Andrew Seliskar Wins Star-Studded 200 Free NCAA Final

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In one of the most highly anticipated races of the meet, Cal senior Andrew Seliskar rose to the occasion in the 200 free final on Friday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Seliskar swam a 1:30.14 to take down Texas senior Townley Haas, who has won the last three years. Haas didn’t look like himself out in lane seven as he was not out fast enough and ended up fading to fourth at 1:31.80.

After one of the fastest 800 free relays ever on Wednesday night, many people expected a 1:28 to win the star studded final. But much like the women’s 200 free final last week, it was the race that won the day over the time. Indiana’s Zach Apple (1:31.55) finished in the runner-up spot for the highest individual finish in his career.

Freshman Drew Kibler continued the lane eight third place streak as he snuck in there for a 1:31.76 ahead of senior teammate Haas.

Texas was able to get back into the meet a little bit after not having any scorers in the first two events. Texas had three in the A-Final with Kibler, Haas and Jeff Newkirk (1:32.46).

Ohio State’s Paul DeLakis (1:32.01), Louisville’s Zach Harting (1:32.24) and Missouri’s Mikel Schreuders (1:32.75) also swam in the A-Final.

Cal now has five NCAA titles in the 200 free. Seliskar joins the likes of Pelle Holmertz (1982) and Matt Biondi (1985-87) as winners of the event for the Golden Bears.

 Event 10  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 1:29.15  27-Mar-19 Dean Farris, Harvard
         Meet: M 1:29.15  27-Mar-19 Dean Farris, Harvard
     American: A 1:29.15  27-Mar-19 Dean Farris, Harvard
   U. S. Open: O 1:29.15  27-Mar-19 Dean Farris, Harvard
         Pool: P 1:29.15  27-Mar-19 Dean Farris, Harvard
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Seliskar, Andrew       SR California        1:31.64    1:30.14   20  
    r:+0.60  20.81        43.61 (22.80)
        1:06.46 (22.85)     1:30.14 (23.68)
  2 Apple, Zach            SR Indiana           1:32.17    1:31.55   17  
    r:+0.63  20.76        43.42 (22.66)
        1:06.84 (23.42)     1:31.55 (24.71)
  3 Kibler, Drew           FR Texas             1:32.42    1:31.76   16  
    r:+0.62  21.02        44.26 (23.24)
        1:08.09 (23.83)     1:31.76 (23.67)
  4 Haas, Townley          SR Texas             1:32.35    1:31.80   15  
    r:+0.72  20.90        43.69 (22.79)
        1:07.42 (23.73)     1:31.80 (24.38)
  5 DeLakis, Paul          SO Ohio St           1:32.32    1:32.01   14  
    r:+0.70  21.56        44.64 (23.08)
        1:08.21 (23.57)     1:32.01 (23.80)
  6 Harting, Zach          SR Louisville        1:32.41    1:32.24   13  
    r:+0.62  21.79        45.39 (23.60)
        1:08.68 (23.29)     1:32.24 (23.56)
  7 Newkirk, Jeff          SR Texas             1:32.19    1:32.46   12  
    r:+0.67  21.51        44.59 (23.08)
        1:08.21 (23.62)     1:32.46 (24.25)
  8 Schreuders, Mikel      SR Missouri          1:32.15    1:32.75   11  
    r:+0.69  21.40        44.54 (23.14)
        1:08.30 (23.76)     1:32.75 (24.45)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 10                  
 
  1. California                        311   2. Texas                             236
  3. Indiana                         198.5   4. NC State                          160
  5. Florida                           113   6. Louisville                         96
  7. Missouri                           71   8. Harvard                            70
  8. Arizona                            70  10. Virginia                           63
 11. Michigan                           62  12. Alabama                            60
 13. Ohio St                            56  14. Texas A&M                          55
 15. Stanford                           47  16. Florida St                         42
 17. Georgia                            35  18. Southern Cali                      32
 19. Tennessee                          30  20. Minnesota                          29
 21. Arizona St                       24.5  22. Penn                               18
 23. Purdue                             17  23. Penn St                            17
 23. Duke                               17  26. Georgia Tech                       15
 27. University of Miami                13  27. South Carolina                     13
 29. Lsu                                 9  30. Princeton                           6
 30. Auburn                              6  30. Virginia Tech                       6
 33. Kentucky                            5  34. Navy                                4
 35. Notre Dame                          3  36. Towson                              2
 37. Denver                              1

1 comment

  1. Jamie Kolar

    Major points for cal