By Kyle Sagendorph//USA Swimming Communications Intern | Friday, March 29, 2019
The second night of the Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships was a big night for members of the U.S. National Team, taking titles in both individual and relay events. Heading into Friday’s third day of action at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas the University of California Bears own sole leadership of the team scoreboard.
The night started with the 200 free relay, where Cal edged out North Carolina State by just over three tenths of a second to take the title in 1:14.46. The final two legs of the relay were completed by national teamers Michael Jensen and Andrew Seliskar, who finished with splits of 18.79 and 18.40, respectively. Seliskar took to the pool in a swift .04 exchange to help anchor the Bears to a first place finish over North Carolina State (1:14.78) and Texas (1:15.11).
Following the 200 free relay Texas senior Townley Haas entered the pool for the 500 freestyle to try and claim his second title of the event, following Wednesday’s 800 free relay. Haas went on to claim his ninth career title and second consecutive title in the 500 free, touching in 4:08.19, over two seconds ahead of the competition and good for a new NCAA record. This marks the third NCAA title in the 500 free for the Longhorn swimmer, who also won the event in 2016 and 2018. Fellow national team member Sean Grieshop (Cal) took second in the event, finishing in 4:10.29.
Following the 500 free was the 200 IM, where Seliskar returned to the pool and finished first in 1:38.14. The time was a mere one one hundredth of a second short of Caeleb Dressel’s American record time. Though short of the American record, Seliskar’s mark set a new meet record and bested Cal’s team record.
The night concluded with the 400 medley relay, which saw the Indiana Hoosiers come out on top in 2:59.70. The Hoosier relay team of Gabriel Fantoni, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza and Zach Apple was the only team to finish in under three minutes and was just under a half second shy of the NCAA record. Apple, a Pan Pacs and World Championship gold medalist, anchored the team in a blazing 40.64, marking the best freestyle split in the field. Cal and Texas rounded out the top 3 with times of 3:01.56 and 3:01.58, respectively.
Through the second night of the championships, Cal is sitting comfortably on top of the point standings with 212 points, followed by Texas’ 188 and Indiana’s 155. Friday prelims begin at 11 a.m. ET and will be streamed live at texassports.com, while finals action begins at 7 p.m. ET and will be available on ESPN3 with live results also available.