                               3:03.32    3:03.45  
     1) Shebat, John SO               2) r:0.31 Licon, Will SR        
     3) r:0.41 Schooling, Joseph JR   4) r:0.32 Ringgold, Brett JR    
    r:+0.58  21.31        44.82 (44.82)
        1:08.87 (24.05)     1:36.20 (51.38)
        1:57.13 (20.93)     2:21.61 (45.41)
        2:41.77 (20.16)     3:03.45 (41.84)
  3 Indiana                             3:03.28    3:03.84  
     1) Glover, Bob SR                2) r:0.09 Finnerty, Ian SO      
     3) r:-0.04 Lanza, Vini SO        4) r:0.12 Pieroni, Blake JR     
    r:+0.52  22.15        45.86 (45.86)
        1:09.68 (23.82)     1:37.88 (52.02)
        1:58.46 (20.58)     2:22.73 (44.85)
        2:42.09 (19.36)     3:03.84 (41.11)
  4 Louisville                          3:04.44    3:04.05  
     1) Tarasevich, Grigory SR        2) r:0.15 Claverie, Carlos JR   
     3) r:0.07 Quallen, Josh SR       4) r:0.21 Carroll, Trevor SR    
    r:+0.57  22.16        45.45 (45.45)
        1:09.00 (23.55)     1:36.47 (51.02)
        1:57.30 (20.83)     2:21.66 (45.19)
        2:41.56 (19.90)     3:04.05 (42.39)
  5 Florida                             3:04.52    3:04.20  
     1) Blyzinskyj, Jack SR           2) r:0.16 Bray, Chandler FR     
     3) r:0.02 Switkowski, Jan JR     4) r:0.22 Dressel, Caeleb JR    
    r:+0.61  22.13        46.01 (46.01)
        1:10.39 (24.38)     1:38.58 (52.57)
        1:59.28 (20.70)     2:23.64 (45.06)
        2:42.79 (19.15)     3:04.20 (40.56)
  6 Southern Cali                       3:04.51    3:04.55  
     1) Tribuntsov, Ralf JR           2) r:0.12 Vissering, Carsten SO 
     3) r:0.24 Carter, Dylan JR       4) r:0.22 Condorelli, Santo JR  
    r:+0.63  22.08        45.53 (45.53)
        1:09.52 (23.99)     1:37.64 (52.11)
        1:58.04 (20.40)     2:22.59 (44.95)
        2:42.30 (19.71)     3:04.55 (41.96)
  7 Stanford                            3:04.50    3:04.90  
     1) Dudzinski, Ryan SO            2) r:0.19 Anderson, Matt SO     
     3) r:0.13 Liang, Andrew JR       4) r:0.09 Perry, Sam JR         
    r:+0.57  22.19        45.90 (45.90)
        1:10.03 (24.13)     1:38.22 (52.32)
        1:58.80 (20.58)     2:23.68 (45.46)
        2:42.74 (19.06)     3:04.90 (41.22)
  8 California                          3:03.45    3:04.95  
     1) Quah, Zheng FR                2) r:0.19 Hoppe, Connor JR      
     3) r:0.06 Lynch, Justin JR       4) r:0.24 Jensen, Michael FR    
    r:+0.53  21.99        46.25 (46.25)
        1:10.14 (23.89)     1:37.76 (51.51)
        1:58.32 (20.56)     2:23.05 (45.29)
        2:42.67 (19.62)     3:04.95 (41.90)
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