By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Saturday, March 30, 2019
University of California senior Andrew Seliskar picked up his second victory of the meet, while Indiana claimed three titles during the third night of competition at the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. California extended its lead in the team standings and now leads Texas 372-329 heading into the final day of racing.
Stanford senior and USA National Team member Abrahm Devine kicked off the night with a win in the men’s 400 IM as he held off a hard-charging Sean Grieshop of Cal, 3:36.41 to 3:37.03. Grieshop’s teammate, senior Mike Thomas, touched third in 3:37.52.
Vini Lanza picked up the Hoosiers’ first victory of the night as he emerged from a tightly-bunched group to win the 100 fly in 44.37. North Carolina State’s Coleman Stewart finished just behind in 44.46, while eighth seed Miles Smachlo of Michigan dropped almost half a second off his prelim time to take third in 44.84.
After winning the 200 IM in meet record time last night, Cal senior and national teamer Andrew Seliskar raced to a second win with a 1:30.14 in the 200 free, more than a second ahead of Indiana senior and fellow national teamer Zach Apple (1:31.55). Drew Kibler, one of several freshmen from Texas in the event, grabbed third in his first NCAA meet in 1:31.76.
Indiana collected its second win of the night when senior Ian Finnerty took down the pool record en route to a win in the 100 breast. Finnerty’s 49.85 was the only sub-50 swim of the meet. Southern California’s Carsten VIssering moved up a spot from his prelim swim to place second in 50.30. Minnesota freshman Max McHugh, the top qualifier from prelims, touched third in finals with a 50.52.
After setting an American record in the 200 free leading off the 800 free relay on night one, Harvard’s Dean Farris continued to impress with a 43.66 in the 100 back, just shy of Ryan Murphy’s American record of 43.49. North Carolina State’s Coleman Stewart became the third swimmer ever to break 44, as he claimed second in 43.98 for his second runner-up finish of the night. Grand Canyon’s Mark Nikolaev rounded out the top three in 44.33.
Indiana’s Andrew Capobianco ran away with the 3-meter diving title, scoring 461.65 points to easily outdistance Miami’s Briadam Herrera (432.75) and Texas’ Grayson Campbell (415.75) and give the Hoosiers a trio of wins on the night.
Alabama wrapped up the evening with a pool record in the 200 medley relay as Zane Waddell, Laurent Bams, Knox Auerbach and Robert Howard stopped the clock in 1:22.26. California’s quartet of Daniel Carr, Reece Whitley, Pawel Sendyk and Ryan Hoffer touched just behind in 1:22.43 with an 18.17 anchor from Hoffer. North Carolina State rounded out the top three with Coleman Stewart, Daniel Graber, Nyls Kostanje and Justin Ress stopping the clock in 1:22.47.
Saturday 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.