2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming Championships: Day 4 Finals Photo Gallery

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The final day had plenty of fast races during the final session at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, on Friday.

The final night of the men’s NCAA championships featured impressive winning efforts by Dean Farris in the 100 free and Andreas Vazaios won the 200 fly, while Andrew Seliskar won the 200 breast, John Shebat won the 200 back and Felix Auböck won the 1650 free.

Cal held off Texas to win the team championship.

Swimming World’s chief photographer Peter Bick has been on deck capturing some of the images and emotions of the meet. Splash through the gallery below.

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1650 Free

Michigan junior Felix Aubock took control early in the 1650 free on the final night of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Throughout the race, Aubock was creeping further and further below NCAA record pace. Aubock did not have enough left over the final 100 to get the record but he swam a 14:23.09 to win his first ever NCAA individual title.

Aubock was second in 2017 and second in 2018 in this event. He was third in the 500 in 2017 and second in 2018. This season he was the favorite to win the 500 but he failed to make finals, placing 35th. Aubock finally put those demons behind him and won his first individual title for Michigan in this event. Aubock was off his best time of 14:22.88 as he remains the third fastest performer ever in this event.

Indiana freshman Michael Brinegar (14:27.50) gave Aubock a race early as he ended up with the runner-up spot for the Hoosiers.

Cal continued to pick up valuable points as Nick Norman (14:32.12) and Sean Grieshop (14:35.82) placed third and fourth. Grieshop was swimming in the earlier heats as he had the fastest time this afternoon.

There were a lot of fast times out of the afternoon heats with Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta (14:38.92), Stanford’s True Sweetser (14:39.07) and Georgia’s Walker Higgins (14:39.52) all placed in the top eight.

Virginia’s Brendan Casey (14:38.42) placed fourth in the fastest seeded heat and he finished fifth overall.

Michigan now has nine NCAA titles in this event. Aubock joins the likes of Fritz Myers (1957), Marcel Wouda (1993), Tom Dolan (1995, 96), Chris Thompson (2001), Peter Vanderkaay (2004) and Connor Jaeger (2013, 14) as winners of the event for the Wolverines.

200 Back

Texas senior John Shebat finally came out on top. After finishing second in the 100 and 200 the last two years, he finally broke through for his first individual NCAA title in the 200 back on Saturday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Shebat went out hard and swam a 1:36.42 as he held off sophomore teammate Austin Katz (1:36.45). Katz almost ran Shebat down as the two Longhorns went 1-2 in their home pool.

This is the second event in a row that the runner-up the last two seasons ended up breaking through for their first title. Michigan’s Felix Aubock was second in the 1650 in 2017 and 2018 and won his first NCAA title in the preceding event.

Shebat and Katz moved up to second and third all-time in the 200 back with their swims as Shebat was out under Ryan Murphy’s NCAA and American Record pace.

Cal’s Bryce Mefford (1:38.65) finished in third for the Golden Bears as Cal also had Daniel Carr (1:39.33) place fifth in the final.

NC State’s Coleman Stewart (1:38.81), who placed second twice on Friday night, placed fourth for the Wolfpack.

Florida’s Clark Beach (1:39.68), Hawaii’s Kane Follows (1:40.14) and Arizona State’s Zachary Poti (1:40.38) also swam in the A-Final.

Texas now has nine 200 back NCAA titles, the second most of any school. Shebat joins the likes of Rick Carey (1982-84), Doug Gjertsen (1987), Nate Dusing (2001), Aaron Peirsol (2003-04) and Katz (2018) as winners of the event for the Longhorns.

100 Free

Harvard junior Dean Farris continued his incredible meet at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas as he swam a 40.80 to win his second individual title of the weekend. Farris held off a hard charge from Minnesota senior Bowen Becker (40.83) who gave Farris everything he could handle the final 25.

Farris moved up to third all-time in the 100 free as Becker moved up to fourth.

Indiana senior Zach Apple (41.45) placed third for the Hoosiers as he was just off his best time of 41.36 from 2018.

The youngest in the final was freshman Daniel Krueger (41.56), who placed fourth for the Longhorns. Texas is 53 points out of first place as they are scratching for everything they can get to win a fifth straight team title in their home pool.

Cal picked up points from Ryan Hoffer (41.82) and Pawel Sendyk (42.06) in sixth and eighth.

Alabama’s Robert Howard (41.75) and NC State’s Justin Ress (42.00) also swam in the A-Final.

Harvard now has three NCAA titles in the 100 free as Farris joins the likes of Charles Hutter (1936) and Henry Dyer (1957) as winners of the event for the Crimson.\

200 Breast

Cal senior Andrew Seliskar won his third event of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a 1:48.70 in the 200 breast final on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. Seliskar used a strong back-half to take down the defending champion Ian Finnerty of Indiana. Finnerty finished in third at 1:49.90 as Minnesota freshman Max McHugh was runner-up at 1:49.41 for the Golden Gophers. McHugh was the second Gopher to finish second in an individual event tonight after Bowen Becker was second in the 100 free.

Seliskar is now third all-time in the 200 breaststroke while McHugh is now sixth all-time. Finnerty also improved on his best time, moving up to seventh all-time.

Barring an official search, Seliskar could be one of the first men to ever win the 200 breast and 200 free at the same NCAAs. Seliskar won the 200 free on Friday night in Austin and also won the 200 IM on Thursday.

Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis (1:50.79), Cal’s Reece Whitley (1:50.84), Ohio State’s Paul DeLakis (1:52.05), Texas A&M’s Benjamin Walker (1:53.09) and Georgia’s James Guest (1:53.47) also swam in the A-Final.

Pumputis swam in three A-Finals at NCAAs this week, placing sixth in both the 200 IM and 100 breast.

Cal now has five NCAA titles in the 200 breaststroke. Seliskar joins the likes of D. Graham Smith (1977-79) and Henrique Barbosa (2006) as winners of the event for the Golden Bears.

200 Fly

NC State senior Andreas Vazaios won the 200 fly final on Saturday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships for the second straight year. After moving to third all-time last year, Vazaios swam 0.03 faster in 2019 with a 1:38.57. Vazaios has the quickest second 100 as he used a huge 25.11 on his third 50 to solidify his lead going into the final 50. Vazaios finished ahead of 100 champion Vini Lanza (1:39.63) of Indiana and early leader Zheng Quah (1:39.68) of Cal.

Vazaios improved on his best time as he remains third all-time with his swim tonight. NC State has yet to win an NCAA title this week in Austin and Vazaios ended that drought with his gold in the 200 fly.

Zheng and Lanza are in the top eight all-time list but did not improve on their best times.

Louisville’s Nick Albiero (1:40.08), who has had a quietly successful meet in Austin, placed fourth for the Cardinals for his highest NCAA finish ever. He is now 13th all-time in the 200 fly.

Virginia’s Zach Fong (1:40.28), Cal’s Trenton Julian (1:40.94), Towson’s Jack Saunderson (1:41.06) and Georgia’s Camden Murphy (1:41.97) also swam in the A-Final.

Cal has officially clinched the 2019 NCAA title, their first title since winning in Austin in 2014.

NC State now has four NCAA titles in the 200 fly. Vazaios joins the likes of Richard Fadgen (1956), Steve Gregg (1976) and himself (2018) as winners of the event for the Wolfpack.

Platform Diving

Texas sophomore Jordan Windle used a clutch final dive to win the platform diving title on Saturday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Windle (447.00) scored 86 points on his final dive to overtake Miami junior David Dinsmore (440.75), who won the title in 2017. Dinsmore had the lead going into the final dive but his 77 points were not enough to overcome Windle’s final dive.

Windle actually took down the 2017 champ (Dinsmore) and the 2018 and 2016 champion in this event in Tennessee senior Colin Zeng (406.00). Windle won the first NCAA title in the platform board for the Longhorns as the sophomore won in his home pool.

Windle also took after fellow Longhorn Murphy Bromberg, who won the women’s platform title last week in Austin.

LSU’s Juan Hernandez (435.80) placed third for the Tigers, scoring 81 points on his fourth dive to put him in contention for the win.

Miami’s Zach Cooper (407.80), who competed in his only event this week in platform, placed fourth for the Hurricanes. Miami placed 21st as a team with only three total divers in the meet.

Tennessee’s Zeng (406.00), Purdue’s Ben Bramley (396.30), Ohio State’s Joseph Canova (368.95) and Kentucky’s Seb Masterson (321.30) also competed in the A-Final.

This is the first platform NCAA diving title for Texas.

400 Free Relay

The Texas Longhorns closed the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a 2:45.12 in the 400 free relay as Texas won its second relay of the weekend in their home pool. The relay win is also the third gold of the night for the Longhorns. The team of Daniel Krueger (41.73), John Shebat (41.65), Tate Jackson (40.98) and Townley Haas (40.76) swam a 2:45.12 to win the four-team battle over NC State (2:46.25), Cal (2:46.41) and Indiana (2:47.22).

Texas was in a dogfight with the aforementioned four teams as NC State came in second with Jacob Molacek (41.91), Coleman Stewart (41.94), Nyls Korstanje (41.44) and Justin Ress (40.96). This is the third relay NC State finished in second in after grabbing the runner-up spots in the 800 free and 200 free relays.

Cal was third as the Golden Bears clinched their first NCAA team title since 2014. The team of Michael Jensen (42.15), Pawel Sendyk (41.92), Ryan Hoffer (41.24) and Andrew Seliskar (41.10) swam for the Golden Bears. Cal won the team title after only winning one relay (200 free) all week.

Florida State (2:48.51), Louisville (2:50.21), Ohio State (2:50.28) and Arizona State (2:50.47) also swam in the A-Final.

The fastest splits outside the top three came from Indiana’s Zach Apple (41.47), Jack Franzman (41.51), Louisville’s Zach Harting (41.80) and Florida State’s Emir Muratovic (41.88).

Texas now has ten 400 free relay NCAA titles. The 2019 team joins the likes of the teams from 1981, 1988-91, 1994, 2001, 2012 and 2017 as winners of the event for the Longhorns.


2 comments

  1. avatar
    Dan

    Thanks for the awesome pictures.