2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships: Shaine Casas Top Seed in 100 Backstroke

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The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship continued Friday with preliminaries on Day 3 of the meet.

The events scheduled are the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.

Cal has the lead heading into the day, but a late surge from Texas on Thursday night has the meet extremely close with every swim counting for both teams.

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NCAA Championships: 100 Backstroke

Cal’s Ryan Murphy has the top spot in history at 43.39, the NCAA and American record set in 2016. NC State’s Coleman Stewart is next at 43.62, followed by Harvard’s Dean Farris (43.66) and Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas, in 43.87. … Stanford has 13 titles in history, while USC and texas each have eight. … Murphy and USC’s John Naber each claimed four titles in the event, while Peter Marshall, Yoshi Oyakawa and Jeff Rouse each claimed three.

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas continued his strong start to the NCAA Championships. After winning the first title in Aggies’ history on Thursday in the 200 IM, he took the top seed in the 100 backstroke on Friday with a time of 44.41.

Cal freshman Destin Lasco has the second seed in 44.55, ahead of NC State sophomore Kacper Stokowski (44.70).

Louisville senior Nicholas Albiero, in the middle of an impressive double, finished with the fourth seed in 44.85. He also took the fourth seed in the 100 butterfly earlier in the session, making the finals in both events.

Indiana sophomore Brendan Burns took the fifth spot, followed by Javier Acevedo, a senior from Georgia, who touched the wall in 44.95.

Texas senior Alvin Jiang took the seventh seed in 44.97, also in a double, after making the final in the 100 butterfly.

Cal senior Bryce Mefford took the eighth spot in 45.04.

Cal has two in the final sin the event with one for Texas as the teams battle for every point.

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         Meet: M 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: A 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: O 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         Pool: P 44.04  2/28/2020 Coleman Stewart, NC State
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Casas, Shaine          JR TAMU                43.87      44.41  
    r:+0.67  21.28        44.41 (23.13)
  2 Lasco, Destin          FR California          45.21      44.55  
    r:+0.66  21.74        44.55 (22.81)
  3 Stokowski, Kacper      SO NC State            44.82      44.70  
    r:+0.63  22.10        44.70 (22.60)
  4 Albiero, Nicolas       SR Louisville          44.85      44.85  
    r:+0.66  21.72        44.85 (23.13)
  5 Burns, Brendan         SO Indiana             47.17      44.87  
    r:+0.89  21.90        44.87 (22.97)
  6 Acevedo, Javi          SR Georgia             44.96      44.95  
    r:+0.56  22.10        44.95 (22.85)
  7 Jiang, Alvin           SR Texas               45.09      44.97  
    r:+0.72  21.87        44.97 (23.10)
  8 Mefford, Bryce         SR California          45.38      45.04  
    r:+0.66  21.78        45.04 (23.26)
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  9 Armstrong, Hunter      SO Ohio St             44.92      45.15  
    r:+0.66  21.69        45.15 (23.46)
 10 Chaney, Adam           FR Florida             44.99      45.24  
    r:+0.65  21.69        45.24 (23.55)
 11 Katz, Austin           SR Texas               46.39      45.27  
    r:+0.60  21.95        45.27 (23.32)
 12 Staka, Chris           SR Texas               45.12      45.35  
    r:+0.68  21.99        45.35 (23.36)
 13 Menke, Matthew         SO Alabama             45.18      45.39  
    r:+0.69  21.87        45.39 (23.52)
 14 Steele, Jacob          SR Indiana             45.39      45.48  
    r:+0.63  21.96        45.48 (23.52)
 15 Fantoni, Gabriel       SR Indiana             45.26      45.51  
    r:+0.80  21.86        45.51 (23.65)
 16 Carr, Daniel           SR California          45.35      45.53  
    r:+0.60  21.77        45.53 (23.76)

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