Vini Lanza Wins Indiana’s First 100 Fly NCAA Title Since Mark Spitz (Vintage Photo)

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Indiana senior Vini Lanza, fresh off swimming the butterfly leg on Indiana’s 400 medley relay title, won the 100 fly on Friday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Lanza swam a 44.37 to hold off a strong last turn from NC State junior Coleman Stewart. Lanza won Indiana’s first 100 fly NCAA title since Mark Spitz won four straight (1969-72).

The race played out between Lanza and Stewart at the finish for first and second but Michigan’s Miles Smachlo ran down everyone in the field to sneak in for third place from lane eight. Smachlo was a 23.78 on the final 50 and finished at 44.84.

Florida’s Maxime Rooney placed fourth for the Gators at 44.99.

Lanza moved up to sixth all-time with his swim while Stewart moved up to seventh.

Georgia’s Camden Murphy (45.03), Cal’s Zheng Quah (45.06), Cal’s Ryan Hoffer (45.14) and Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs (45.39) also swam in the A-Final.

Indiana now has seven NCAA titles in the 100 fly, but their first in almost 50 years. Lanza joins Mike Troy (1960), Fred Schmidt (1965) and Spitz (1969-72) as winners of the event for the Hoosiers.

All-Time List:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 42.80 (2018)
  2. Joseph Schooling, Texas, 43.75 (2017)
  3. Tom Shields, Cal, 43.84 (2016)
  4. Austin Staab, Stanford, 44.18 (2009)
  5. Jack Conger, Texas, 44.35 (2017)
  6. Vini Lanza, Indiana, 44.37 (2019)
  7. Coleman Stewart, NC State, 44.46 (2019)
  8. Jan Switkwoski, Florida, 44.49 (2018)
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Makr Spitz Photo Courtesy: International Swimming Hall of Fame – IU 1967

 Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 42.80  23-Mar-18 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Meet: M 42.80  23-Mar-18 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 42.80  23-Mar-18 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 42.80  23-Mar-18 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 44.06  24-Feb-17 Joseph Schooling, Texas
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Lanza, Vini            SR Indiana             44.68      44.37   20  
    r:+0.67  20.63        44.37 (23.74)
  2 Stewart, Coleman       JR NC State            44.93      44.46   17  
    r:+0.64  20.75        44.46 (23.71)
  3 Smachlo, Miles         JR Michigan            45.31      44.84   16  
    r:+0.60  21.06        44.84 (23.78)
  4 Rooney, Maxime         JR Florida             45.29      44.99   15  
    r:+0.63  21.04        44.99 (23.95)
  5 Murphy, Camden         SO Georgia             45.31      45.03   14  
    r:+0.67  21.08        45.03 (23.95)
  6 Quah, Zheng            JR California          45.24      45.06   13  
    r:+0.59  20.77        45.06 (24.29)
  7 Hoffer, Ryan           SO California          45.04      45.14   12  
    r:+0.63  20.59        45.14 (24.55)
  8 Dobbs, Chatham         SR Arizona             45.20      45.39   11  
    r:+0.60  20.98        45.39 (24.41)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 9                  
 
  1. California                        291   2. Texas                             188
  3. Indiana                           175   4. NC State                          157
  5. Florida                           104   6. Louisville                         83
  7. Harvard                            70   8. Arizona                            66
  9. Virginia                           63  10. Michigan                           62
 11. Alabama                            60  11. Missouri                           60
 13. Texas A&M                          54  14. Stanford                           47
 15. Florida St                         42  16. Ohio St                            40
 17. Georgia                            35  18. Southern Cali                      32
 19. Tennessee                          30  20. Minnesota                          29
 21. Arizona St                         18  21. Penn                               18
 23. Duke                               17  23. Purdue                             17
 23. Penn St                            17  26. Georgia Tech                       15
 27. University of Miami                13  27. South Carolina                     13
 29. Lsu                                 9  30. Virginia Tech                       6
 30. Princeton                           6  30. Auburn                              6
 33. Kentucky                            5  34. Navy                                4
 35. Notre Dame                          3  36. Towson                              2
 37. Denver                              1

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Anonymous

    Not only did Vini perform one of the fastest swims, he is one of the nicest, most humble swimmers ever. He never takes anything for granted and always works hard. Appreciates everyone who has helped him along the way. Can’t wait watch him in the future.