Florida Gators Third After Day Three Of NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming And Diving Championship

By Sharon Robb
ATLANTA, March 25, 2022—University of Florida dropped to third place after Friday’s action at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

The Gators, buoyed by their relay performances, are third with 272 points. California moved into is first from third with 320.5 followed closely by early leader Texas with 313.

Florida was third behind California and Indiana in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:01.00 with Adam Cheney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese and Kieran Smith.

Cal senior Hugo Gonzalez won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:32.88, an NCAA record, meet record, U.S. Open and pool records. Arizona State freshman sensation Leon Marchand was second in 3:34.08 after winning the 200 IM in the fastest time ever.

Stanford freshman Andrei Minakov, fastest swimmer in the morning, won the 100-yard butterfly in a pool record 43.71.

Texas senior and top seed Drew Kibler came on in the second half of the 200-yard freestyle to win in a pool record 1:30.68. Defending champion Kieran Smith faltered to fifth in 1:31.27.

Minnesota senior Max McHugh won the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool record 49.90. He was the only swimmer to dip under 50 seconds.

After finishing second last year, N.C. State junior Kacper Stokowski rallied late in the race to stun the field and win the 100-yard backstroke in a best time 44.04. Indiana’s Brendan Burns, top seed after morning prelims, was second in 44.15.

Texas A&M senior Kurtis Mathews won the 3-meter springboard diving title with 466.85 points.

Individual event competition concludes on Saturday. The top 16 advance from morning prelims to finals at 6 p.m. and relays will be included at the end of each finals session.

ESPN3 is providing digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Links can be found on WatchESPN or at the Championship Central webpage.

The official website for the men’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. As the host institution, Georgia Tech’s website also has Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

All prelims, 10 a.m., all finals 6 p.m.

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1,650 free (4:05 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

TEAM TOTALS: 1. California 320.5, 2. Texas 313, 3. Florida 272, 4. N.C. State 214, 5. Indiana 183, 6. Arizona State 167, 7. Stanford 159, 8. Georgiua 150, 9. tie, Louisville, Ohio State 108.
400-yard individual medley: 1. Hugo Gonalez, CAL 3:32.88, 2. Leon Marchand, ASU 3:34.08, 3. Carson Foster, TEX 3:35.09, 4. Bobby Finke, UF 3:36.83.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Andrei Minakov, STAN 43.71, 2. Luca Urlando, UGA 43.80,3. Youssef Ramadan, VT-VA 43.90.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Drew Kiblar, TEX 1:30.28, 2. Grant House, ASU 1:30.68, 3. Matthew Sates, UGA 1:30.72, 5. Kieran Smith, UF 1:31.27.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Max McHugh, MINN 49.90, 2. Caspar Corbeau, TEX 50.49, 3. Liam Bell, CAL 50.50. 6. Dillon Hillis, UF 51.24.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Kacper Stokowski, NCS 44.04, 2. Brendan Burns, IU 44.15, 3. Adam Chaney, UF 44.35.

3-meter diving: 1. Kurtis Mathews, TAM 466.85, 2. Andrew Capobianco, IU 462.10, 3. Juan Hernandez, LSU 459.20

400-yard medley relay: 1. California 3:00.36,2. Indiana 3:00.76, 3. Florida 3:01.00 (Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Kieran Smith), 27. Florida State 3:07.63 (Mason Hebert, Izaak Bastian, Max McCusker, Peter Varjasi).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com