Texas Closes Men’s NCAAs With 2:45 400 Free Relay, Townley Haas Splits 40.76

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The Texas Longhorns closed the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a 2:45.12 in the 400 free relay as Texas won its second relay of the weekend in their home pool. The relay win is also the third gold of the night for the Longhorns. The team of Daniel Krueger (41.73), John Shebat (41.65), Tate Jackson (40.98) and Townley Haas (40.76) swam a 2:45.12 to win the four-team battle over NC State (2:46.25), Cal (2:46.41) and Indiana (2:47.22).

Texas was in a dogfight with the aforementioned four teams as NC State came in second with Jacob Molacek (41.91), Coleman Stewart (41.94), Nyls Korstanje (41.44) and Justin Ress (40.96). This is the third relay NC State finished in second in after grabbing the runner-up spots in the 800 free and 200 free relays.

Cal was third as the Golden Bears clinched their first NCAA team title since 2014. The team of Michael Jensen (42.15), Pawel Sendyk (41.92), Ryan Hoffer (41.24) and Andrew Seliskar (41.10) swam for the Golden Bears. Cal won the team title after only winning one relay (200 free) all week.

Florida State (2:48.51), Louisville (2:50.21), Ohio State (2:50.28) and Arizona State (2:50.47) also swam in the A-Final.

The fastest splits outside the top three came from Indiana’s Zach Apple (41.47), Jack Franzman (41.51), Louisville’s Zach Harting (41.80) and Florida State’s Emir Muratovic (41.88).

Texas now has ten 400 free relay NCAA titles. The 2019 team joins the likes of the teams from 1981, 1988-91, 1994, 2001, 2012 and 2017 as winners of the event for the Longhorns.

Event 21  Men 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         NCAA: N 2:44.31  24-Mar-18 NC State
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
         Meet: M 2:44.31  24-Mar-18 NC State
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
     American: A 2:44.31  24-Mar-18 NC State
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
   U. S. Open: O 2:44.31  24-Mar-18 NC State
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
         Pool: P 2:48.33  27-Mar-14 Auburn
                          Chierighini, Disney-May, Mendes, Darmody
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
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                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Texas                               2:49.07    2:45.12P  40  
     1) Krueger, Daniel FR            2) r:0.02 Shebat, John SR       
     3) r:0.19 Jackson, Tate SR       4) r:0.15 Haas, Townley SR      
    r:+0.73  19.88        41.73 (41.73)
        1:01.08 (19.35)     1:23.38 (41.65)
        1:42.53 (19.15)     2:04.36 (40.98)
        2:23.46 (19.10)     2:45.12 (40.76)
  2 NC State                            2:49.11    2:46.25P  34  
     1) Molacek, Jacob SR             2) r:0.30 Stewart, Coleman JR   
     3) r:0.16 Korstanje, Nyls FR     4) r:0.20 Ress, Justin SR       
    r:+0.64  20.01        41.91 (41.91)
        1:01.72 (19.81)     1:23.85 (41.94)
        1:43.17 (19.32)     2:05.29 (41.44)
        2:24.34 (19.05)     2:46.25 (40.96)
  3 California                          2:48.38    2:46.41P  32  
     1) Jensen, Michael JR            2) r:0.09 Sendyk, Pawel JR      
     3) r:0.13 Hoffer, Ryan SO        4) r:0.25 Seliskar, Andrew SR   
    r:+0.66  20.29        42.15 (42.15)
        1:01.53 (19.38)     1:24.07 (41.92)
        1:43.38 (19.31)     2:05.31 (41.24)
        2:24.78 (19.47)     2:46.41 (41.10)
  4 Indiana                             2:48.67    2:47.22P  30  
     1) Apple, Zach SR                2) r:0.42 Samy, Mohamed JR      
     3) r:0.26 Franzman, Jack FR      4) r:0.30 Blaskovic, Bruno SO   
    r:+0.61  19.77        41.47 (41.47)
        1:01.39 (19.92)     1:23.50 (42.03)
        1:43.23 (19.73)     2:05.71 (42.21)
        2:24.92 (19.21)     2:47.22 (41.51)
  5 Florida St                          2:49.22    2:48.51   28  
     1) Pisani, Will SR               2) r:0.14 Ksiazek, Jakub FR     
     3) r:0.31 Muratovic, Emir SR     4) r:0.31 Kaleoaloha, Kanoa SR  
    r:+0.67  20.03        42.34 (42.34)
        1:02.16 (19.82)     1:24.35 (42.01)
        1:43.84 (19.49)     2:06.23 (41.88)
        2:26.12 (19.89)     2:48.51 (42.28)
  6 Louisville                          2:49.64    2:50.21   26  
     1) Albiero, Nicolas SO           2) r:0.18 Barna, Andrej JR      
     3) r:0.11 Paulson, Colton FR     4) r:0.07 Harting, Zach SR      
    r:+0.64  20.72        42.89 (42.89)
        1:02.62 (19.73)     1:25.16 (42.27)
        1:45.19 (20.03)     2:08.41 (43.25)
        2:28.18 (19.77)     2:50.21 (41.80)
  7 Ohio St                             2:49.39    2:50.28   24  
     1) Loy, Andrew JR                2) r:0.23 DeLakis, Paul SO      
     3) r:0.39 Abeysinghe, Matthew JR 4) r:0.24 Gaziev, Ruslan FR     
    r:+0.67  20.35        42.18 (42.18)
        1:02.54 (20.36)     1:24.88 (42.70)
        1:45.27 (20.39)     2:07.88 (43.00)
        2:28.25 (20.37)     2:50.28 (42.40)
  8 Arizona St                          2:49.67    2:50.47   22  
     1) Swift, Carter SO              2) r:0.15 Carlson, Evan SO      
     3) r:0.28 Poti, Zachary JR       4) r:0.32 House, Grant SO       
    r:+0.57  20.17        42.62 (42.62)
        1:02.48 (19.86)     1:24.96 (42.34)
        1:45.25 (20.29)     2:08.17 (43.21)
        2:28.38 (20.21)     2:50.47 (42.30)
 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 21                      
 
  1. California                        560   2. Texas                             475
  3. Indiana                         385.5   4. NC State                          307
  5. Louisville                        212   6. Florida                           164
  7. Alabama                           142   8. Harvard                           132
  9. Ohio St                           124  10. Virginia                          106
 11. Tennessee                         105  11. Missouri                          105
 13. Michigan                           99  14. Florida St                         97
 15. Stanford                           96  16. Arizona                            95
 17. Texas A&M                          93  18. Georgia                            86
 19. Minnesota                          84  20. Southern Cali                      81
 21. Arizona St                       75.5  22. University of Miami                62
 23. Purdue                             51  24. Georgia Tech                       45
 25. Kentucky                           26  26. Lsu                                25
 27. South Carolina                     21  28. Penn                               18
 29. Duke                               17  29. Hawaii                             17
 29. Penn St                            17  32. Grand Canyon                       16
 33. Towson                             14  33. Columbia University                14
 35. Virginia Tech                      11  36. Wisconsin                           7
 36. Denver                              7  36. Notre Dame                          7
 36. Missouri St                         7  40. Princeton                           6
 40. Auburn                              6  42. Navy                                4
 42. Iupui                               4  44. University of North Carolina        2