Abrahm DeVine Successfully Defends 400 IM NCAA Title

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Stanford senior Abrahm DeVine successfully defended his 400 IM title he won in 2018 on Friday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. DeVine was in the lead early and used a strong breaststroke leg to propel him to the lead at the 300. He won in a 3:36.41.

DeVine led a Pac-12 1-2-3 at the top with Cal’s Sean Grieshop (3:37.03) and Mike Thomas (3:37.52) sitting in second and third. Grieshop moved up to 11th all-time with his swim.

Grieshop almost closed the gap on DeVine with a 49.33 on the last 100. The Golden Bears picked up valuable team points with Trenton Julian also in the final, placing fifth at 3:39.83.

DeVine was one of four seniors in the field as the 2020 title looks wide open for next season. Virginia’s Brendan Casey (3:38.43) placed fourth.

Arizona’s David Schlicht (3:41.77), Florida’s Kieran Smith (3:43.12) and Penn’s Mark Andrew (3:43.76) also swam in the A-Final.

DeVine was off his best time from 2018 as he still sits second all-time with his 3:35. Stanford now has seven NCAA titles in the 400 IM. DeVine joins the likes of Dick Roth (1967), Jeff Kostoff (1985, 87), Tom Wilkens (1997, 98) and himself (2018) as winners of the event for the Cardinal.

 Event 8  Men 400 Yard IM
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         NCAA: N 3:33.42  24-Mar-17 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
         Meet: M 3:33.42  24-Mar-17 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
     American: A 3:33.42  24-Mar-17 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
   U. S. Open: O 3:33.42  24-Mar-17 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
         Pool: P 3:34.50  27-Mar-14 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 DeVine, Abrahm         SR Stanford          3:38.53    3:36.41   20  
    r:+0.67  22.64        48.80 (26.16)
        1:16.32 (27.52)     1:43.30 (26.98)
        2:13.94 (30.64)     2:45.11 (31.17)
        3:11.29 (26.18)     3:36.41 (25.12)
  2 Grieshop, Sean         SO California        3:39.64    3:37.03   17  
    r:+0.66  23.45        50.29 (26.84)
        1:18.41 (28.12)     1:45.68 (27.27)
        2:16.63 (30.95)     2:47.70 (31.07)
        3:12.90 (25.20)     3:37.03 (24.13)
  3 Thomas, Mike           SR California        3:39.70    3:37.52   16  
    r:+0.67  22.94        48.74 (25.80)
        1:16.51 (27.77)     1:43.18 (26.67)
        2:14.43 (31.25)     2:46.64 (32.21)
        3:12.59 (25.95)     3:37.52 (24.93)
  4 Casey, Brendan         SR Virginia          3:39.02    3:38.43   15  
    r:+0.67  23.11        49.39 (26.28)
        1:16.48 (27.09)     1:43.26 (26.78)
        2:15.40 (32.14)     2:47.42 (32.02)
        3:13.29 (25.87)     3:38.43 (25.14)
  5 Julian, Trenton        SO California        3:40.14    3:39.83   14  
    r:+0.64  23.09        48.82 (25.73)
        1:17.01 (28.19)     1:44.63 (27.62)
        2:15.71 (31.08)     2:47.48 (31.77)
        3:14.10 (26.62)     3:39.83 (25.73)
  6 Schlicht, David        FR Arizona           3:40.75    3:41.77   13  
    r:+0.68  23.70        50.85 (27.15)
        1:19.08 (28.23)     1:47.52 (28.44)
        2:18.34 (30.82)     2:49.67 (31.33)
        3:16.30 (26.63)     3:41.77 (25.47)
  7 Smith, Kieran          FR Florida           3:40.78    3:43.12   12  
    r:+0.73  23.20        50.35 (27.15)
        1:18.56 (28.21)     1:46.19 (27.63)
        2:18.54 (32.35)     2:51.58 (33.04)
        3:18.04 (26.46)     3:43.12 (25.08)
  8 Andrew, Mark           SR Penn              3:40.28    3:43.76   11  
    r:+0.71  23.73        51.51 (27.78)
        1:20.94 (29.43)     1:49.58 (28.64)
        2:19.80 (30.22)     2:51.46 (31.66)
        3:17.99 (26.53)     3:43.76 (25.77)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 8                  
 
  1. California                        259   2. Texas                             188
  3. Indiana                           155   4. NC State                          136
  5. Florida                            89   6. Louisville                         74
  7. Harvard                            70   8. Alabama                            60
  8. Missouri                           60  10. Virginia                           59
 11. Arizona                            55  12. Texas A&M                          54
 13. Stanford                           47  14. Michigan                           46
 15. Ohio St                            40  16. Florida St                         37
 17. Southern Cali                      32  18. Tennessee                          30
 19. Minnesota                          29  20. Georgia                            21
 21. Arizona St                         18  21. Penn                               18
 23. Penn St                            17  23. Purdue                             17
 23. Duke                               17  26. Georgia Tech                       15
 27. University of Miami                13  27. South Carolina                     13
 29. Lsu                                 9  30. Virginia Tech                       6
 30. Princeton                           6  32. Kentucky                            5
 33. Navy                                4  34. Notre Dame                          3
 35. Denver                              1