Dressel Drops Fastest Ever Relay Split on Day Three Prelims of DI NCAA’s

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Florida’s Caeleb Dressel continued to improve this morning by throwing down the fastest 50 free relay split in history with a 17.30. This helped Florida’s 4×50 medley relay earn the third spot heading into tonight while USC will take ownership of lane four in tonight’s A final.

Other notable swims came from Auburn’s top seed Hugo Gonzalez who fell to 30th place while Indiana’s Ian Finnerty set himself up for a potential title in the 100 breast tonight.

For full results of this morning’s prelims, click here.

Today’s events include:

  • 400 IM
  • 100 Fly
  • 200 Free
  • 100 Breast
  • 100 Back
  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 3-Meter Diving

Day Three Individual Ups & Downs

Cal – 6/4

Texas – 5/2

Indiana – 5/1

USC – 4/1

NC State – 3/2

Florida – 3/1

Louisville – 2/2

Georgia – 2/1

Michigan – 1/4

Stanford – 1/4

South Carolina – 1/2

Arizona – 1/1

Auburn – 1/0

Cornell – 1/0

Denver – 1/0

Harvard – 1/0

Minnesota – 1/0

Texas A&M – 1/0

Arizona State – 0/3

Virginia – 0/3

Tennessee – 0/3

Alabama – 0/1

Grand Canyon – 0/1

Missouri – 0/1

Ohio State – 0/1

Towson – 0/1

West Virginia – 0/1

Check below for event-by-event coverage.

400 IM

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar dipped under USC’s Ous Mellouli‘s pool record from 2005 in a time of 3:37.84 to easily put himself ahead of the rest of the field heading into tonight’s A final. Flanking Seliskar tonight will be Texas senior Jonathan Roberts (3:38.64) and Georgia senior Gunnar Bentz (3:38.90).

Rounding out the A final tonight will be South Carolina freshman Brandonn Almeida with his 3:39.52.

Leading the B final will be Stanford’s Curtis Ogren 3:39.76.

Notably, top-seed Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez was nowhere to be found this morning as he swam a 3:46.19 for 30th place overall.

Event 8  Men 400 Yard IM
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 3:33.42  03/24/2017Chase Kalisz, Georgia
     American: A 3:33.42  03/24/2017Chase Kalisz, Georgia
   U. S. Open: O 3:33.42  03/24/2017Chase Kalisz, Georgia
 Championship: C 3:33.42  03/24/2017Chase Kalisz, Georgia
         Pool: P 3:39.19  03/25/2005Ous Mellouli, Southern Cal
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims NISCA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Andrew Seliskar  JR California        3:38.65    3:37.84P    q  
    r:+0.67  23.07        49.85 (26.78)
        1:18.21 (28.36)     1:45.95 (27.74)
        2:15.84 (29.89)     2:45.79 (29.95)
        3:12.10 (26.31)     3:37.84 (25.74)
  2 Jonathan Robert  SR Texas             3:43.72    3:38.64P    q  
    r:+0.73  22.46        48.46 (26.00)
        1:15.57 (27.11)     1:42.46 (26.89)
        2:14.43 (31.97)     2:46.66 (32.23)
        3:13.79 (27.13)     3:38.64 (24.85)
  3 Gunnar Bentz     SR Georgia           3:44.60    3:38.90P    q  
    r:+0.76  23.35        49.96 (26.61)
        1:18.54 (28.58)     1:45.92 (27.38)
        2:17.19 (31.27)     2:48.05 (30.86)
        3:14.34 (26.29)     3:38.90 (24.56)
  4 Jay Litherland   SR Georgia           3:39.96    3:38.92P    q  
    r:+0.76  23.49        50.03 (26.54)
        1:17.41 (27.38)     1:44.53 (27.12)
        2:15.66 (31.13)     2:47.32 (31.66)
        3:13.68 (26.36)     3:38.92 (25.24)
  5 Abrahm DeVine    JR Stanford          3:44.41    3:39.29     q  
    r:+0.68  22.97        49.28 (26.31)
        1:17.46 (28.18)     1:45.25 (27.79)
        2:16.38 (31.13)     2:48.45 (32.07)
        3:15.05 (26.60)     3:39.29 (24.24)
  6 Nick Thorne      SR Arizona           3:41.47    3:39.39     q  
    r:+0.76  23.19        49.84 (26.65)
        1:18.32 (28.48)     1:45.86 (27.54)
        2:17.23 (31.37)     2:48.68 (31.45)
        3:14.62 (25.94)     3:39.39 (24.77)
  7 Charlie Swanson  SO Michigan          3:39.16    3:39.51     q  
    r:+0.68  23.45        50.44 (26.99)
        1:19.24 (28.80)     1:47.76 (28.52)
        2:17.58 (29.82)     2:48.32 (30.74)
        3:14.44 (26.12)     3:39.51 (25.07)
  8 Brandonn Almeid  FR South Carolina    3:39.09    3:39.52     q  
    r:+0.66  23.66        50.80 (27.14)
        1:18.35 (27.55)     1:44.92 (26.57)
        2:16.05 (31.13)     2:48.03 (31.98)
        3:14.36 (26.33)     3:39.52 (25.16)

100 Fly

Florida senior Caeleb Dressel performed well as expected this morning by earning the lane four spot in a time of 44.37. Indiana’s Vini Lanza (44.66) and Texas Longhorn Joseph Schooling (44.97) followed behind in second and third, respectively, which will set us up for an interesting match-up tonight.

Rounding out the A final is Cal freshman Ryan Hoffer with his time of 45.29 from this morning.

Leading the B final tonight will be Arizona junior Chatham Dobbs with a time of 45.31.

Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
 Championship: C 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 44.57  03/16/2007Albert Subirats, Arizona
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims NISCA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             46.89      44.37P q192  
    r:+0.65  20.32        44.37 (24.05)
  2 Vini Lanza       JR Indiana             44.79      44.66  q189  
    r:+0.70  20.88        44.66 (23.78)
  3 Joseph Schoolin  SR Texas               44.78      44.97  q186  
    r:+0.64  20.82        44.97 (24.15)
  4 Ryan Held        SR NC State            44.96      45.06  q185  
    r:+0.64  20.56        45.06 (24.50)
  5 Jan Switkowski   SR Florida             45.26      45.09  q185  
    r:+0.67  21.00        45.09 (24.09)
  6 Justin Lynch     SR California          45.14      45.13  q184  
    r:+0.60  21.04        45.13 (24.09)
  7 Matthew Josa     SR California          45.27      45.23  q183  
    r:+0.64  20.84        45.23 (24.39)
  8 Ryan Hoffer      FR California          46.40      45.29  q183  
    r:+0.68  21.35        45.29 (23.94)

200 Free

500 free champion from last night, Townley Haas, swam a 1:31.78 to take the top spot heading into tonight’s A final ahead of Auburn’s Zach Apple (1:32.20) and USC’s Dylan Carter (1:32.30).

Taking eighth was Cal freshman Bryce Mefford in a time was 1:32.84.

The B final will be lead by Louisville’s Bryce Mefford who posted a 1:33.16.

Notably, Florida’s Maxime Rooney was seeded to score, but fell to 21st with a 1:34.39 from his seed time of 1:32.97.

Event 10  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:29.63  03/21/2018Blake Pieroni, Indiana
     American: A 1:29.63  03/21/2018Blake Pieroni, Indiana
   U. S. Open: O 1:29.63  03/21/2018Blake Pieroni, Indiana
 Championship: C 1:29.63  03/21/2018Blake Pieroni, Indiana
         Pool: P 1:29.63  03/21/2018Blake Pieroni, Indiana
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims NISCA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Townley Haas     JR Texas             1:32.40    1:31.78  q182  
    r:+0.74  21.34        44.36 (23.02)
        1:08.06 (23.70)     1:31.78 (23.72)
  2 Zach Apple       JR Auburn            1:32.92    1:32.20  q180  
    r:+0.64  21.41        44.58 (23.17)
        1:08.03 (23.45)     1:32.20 (24.17)
  3 Dylan Carter     SR USC               1:33.15    1:32.30  q179  
    r:+0.63  21.35        44.56 (23.21)
        1:08.31 (23.75)     1:32.30 (23.99)
  4 Blake Pieroni    SR Indiana           1:31.14    1:32.40  q178  
    r:+0.66  21.09        44.26 (23.17)
        1:07.97 (23.71)     1:32.40 (24.43)
  5 Dean Farris      SO Harvard           1:31.12    1:32.41  q178  
    r:+0.66  21.22        44.34 (23.12)
        1:07.92 (23.58)     1:32.41 (24.49)
  6 Khader Baqlah    SO Florida           1:31.96    1:32.53  q178  
    r:+0.72  22.21        45.91 (23.70)
        1:09.48 (23.57)     1:32.53 (23.05)
  7 Mohamed Samy     SO Indiana           1:32.56    1:32.76  q177  
    r:+0.77  21.62        44.84 (23.22)
        1:08.50 (23.66)     1:32.76 (24.26)
  8 Bryce Mefford    FR California        1:34.57    1:32.84  q176  
    r:+0.69  21.83        45.43 (23.60)
        1:08.97 (23.54)     1:32.84 (23.87)

100 Breast

Indiana’s Ian Finnerty swam well ahead of the rest of his heat by posting a time about a second and a half ahead of anyone else in a 50.47. This lowered his own pool record from earlier in the year. California’s Connor Hoppe (51.78) and USC’s Carsten Vissering (51.87) are currently sitting second and third, heading into tonight.

Continuing the trend of freshman squeaking into A finals, Louisville freshman Evengii Somov posted a 52.28 to get eighth this morning.

Tonight’s B final will be lead by Louisville senior Carlos Claverie who swam a 52.29.

Event 11  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 50.03  02/17/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 50.03  02/17/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 50.03  02/17/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida
 Championship: C 50.04  03/28/2014Kevin Cordes, Arizona
         Pool: P 50.72  02/23/2018Ian Finnerty, Indiana
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims NISCA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Ian Finnerty     JR Indiana             50.72      50.47P q194  
    r:+0.64  23.61        50.47 (26.86)
  2 Connor Hoppe     SR California          51.91      51.78  q182  
    r:+0.70  24.30        51.78 (27.48)
  3 Carsten Visseri  JR USC                 52.00      51.87  q182  
    r:+0.68  24.14        51.87 (27.73)
  4 Alex Evdokimov   SR Cornell             51.85      51.88  q182  
    r:+0.60  24.17        51.88 (27.71)
  5 Conner McHugh    SR Minnesota           51.68      52.05  q180  
    r:+0.81  24.40        52.05 (27.65)
  6 Mauro Castillo   SR Texas A&M           52.11      52.14  q179  
    r:+0.63  24.44        52.14 (27.70)
  7 Levi Brock       SR Indiana             51.45      52.24  q179  
    r:+0.73  24.26        52.24 (27.98)
  8 Evgenii Somov    FR Louisville          52.18      52.28  q178  
    r:+0.66  24.46        52.28 (27.82)

100 Back

USC freshman Robert Glinta posed the only sub-45 time in a 44.99 wile NC State’s Andreas Vazaios and Texas’ John Shebat tied for second just .01 behind in 45.00. Texas freshman Austin Katz will be rounding out the A final with his 45.21.

The B final will be lead by GCU’s Mark Nikolaev (45.30), who was seeded to be in the A final with his seed time of 44.71.

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
         NCAA: N 43.49  03/25/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
     American: A 43.49  03/25/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
   U. S. Open: O 43.49  03/25/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
 Championship: C 43.49  03/25/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         Pool: P 44.83  03/16/2007Albert Subirats, Arizona
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims NISCA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Robert Glinta    FR USC                 45.29      44.99  q186  
    r:+0.69  21.54        44.99 (23.45)
  2 Andreas Vazaios  JR NC State            45.63      45.00  q186  
    r:+0.60  21.84        45.00 (23.16)
  2 John Shebat      JR Texas               45.76      45.00  q186  
    r:+0.64  21.45        45.00 (23.55)
  4 Ralf Tribuntsov  SR USC                 45.32      45.03  q186  
    r:+0.68  21.99        45.03 (23.04)
  5 Nicolas Albiero  FR Louisville          45.42      45.05  q185  
    r:+0.66  21.92        45.05 (23.13)
  6 Anton Loncar     SR Denver              45.92      45.11  q185  
    r:+0.73  22.03        45.11 (23.08)
  7 Coleman Stewart  SO NC State            44.54      45.16  q184  
    r:+0.68  21.89        45.16 (23.27)
  8 Austin Katz      FR Texas               45.34      45.21  q184  
    r:+0.65  21.74        45.21 (23.47)

200 Medley Relay

USC’s squad of Ralf Tribunstov (20.93), Carsten Vissering (23.38), Dylan Carter (19.97) and Santo Condorelli (18.48) all produced a time of 1:22.76 to take the top seed in the A final tonight. The second seed will be California who posted a 1:23.20 while Florida’s quartet, which featured an insane 17.30 freestyle split from Caeleb Dressel,  put together a time of 1:23.24 to earn them third heading into tonight.

Rounding out the A final will be Louisville who swam a 1:23.79.

Notably, Arizona’s team, who had B final scoring potential, was disqualified.

The B final will be feature Stanford’s foursome in the middle lane with their time of 1:23.89.

Event 14  Men 200 Yard Medley Relay
====================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:21.54  03/24/2017Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
     American: A 1:22.40  03/27/2015California
                          R Murphy, C Katis, J Lynch, T Messerschmidt
   U. S. Open: O 1:21.54  03/24/2017Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
 Championship: C 1:21.54  03/24/2017Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
         Pool: P 1:23.12  03/25/2011California
                          G Barnea, D Dugonjic, G Moore, N Adrian
    School                           Seed    Prelims NISCA       
====================================================================
                       === Preliminaries ===                        
 
  1 USC                           1:24.43    1:22.76P q585  
     1) Ralf Tribuntsov SR            2) r:0.23 Carsten Vissering JR  
     3) r:0.31 Dylan Carter SR        4) r:0.14 Santo Condorelli SR   
    r:+0.65  20.93        44.31 (23.38)
        1:04.28 (19.97)     1:22.76 (18.48)
  2 California                    1:23.14    1:23.20  q579  
     1) Daniel Carr FR                2) r:0.42 Connor Hoppe SR       
     3) r:0.33 Justin Lynch SR        4) r:0.37 Pawel Sendyk SO       
    r:+0.64  21.03        44.43 (23.40)
        1:04.24 (19.81)     1:23.20 (18.96)
  3 Florida                       1:22.94    1:23.24  q579  
     1) Michael Taylor FR             2) r:0.19 Chandler Bray SO      
     3) r:0.20 Mark Szaranek SR       4) r:0.14 Caeleb Dressel SR     
    r:+0.63  21.63        45.49 (23.86)
        1:05.94 (20.45)     1:23.24 (17.30)
  4 Indiana                       1:23.95    1:23.26  q579  
     1) Gabriel Fantoni FR            2) r:0.31 Ian Finnerty JR       
     3) r:0.34 Vini Lanza JR          4) r:0.29 Bruno Blaskovic FR    
    r:+0.68  21.40        44.67 (23.27)
        1:04.43 (19.76)     1:23.26 (18.83)
  5 Texas                         1:24.28    1:23.28  q579  
     1) John Shebat JR                2) r:0.10 Joseph Schooling SR   
     3) r:0.24 Tate Jackson JR        4) r:0.18 Brett Ringgold SR     
    r:+0.65  21.07        44.65 (23.58)
        1:04.70 (20.05)     1:23.28 (18.58)
  6 Tennessee                     1:23.02    1:23.64  q573  
     1) Braga Verhage SO              2) r:0.12 Peter Stevens SR      
     3) r:0.19 Ryan Coetzee SR        4) r:0.18 Kyle Decoursey JR     
    r:+0.64  21.89        44.65 (22.76)
        1:05.09 (20.44)     1:23.64 (18.55)
  7 NC State                      1:23.53    1:23.66  q573  
     1) Andreas Vazaios JR            2) r:0.15 Daniel Graber JR      
     3) r:0.23 Coleman Stewart SO     4) r:0.22 Jacob Molacek JR      
    r:+0.63  20.79        44.54 (23.75)
        1:04.94 (20.40)     1:23.66 (18.72)
  8 Louisville                    1:23.41    1:23.79  q570  
     1) Nicolas Albiero FR            2) r:0.10 Carlos Claverie SR    
     3) r:0.14 Zach Harting JR        4) r:0.06 Andrej Barna SO       
    r:+0.63  21.00        44.65 (23.65)
        1:05.18 (20.53)     1:23.79 (18.61)
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