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    2017 Menís NCAA Championships (Swimming & Diving)


    Well will take a bit of a back seat for this one posting-wise as you lads are so much more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to the men's teams... Do look very much forward to catching up on updates & your reactions as the results come down tho!

    Guess the Texas juggernaut hasn't really shown their hand yet since they didn't have to rest at Big 12s in the absence of any meaningful competition there. The Wolfpack, Gators and a handful of other top programmes will no doubt give those Horns and our Bears a good run for our money...but at least we won't have to face the spectre of a dominating furd machine on the men's side of things lol (LSJU should still give a good account of themselves in the distance events I reckon).



    Ryan Murphy heads to NCAA Championships looking to complete a career backstroke sweep (Catharyn Hayne Photography)




    Morning Splash: Numbers Say NC State Men Poised for NCAA Title Run


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    Swimswam's team prediction

    Of course Texas is the team to beat with the Bears second. Tonight starts championship with the 800 relay. Go Bears


    The bottom of the 25 is the hardest to predict because most of those teams are relying on one or two key swimmers, and a bad meet from one of them can change things dramatically. UNC is seeded to get almost all of its points from freestyler/IMer Henry Campbell, but does have two divers also in the mix. Arizona is a little more set up in the relays, which is more of a high-risk, high-reward type situation that offers double points but requires all four athletes to be on.
    The first team out here is Harvard, which is relying almost entirely on Dean Farris, who has had a breakout season but is still an unproven commodity.
    The ĎDiving Is A Thingí Tier
    Three teams seeded to score solid points in the pool, but should get a huge bump through diving. Minnesota has two divers in, including All-American Matt Barnard. Texas A&M has a duo including All-American Tyler Henshel. Purdue is only slated to score 12 swimming points from breaststroker Marat Amaltdinov, but returns former NCAA champion diver Steele Johnson, who could be worth 50-60 points by himself.

    The ĎTop 15 Challengersí Tier
    Penn State is relying almost entirely on Shane Ryan in the pool, but Zone champ diver Hector Garcia adds some more points. South Carolina does return mile title contender Akaram Mahmoud along with stud breaststroker Nils Wich-Glasen.
    Wisconsin is going to live and die by the free relay points, though Cannon Clifton and Matt Hutchins should score individually. Tennessee probably has the highest ceiling of any team in this tier, and returning NCAA champ diver Liam Stone should add huge points. Meanwhile Virginia Tech qualified 4 Ė count íem, four Ė divers who combined for a win and two silvers in Zone A. Plus the H2Okies have the continually underrated Brandon Fiala.

    The ĎTop 10 Challengersí Tier
    Fabian Schwingenschlogl should reap points in a somewhat weak breaststroke field for Missouri, but the Tigers fate will depend a lot on how well Andrew Sansoucie can back up his mid-season brilliance.
    Michigan just dropped its first Big Ten title in years. Are the Wolverines saving their best stuff for NCAAs? The freestyles are more than set with Felix Auboeck, PJ Ransford and Paul Powers. Ohio Stateís Matt McHugh is an undervalued versatile sprinter on the national stage, but the Buckeyes will need more scorers around him. Two divers (defending NCAA champ Zhipeng Zeng and Zone champ Christopher Law) should help immensely.
    Auburn swam great at SECs last year but struggled at NCAAs. The Tigers seemed less explosive in the conference rounds this year, which could foreshadow a bigger focus on NCAAs. But even still, theyíll have their work cut out for them to earn a repeat top 10 appearance.

    The ĎCardinal(s)í Tier
    No Gkolomeev, no problem for Alabama, with Connor Oslin and Luke Kaliszak crushing the backstrokes and the sprint corps stepping up as a group. Arizona State could see the biggest jump of any team from last yearís placing, but much depends on unproven freshman Cameron Craig.
    This feels low for Georgia, which took 5th last year and gained Chase Kalisz back from a redshirt. But the psych sheet scoring is not kind to Georgia, and itís hard to predict too many gained relay points for a team that will be cobbling together relays out of exhausted IMers and 200 flyers.
    Weíve all been waiting for the post-Olympic bump from Santo Condorelli, and heís the wild card for USC, coming in seeded to score zero individual points but with the talent to score 30 or more.
    The Cardinals have a deep roster of scorers, with 7 men seeded in position to score. That makes them a relatively safer bet than a team relying on one guy to score a truckload. Grigory Tarasevich will have to fight for big points in a historically brutal backstroke crowd.
    Meanwhile the Cardinal could be sowing the seeds of a great multi-year run here, but are also relying on freshmen Grant Shoults and True Sweetser for their biggest hauls. Like Louisville, though Stanford has its seeded points spread between a huge crowd Ė 11 swimmers, to be specific Ė which is a testament to great depth.

    The ĎSilver Contendersí Tier
    Caeleb Dressel is bar none the greatest all-around relay asset in the NCAA right now, and his presence on the end of medley relays means Florida wonít be out of the hunt until the winning relay officially hits the pad. Dressel has been lights out this year, and if he singlehandedly wins Florida a relay title or two with a mind-boggling anchor leg, Florida could top any team in this tier.
    Indiana gets stud divers James Connor and Michael Hixon back from redshirts. But itís not just a diving effort for IU. The Hoosiers are seeded to score almost 300 swimming points, only 48 out of first place. Blake Pieroni is a weapon across every relay distance, and Vinicius Lanza is looking scary in his first full NCAA season.
    NC State is seeded to win the entire meet, though they probably canít match Texasís diving strength. Ryan Held would probably be the NCAAís most valuable swimmer (in terms of individual and relay contributions to a team) in a universe where Dressel didnít exist. And new addition Andrea Vazaios is tearing it up this postseason.
    Cal has Ryan Murphy, who gives both medleys a massive advantage in clean water and should be a 50-60 point individual scorer. Andrew Seliskar has come into his own, but itís the unknown commodity of the new additions in Singaporean sensation Zheng Wen Quah and Division II powerhouse transfer Matt Josa who offer Cal their best chance to challenge Texas.

    The ĎTexas Longhornsí Tier
    There hasnít been anyone close to Texas in several seasons now, and theyíre still clearly the team to beat. Joseph Schooling is clearly regaining his form after a slow start to the regular season. Will Licon seems primed to make a run at Swimmer of the Year if he can pop a big swim in the 100 breaststroke to go with his title defenses in the 200 IM and 200 breast. Thereís some uncertainty in specifics (can Townley Haas have the same kind of taper explosion he did a year ago? Which Clark Smith will show up in Indianapolis? Will Schooling, Jack Conger and Brett Ringgold bump each other out of the 50 free final?), but the Texas roster is too strong to bet against.

    Full team predictions with psych sheet scores:
    1 Texas 329
    2 California 311
    3 NC State 339
    4 Indiana 291
    5 Florida 302
    6 Stanford 167
    7 Louisville 177
    8 Southern Cali 149
    9 University of Georgia 121
    10 Arizona State 151
    11 Alabama 167
    12 Auburn 100
    13 Ohio St 148
    14 Michigan 146
    15 Missouri 112
    16 Virginia Tech 62
    17 Tennessee 28
    18 Wisconsin 68
    19 South Carolina 57
    20 Penn St 44
    21 Purdue 12
    22 Texas A&M 32
    23 Minnesota 28
    24 Arizona 48
    25 UNC 31

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    800 Relay results

    They haven't updated the live results but the top 3 were

    1NC State- 6:06.53
    2Texas- 6:08.61
    3Florida- 6:09.30
    4 Cal
    5 SoCal
    6 Georgia
    7 Furds
    8 Louisville

    1. NC State 40 2. Texas 34
    3. Florida 32 4. California 30
    5. Southern Cali 28 6. Univ of Georgia 26
    7. Stanford 24 8. Louisville 22
    9. Indiana 18 10. Wisconsin 14
    11. Michigan 12 12. Auburn 10
    13. South Carolina 8 14. Harvard 6
    15. Arizona State 4 16. Missouri 2

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    Our Bears were edged out by the Gators, 's time was 6:09.56

    Long: 1:33.31 (leadoff)
    Seliskar: 1:31.58
    Jensen: 1:32.59
    Murph: 1:32.08

    The Wolfpack smashed the the Horns' old NCAA & US Open records (6:08.03) with their 6:06.53, and Texas improved on their 2009 6:10.16 American record.

    Top 20 splits (mixing & matching standing & flying starts here):

    1. Townley Haas Ė 1:30.42
    2. Soeren Dahl Ė 1:30.67
    3. Blake Pieroni Ė 1:30.87
    4. Dylan Carter Ė 1:30.95
    5. Dean Farris Ė 1:31.31
    6. Ryan Held Ė 1:31.37
    7. Mark Szaranek Ė 1:31.46
    8. Jack Conger Ė 1:31.54
    9. Andrew Seliskar Ė 1:31.58
    10. Tom Kremer Ė 1:31.75
    T11. Gunnar Gentz Ė 1:32.02
    T11. Felix Auboeck Ė 1:32.02
    13. Brett Pinfold Ė 1:32.04
    14. Ryan Murphy Ė 1:32.08
    15. Andreas Vazaios Ė 1:32.23
    16. Justin Ress Ė 1:32.26
    17. Zachary Apple Ė 1:32.39
    18. Maxime Rooney Ė 1:32.44
    19. Michael Jensen Ė 1:32.59
    20. Zach Harting Ė 1:32.62

    Similar to the women's 2017 edition, NCAAs have gotten so fast this year. As reported by a SwimSwam commenter, "Keep in mind that until 2016 the fastest ever was 1:31.3 and a 1:32.03 won in 2015."

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    Day 1 Timed Finals - Official Recap



    Long Gutierrez and the Bears got the 2017 NCAA Championships started Wednesday in Indianapolis (Tim Binning/


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    As far as my gloom and doom perspective goes:
    Looks like no Nick Norman in the 500, that may mean he's out of the meet. Seliskar was very good, bodes well for the IMs even if it got a bit lost in the shuffle of crazy splits. Murphy was solid, but the last 50 was worrying, looking at it now definitely should not have been used on the relay. Could've gone with Josa, maybe even Quah since he's been 149.1 meters and could probably be faster. Hindsight is 20/20, though, and if Murphy had held off UF's Szaranek it would've felt a lot better. Jensen was also decent but no huge drop from high school, more just a good progression. Looks like a B finalist this year hopefully, he may be more primed for the sprints anyway. Long was worrying at half a second off his school record, but may have just taken it out too hard.

    Actually looking at it now every one of our guys died hard on the last 50. Either the taper's a bit off, they were a little too hyped, or the 100s are going to be real fast.

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    Murphy on the 800 was baffling. Which remaining relay will he skip? Not going to win the title this year or next, but NC State has soared rapidly in recent years.

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    I think they all overswam the beginning of their 200s. Easy to do when you are excited and finally tapered and shaved. No reason for alarm, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Husmo View Post
    I think they all overswam the beginning of their 200s. Easy to do when you are excited and finally tapered and shaved. No reason for alarm, IMO.
    I agree. The team probably wasn't going to win this relay anyway, but by swimming a 200 at night, they have some idea of their top speed and can adjust in morning prelims for their respective races on Thursday. The key is to swim the prelims for distance races about 1-2% slower than the finals time, so that requisite energy is saved up for the night session.

    We've already discussed on the Pac-12 thread which relay Murphy would skip; I still bet it'll be the 200 free relay (before the 200 IM finals), and not the 400 free relay. Gutierrez will probably have to swim the 200 free relay, so maybe he's been focusing on speed over distance this year.

    Even though the team "only" placed 4th, remember that they still set a school record and were nearly 2 seconds faster than last year's time (which I think was the old school record). Can't complain too much about huge improvements, and 1:31 and 1:32 are still really great split times for all.

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    Day 2 prelims


    1Texas- 1:15.35
    2Florida- 1:15.52
    3NC State- 1:15.56
    4Cal- 1:16.11
    5Auburn- 1:16.45
    6Indiana- 1:16.53
    7Missouri- 1:16.78
    8Alabama- 1:16.91

    USC came in 5th but was DQ'ed.

    4 California 1:16.46 1:16.11
    1) Sendyk, Pawel FR 2) r:0.31 Jensen, Michael FR
    3) r:0.20 Lynch, Justin JR 4) r:0.09 Josa, Matthew JR
    r:+0.66 9.07 19.00 (19.00)
    28.02 (9.02) 38.05 (19.05)
    47.00 (8.95) 57.13 (19.08)
    1:05.97 (8.84) 1:16.11 (18.98)

    MEN’S 500 FREE

    1Fynn Minuth (South Carolina)- 4:09.55
    2Akaram Mahmoud (South Carolina)- 4:09.73
    3Felix Auboeck (Michigan)- 4:09.93
    4Clark Smith (Texas)- 4:10.53
    5Townley Haas (Texas)- 4:11.33
    6Marwan El Kamash (Indiana)- 4:11.84
    7Grant Shoults (Stanford)- 4:12.14
    8Anton Ipsen (NC State)- 4:12.18

    32 Kao, Ryan JR California 4:19.17
    50 Takahashi, Ken SO California 4:25.85

    MEN’S 200 IM

    1Will Licon (Texas)- 1:40.50
    2Andreas Vazaios (NC State)- 1:40.77
    3Mark Szaranek (Florida)- 1:41.11
    4Gunnar Bentz (Georgia)- 1:41.12
    5Chase Kalisz (Georgia)- 1:41.20
    6Andrew Seliskar (Cal)- 1:41.49
    7Ryan Murphy (Cal)- 1:41.79
    8Jonathan Roberts (Texas)- 1:42.25

    DQ'd Matthew Josa who would have had been an A qualifer with a 1:41.50 which moved a Texan into A
    Matt "was disqualified for multiple dolphin kicks on the breaststroke leg".

    19 Thomas, Mike SO California 1:44.17
    38 Xie, Jack FR California 1:46.07
    NQ but DQ'd Josa, Matthew JR California 1:43.73

    MEN’S 50 FREE

    1Caeleb Dressel (Florida)- 18.38
    2Joseph Schooling (Texas)- 18.77
    3(T-3)Ryan Held (NC State)- 18.93
    4(T-3) Zach Apple (Auburn)- 18.93
    5Pawel Sendyk (Cal)- 18.96
    6Michael Chadwick (Missouri)- 18.99
    7Dylan Carter (USC)- 19.04
    8Paul Powers (Michigan)- 19.06

    B Qualifiers
    12 Jensen, Michael FR California 19.14
    14 Lynch, Justin JR California 19.22

    37 Gutierrez, Long SR California 19.71


    1Missouri- 3:02.53
    2Texas- 3:03.45
    3Indiana- 3:03.84
    4Louisville- 3:04.05
    5Florida- 3:04.20
    6USC- 3:04.55
    7Stanford- 3:04.90
    8Cal- 3:04.95

    Close call, Cal barely beats out Auburn's 3:05.03 for the A spot. Could had been a disaster.
    1) Quah, Zheng FR 2) r:0.19 Hoppe, Connor JR
    3) r:0.06 Lynch, Justin JR 4) r:0.24 Jensen, Michael FR
    r:+0.53 21.99 46.25 (46.25)
    1:10.14 (23.89) 1:37.76 (51.51)
    1:58.32 (20.56) 2:23.05 (45.29)
    2:42.67 (19.62) 3:04.95 (41.90)

    Overall Texas showing their Depth 7up/5downs Bears 5/3 excluding the diving.
    Last edited by OBear073akaSMFan; 03-23-2017 at 09:45 AM.

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    Day 2 Prelims

    Belatedly catching up on results from this morning's heats...cheers for the update, OBear!

    A mite dodgy TBH after a quick glance - a few of our swimmers seems a bit off even if it's prelims not finals, including even Murph. No Norman in the 500...both Kao & Takahashi added 3 to 5 sec to their seeded times, even if they weren't in serious scoring contention. Seliskar, Sendyk & Josa appear to be swimming fast OTOH.

    Ouch, Josa's 200 IM DQ a double whammy as we lose an up scorer, plus let an extra Longhorn into the A final in the process. Would have been a PB for Matt otherwise ~sigh~

    Also dodges a major bullet in the 400 Medley Relay as only squeaked into the A final thanks to a Bama DQ! Quah's lethargic 46.25 leadoff on back (or perhaps Dave's strategy) almost cost us dearly. Bear Bros will perform much better in this relay tonight with most of this morning's lineup swapped out as expected, with an estimated 3-4 sec upgrade which should contend for Top 3. NCS Wolfpack fared less fortunately in this event with their lineup adding time, down @ 12th.

    Whorns are poised to take command tonight with their horde of finals qualifiers, esp with the diving factored in


    DQ drama highlights NCAA Day 2 morning; 3 Cal Bears + both relay in A-Final

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 03-23-2017 at 08:56 AM. Reason: cgb report

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    Thanks, OBear! I was nervous that Cal was initially 9th in the 400 medley relay prelims, but reports were that an Alabama coach was at the judges' table right before their DQ was announced. The prelims have been ridiculously fast this morning. The Bears are faster than they were last year in prelims, and other teams are showing all their cards in the morning.

    I think Josa's DQ (poor guy) solidifies that he'll swim in both relays tonight. It was a crazy fast reaction time in the 200 free relay, but an 18 high split is better than the 19 low split that Gutierrez would probably give the team.

    People on SwimSwam are bashing Murphy's IM swim this morning; note that his fly and breast splits were nearly equal to those splits from his 1:40 low race last year, and the back and free were both slower (which he's probably been emphasizing this year in training).

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    Day 2 finals

    200 free relay

    1 Texas 1:15.35 1:14.59P 40
    2 Florida 1:15.52 1:14.88P 34
    3 California 1:16.11 1:15.29P 32
    1) Sendyk, Pawel FR 2) r:0.10 Jensen, Michael FR
    3) r:0.17 Lynch, Justin JR 4) r:0.06 Josa, Matthew JR
    r:+0.65 9.04 18.92 (18.92)
    27.67 (8.75) 37.67 (18.75)
    46.52 (8.85) 56.37 (18.70)
    1:05.16 (8.79) 1:15.29 (18.92)
    4 NC State 1:15.56 1:15.82 30
    5 Alabama 1:16.91 1:16.52 28
    6 Auburn 1:16.45 1:16.62 26
    7 Missouri 1:16.78 1:16.78 23
    7 Indiana 1:16.53 1:16.78 23

    500 Yard Freestyle

    Texas goes 1 & 2

    1 Smith, Clark SR Texas 4:10.53 4:08.42A 20
    2 Haas, Townley SO Texas 4:11.33 4:08.92 17
    3 Auboeck, Felix FR Michigan 4:09.93 4:08.95 16
    4 Shoults, Grant FR Stanford 4:12.14 4:10.23 15
    5 Minuth, Fynn SO South Carolina 4:09.55 4:10.57 14
    6 Mahmoud, Akaram JR South Carolina 4:09.73 4:10.83 13
    7 El Kamash, Marwan SR Indiana 4:11.84 4:10.87 12
    8 en, Anton Oerskov JR NC State 4:12.18 4:11.73 11

    Men 200 Yard IM

    1 Licon, Will SR Texas 1:40.50 1:40.67 18.5
    1 Szaranek, Mark JR Florida 1:41.11 1:40.67 18.5
    3 Murphy, Ryan SR California 1:41.79 1:40.73 16
    r:+0.61 21.78 46.22 (24.44)
    1:15.93 (29.71) 1:40.73 (24.80)
    4 Bentz, Gunnar JR Georgia 1:41.12 1:40.90 15
    5 Kalisz, Chase SR Georgia 1:41.20 1:41.19 14
    6 Seliskar, Andrew SO California 1:41.49 1:41.26 13
    7 Vazaios, Andreas JR NC State 1:40.77 1:41.53 12
    8 Roberts, Jonathan JR Texas 1:42.24 1:42.56 11

    Men 50 Yard Freestyle

    1 Dressel, Caeleb JR Florida 18.38 18.23P 20
    r:+0.61 8.80 18.23 (9.43)
    2 Held, Ryan JR NC State 18.93 18.60 17
    r:+0.59 8.89 18.60 (9.71)
    3 Schooling, Joseph JR Texas 18.77 18.79 16
    r:+0.55 8.98 18.79 (9.81)
    4 Chadwick, Michael SR Missouri 18.99 18.97 14.5
    r:+0.66 9.24 18.97 (9.73)
    4 Apple, Zachary SO Auburn 18.93 18.97 14.5
    r:+0.63 9.18 18.97 (9.79)
    6 Sendyk, Pawel FR California 18.96 19.05 13
    r:+0.65 9.03 19.05 (10.02)
    7 Carter, Dylan JR Southern Cali 19.04 19.08 12
    r:+0.57 9.21 19.08 (9.87)
    8 Powers, Paul JR Michigan 19.06 19.17 11
    r:+0.61 9.14 19.17 (10.03)

    === Consolation Final ===

    9 Ringgold, Brett JR Texas 19.11 18.97 9
    r:+0.66 9.30 18.97 (9.67)
    10 Conger, Jack SR Texas 19.12 19.05 7
    r:+0.65 9.22 19.05 (9.83)
    11 Khalafalla, Ali JR Indiana 19.13 19.12 6
    r:+0.61 9.33 19.12 (9.79)
    12 Perry, Sam JR Stanford 19.15 19.13 5
    r:+0.60 9.19 19.13 (9.94)
    13 Waddell, Zane FR Alabama 19.28 19.24 4
    r:+0.71 9.34 19.24 (9.90)
    14 Lynch, Justin JR California 19.22 19.36 3
    r:+0.59 9.33 19.36 (10.03)
    15 Jensen, Michael FR California 19.14 19.45 2
    r:+0.70 9.41 19.45 (10.04)
    16 Jackson, Tate SO Texas 19.25 19.69 1
    r:+0.66 9.48 19.69 (10.21)

    Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
    ============================================================ ======================
    NCAA: N 2:59.22 3/23/2017 Texas
    J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
    Championship: C 2:59.22 3/23/2017 Texas
    J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
    American: A 3:01.51 3/23/2017 California, California-PC
    R Murphy, C Hoppe, M Josa, M Jensen

    Texas set a Meet record, while Cal set an American Record

    1 Texas 3:03.45 2:59.22N 40
    1) Shebat, John SO 2) r:0.31 Licon, Will SR
    3) r:0.31 Schooling, Joseph JR 4) r:0.23 Conger, Jack SR
    2 California 3:04.95 3:01.51A 34
    1) Murphy, Ryan SR 2) r:0.04 Hoppe, Connor JR
    3) r:0.10 Josa, Matthew JR 4) r:0.25 Jensen, Michael FR
    r:+0.54 21.11 44.32 (44.32)
    1:07.66 (23.34) 1:35.29 (50.97)
    1:55.45 (20.16) 2:19.88 (44.59)
    2:39.39 (19.51) 3:01.51 (41.63)
    3 Missouri 3:02.53 3:01.91 32
    4 Southern Cali 3:04.55 3:02.20 30
    5 Louisville 3:04.05 3:03.96 28
    6 Indiana 3:03.84 3:03.98 26
    7 Stanford 3:04.90 3:04.46 24
    8 Florida 3:04.20 3:04.90 22

    Team Score after day 2 which includes the diving for the day.

    Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 7

    1. Texas 225.5 2. California 143
    3. Florida 138.5 4. NC State 123
    5. Indiana 121 6. Stanford 105
    7. Southern Cali 75 8. Univ of Georgia 73
    9. Missouri 71.5 10. Auburn 69.5
    11. Louisville 57 12. South Carolina 40
    13. Michigan 39 14. Arizona State 34
    15. Purdue 33 16. Alabama 32
    17. Texas A&M 23 18. Wisconsin 21
    19. Tennessee 19 20. Ohio St 17
    21. University of Miami 14 22. Lsu 12
    22. Notre Dame 12 24. Arizona 10
    25. Florida State 7 26. UNC 6
    26. Harvard 6 28. Kentucky 4
    28. Virginia Tech 4 28. Northwestern 4
    31. Penn St 2 31. Hawaii 2
    33. Pittsburgh 1

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    Day 2 Finals - Official Recap



    Pawel Sendyk placed sixth in his first NCAA Championships final (Tim Binning/



    The first two days of NCAAís are complete and Texas has led the way so far, both in total points and points vs the psych sheet. Texas picked up 73.5 swimming points vs their seeds today. They picked up points in every single event. Their biggest improvement came in the 200 IM where the grabbed 22.5 points. The next best team performance came from Missouri who grabbed 31.5 points, then California who improved by 17.

    Ohio State had the worst day dropping 48 points. 26 of those points came from DQing their 200 free relay in prelims and the other 22 were from dropping from from 5th to 14th in the 400 medley relay. Indiana was next with 46 points lost followed by NC State with 22 points lost.


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    Ryan Murphy 800 vs 200 free relay.

    BEARDevil: Murphy on the 800 was baffling. Which remaining relay will he skip? Not going to win the title this year or next, but NC State has soared rapidly in recent years.

    There was a question where some thought Ryan should swim the 200 free instead of the 800 relay. I think it turned out well that having Murphy swim the 800 for 4th place probably saved us from dropping to as low as 8th place (imo). It was that close from 4th place to 8th. I think Murphy is at least 2 sec faster than Coan (who I assume would have swam the leg. IMO our 3rd place finish in the 200 free with or without Murphy would not have made a difference.
    Last edited by OBear073akaSMFan; 03-23-2017 at 06:42 PM.

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