Nick Albiero Takes 200 Butterfly NCAA Title on Impressive Final Kickout

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 27: Nicolas Albiero of the University of Louisville Cardinals swims to victory in the 200 Yard Butterfly during the Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on March 27, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Louisville senior Nick Albiero used a stellar last turn to win the 200 butterfly on Saturday night at the NCAA swimming and diving championships in Greensboro with a 1:38.64, lowering his own best time by 0.01 to put himself fifth all-time in the event. Albiero was trailing Cal’s Trenton Julian for 175 yards before taking the lead on the final kick out.

Julian finished in second for the Golden Bears with a 1:38.85 as he was quoted on the ESPN broadcast saying he wanted to win the 200 butterfly NCAA title for his father Jeff Julian, who had a battle with cancer this year. Julian added from his best time that put him third all-time earlier this season.

This is Nick Albiero’s second NCAA title of the weekend after winning the 200 medley relay last night for the Cardinals’ first ever relay national title in school history.

It was a race that was heavily hyped coming into the meet with five of the nine fastest performers in history in one pool as Virginia Tech’s Antani Ivanov was third at 1:39.26, putting the Hokies 11th in the standings as they have never been higher than 18th.

Georgia had two A-finalists in Luca Urlando (1:39.75) and Camden Murphy (1:39.99) in fourth and fifth as the Bulldogs are in line for their highest finish since getting third in 1997.

Texas’ Sam Pomajevich was sixth at 1:40.36 as the Longhorns hold a 15 point lead over Cal with diving playing in their favor.

Indiana’s Brendan Burns (1:40.42) and Arizona’s Brooks Fail (1:41.82) also swam in the championship final.

Louisville now has five NCAA titles in men’s swimming in individual events as Nick Albiero joins Carlos Almeida (200 breast, 2012) and Joao de Lucca (100 free, 2014; 200 free, 2013 & 2014) as NCAA champs for the Cardinals in men’s swimming.

All-Time Rankings:

  1. 1:37.35, Jack Conger, Texas, 2017
  2. 1:37.97, Joseph Schooling, Texas, 2016
  3. 1:38.53, Trenton Julian, California, 2021
  4. 1:38.60, Andreas Vazaios, NC State, 2018
  5. 1:38.64, Nick Albiero, Louisville, 2020
  6. 1:38.69, Shaine Casas, Texas A&M, 2021
  7. 1:38.80, Tom Shields, California, 2020
  8. 1:38.83, Zheng Quah, California, 2017
  9. 1:39.19, Sam Pomajevich, Texas, 2020
  10. 1:39.22, Brendan Burns, Indiana, 2021
  11. 1:39.26, Antani Ivanov, Virginia Tech, 2021

 Event 19  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
         Meet: M 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
     American: A 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
   U. S. Open: O 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
         Pool: P 1:38.65  2/29/2020 Nicolas Albiero, Louisville
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Albiero, Nicolas       SR Louisville        1:39.61    1:38.64P  20  
    r:+0.64  22.39        47.40 (25.01)
        1:12.79 (25.39)     1:38.64 (25.85)
  2 Julian, Trenton        SR California        1:39.66    1:38.85   17  
    r:+0.64  21.84        46.64 (24.80)
        1:12.09 (25.45)     1:38.85 (26.76)
  3 Ivanov, Antani         JR VT                1:40.07    1:39.26   16  
    r:+0.68  21.88        46.94 (25.06)
        1:12.68 (25.74)     1:39.26 (26.58)
  4 Urlando, Luca          FR Georgia           1:40.41    1:39.75   15  
    r:+0.71  22.39        47.35 (24.96)
        1:13.38 (26.03)     1:39.75 (26.37)
  5 Murphy, Camden         SR Georgia           1:41.33    1:39.99   14  
    r:+0.66  22.57        47.57 (25.00)
        1:13.56 (25.99)     1:39.99 (26.43)
  6 Pomajevich, Sam        SR Texas             1:40.77    1:40.36   13  
    r:+0.64  22.00        47.46 (25.46)
        1:13.93 (26.47)     1:40.36 (26.43)
  7 Burns, Brendan         SO Indiana           1:40.83    1:40.42   12  
    r:+0.67  22.00        47.01 (25.01)
        1:13.14 (26.13)     1:40.42 (27.28)
  8 Fail, Brooks           SR Arizona           1:41.17    1:41.82   11  
    r:+0.73  22.87        48.61 (25.74)
        1:15.15 (26.54)     1:41.82 (26.67)
 
                        === Consolation Final ===                        
 
  9 Frankel, Tomer         FR Indiana           1:41.73    1:40.68    9  
    r:+0.62  22.35        47.62 (25.27)
        1:13.42 (25.80)     1:40.68 (27.26)
 10 Kovac, Danny           JR Missouri          1:41.89    1:41.14    7  
    r:+0.65  22.26        48.26 (26.00)
        1:14.21 (25.95)     1:41.14 (26.93)
 11 Sancov, Alexei         JR USC               1:42.09    1:41.90    6  
    r:+0.61  22.33        48.32 (25.99)
        1:14.83 (26.51)     1:41.90 (27.07)
 12 Dixon, David           SR West Virginia     1:42.07    1:41.91    5  
    r:+0.73  22.50        48.23 (25.73)
        1:14.56 (26.33)     1:41.91 (27.35)
 13 Wilby, Mason           JR Kentucky          1:42.26    1:42.63    4  
    r:+0.68  22.91        48.78 (25.87)
        1:15.38 (26.60)     1:42.63 (27.25)
 14 Rose, Dare             FR California        1:42.51    1:42.83    3  
    r:+0.64  23.13        49.37 (26.24)
        1:15.84 (26.47)     1:42.83 (26.99)
 15 Eichberg, Dylan        JR VT                1:42.33    1:42.99    2  
    r:+0.60  22.50        48.39 (25.89)
        1:15.26 (26.87)     1:42.99 (27.73)
 16 Jiang, Alvin           SR Texas             1:42.46    1:43.76    1  
    r:+0.68  22.52        48.65 (26.13)
        1:15.80 (27.15)     1:43.76 (27.96)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 19                  
 
  1. Texas                             543   2. California                        528
  3. Florida                           331   4. Georgia                           268
  5. Indiana                           189   6. Louisville                        179
  7. Texas A&M                         149   8. NC State                          136
  9. Ohio St                           131  10. Virginia                          130
 11. Virginia Tech                     109  12. Michigan                          106
 13. Arizona                            92  14. Missouri                           80
 15. Stanford                           78  16. Alabama                            67
 17. Lsu                                64  18. Purdue                             42
 19. Minnesota                          40  19. Georgia Tech                       40
 21. Tennessee                          39  22. University of Miami                38
 23. UNC                                31  24. Notre Dame                         29
 25. Pittsburgh                         28  26. Florida St                       24.5
 27. Southern California                21  28. Wisconsin                          15
 29. Kentucky                           13  29. Penn St                            13
 31. Utah                              6.5  32. West Virginia                       5