Ian Finnerty Breaks 50 For Second Time, Wins 100 Breast NCAA Title For Hoosiers

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Indiana senior Ian Finnerty successfully defended the 100 breast on Friday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a 49.85. He was off his all-time record of 49.69 from last season but he won back-to-back titles with that swim, remaining the only man to break 50 seconds in the event and the first to do it twice.

Finnerty got some pressure from fellow senior Carsten Vissering of USC as he was a 50.30 for second place. Vissering was the early leader with a 23.29 the first 50 but Finnerty came home in a 26.44, the only man under 27 seconds the second 50 to win the event.

Vissering moved up to fourth all-time while Max McHugh is now fifth.

Also of note in the A-Final, there were three freshmen with Minnesota’s Max McHugh (50.52), Cal’s Reece Whitley (51.11) and Indiana’s Zane Backes (51.35) all placing third, fourth and fifth. As if the American breaststroke scene couldn’t get any more crowded, it just got a little more tight with the three freshmen on the rise.

Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis (51.38), Louisville’s Evgenii Somov (51.77) and Missouri’s Jordan O’Brien (52.11) also placed in the A-Final.

Indiana now has three NCAA titles in the 100 breast as Finnerty joins himself (2018) and Don McKenzie (1969) as winners of the event for the Hoosiers.

All-Time List:

  1. Ian Finnerty, Indiana, 49.69 (2018)
  2. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 50.03 (2018)
  3. Kevin Cordes, Arizona, 50.04 (2014)
  4. Carsten Vissering, USC, 50.30 (2019)
  5. Max McHugh, Minnesota, 50.52 (2019)
  6. Will Licon, Texas, 50.68 (2017)
  7. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri, 50.77 (2017)
  8. Nic Fink, Georgia, 50.80 (2017)
 Event 11  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
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         NCAA: N 49.69  23-Mar-18 Ian Finnerty, Indiana
         Meet: M 49.69  23-Mar-18 Ian Finnerty, Indiana
     American: A 49.69  23-Mar-18 Ian Finnerty, Indiana
   U. S. Open: O 49.69  23-Mar-18 Ian Finnerty, Indiana
         Pool: P 50.04  27-Mar-14 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Finnerty, Ian          SR Indiana             50.61      49.85P  20  
    r:+0.63  23.41        49.85 (26.44)
  2 Vissering, Carsten     SR Southern Cali       50.68      50.30   17  
    r:+0.66  23.29        50.30 (27.01)
  3 McHugh, Max            FR Minnesota           50.30      50.52   16  
    r:+0.67  23.51        50.52 (27.01)
  4 Whitley, Reece         FR California          51.50      51.11   15  
    r:+0.74  24.06        51.11 (27.05)
  5 Backes, Zane           FR Indiana             51.51      51.35   14  
    r:+0.65  24.06        51.35 (27.29)
  6 Pumputis, Caio         SO Georgia Tech        51.66      51.38   13  
    r:+0.68  24.15        51.38 (27.23)
  7 Somov, Evgenii         SO Louisville          51.93      51.77   12  
    r:+0.71  24.27        51.77 (27.50)
  8 O'Brien, Jordan        SR Missouri            51.93      52.11   11  
    r:+0.79  24.48        52.11 (27.63)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 11                  
 
  1. California                        326   2. Texas                             242
  3. Indiana                         232.5   4. NC State                          160
  5. Florida                           113   6. Louisville                        108
  7. Missouri                           82   8. Arizona                            70
  8. Harvard                            70  10. Alabama                            65
 11. Virginia                           63  12. Michigan                           62
 13. Ohio St                            56  13. Stanford                           56
 15. Texas A&M                          55  16. Southern Cali                      53
 17. Minnesota                          45  18. Florida St                         42
 19. Georgia                            35  20. Tennessee                          30
 21. Georgia Tech                       28  22. Arizona St                       24.5
 23. Purdue                             19  24. Penn                               18
 25. Duke                               17  25. Penn St                            17
 27. South Carolina                     14  28. University of Miami                13
 29. Lsu                                 9  30. Missouri St. (M)                    7
 31. Princeton                           6  31. Auburn                              6
 31. Virginia Tech                       6  34. Kentucky                            5
 35. Navy                                4  36. Hawaii                              3
 36. Notre Dame                          3  38. Towson                              2
 39. Denver                              1

5 comments

  1. Heather Raley

    Tommy Nowakowski breastrokers and IU seem to go hand in hand.

  2. Craig Welday

    great swims everyone…

  3. Nancy Maxwell

    FANTASTIC!!! so fun to see!!

  4. Ja Bounce

    Stroke count when he swam the 49.69… 4, 7, 7, and 8. Pretty sure it was around the same.. Crazy fast!!

  5. Ahmed Daoud

    Abdelrahman Dawood Go go go