NCAA Day 2: New American Records by Swimmers from Florida!


NCAA Day 2

NCAA Day 2: New American Records by Swimmers from Florida!

NCAA Day 2 at the Men’s NCAA Div. I Championships was exciting with several swimmers from the state of Florida setting new records, ranging from school records up through American records. Of particular note, Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy (both teammates at Bolles School Sharks) both set new American, US Open, and NCAA records. Meanwhile, another former Bolles teammate, Joseph Schooling helped lead his 400 Medley Relay to a new US Open.

800 Free Relay

University of Florida

The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving teams opened up the 2016 NCAA Championships on a high note on Wednesday, swimming to the third-fastest 800-Yard Freestyle Relay time in history. The Gators’ time of 6:09.84 marked a new Florida School Record and brought in 32 points on a third-place finish.

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Photo: Reagan Lunn

The All-American quartet of senior Pawel Werner, sophomores Jan Switkowski and Mark Szaranek, and junior Mitch D’Arrigo posted a time of 6:09.84. Although they finished third, the time still surpassed the relay’s previous American, U.S. Open, and NCAA Championship records entering the competition.

Swimmers from Florida at Other Schools

Bolles School alum Joseph Schooling helped Texas gain the win in the 800 Free Relay by swimming anchor and going 1:32.34.

Meanwhile Fast Lane’s Grigory Tarasevich  helped Louisville place seventh.  Grigory swam a 1:33.76.

Highlander’s Sean Duggan helped lead Stanford to place 13th in the finals by swimming third and going a 1:35.63

200 Free Relay

University of Florida

Florida Gators came into the finals seeded third. Caeleb Dressel went a 18.24 to lead off and then Corey Main, Mark Szaranek, and Jack Blyzinskyj combined to go a total time of 1:16.21 and finish fourth.

Swimmers from Florida at Other Schools

Joseph Schooling (BSS) helped Texas gain another win, this time in the 200 Free Relay. Joseph swam second going 18.53.

Ryan Murphy (BSS) dove in for the second leg for California, going 18.56, and securing a fifth place finish.

Panama City Swim Team’s Michael Duderstadt helped Auburn capture sixth. Duder swam an 18.91.

Palm Harbor’s Tristan Sanders swam anchor for Michigan, going 19.30, and helped secure and eighth place finish.

Sean Duggan (HIGH) again helped lead his Stanford team to a second place finish in the consolation finals. Sean touched the wall in 19.55.

500 Free

University of Florida

Mitch D’Arrigo came in as the top seed but was barely out-touched by Texas freshman Townley Haas who went 4:09.00 to Mitch’s 4:09.98, which set a new school record.

Mitch D'Arrigo - NCAA Day 2

Pawel Werner came in as the top seed in the Consolation final. He swam his own race, patiently waiting to make his move at the start of the final hundred. His strategy worked as he surged ahead to win the Consolations in 4:13.79.

200 IM

University of Florida

Jan Switkowski, a finalist from last year’s NCAA and this year’s 8th seed, battled for the lead early in the race but ultimately finished 4th with a time of 1:41.36.

Meanwhile Mark Szaranek – 7th seed – touched in sixth with the time of 1:41.59.

Swimmers from Florida at Other Schools

Ryan Murphy (BSS) was back in the water as the 2nd seed coming into finals. Surging to the lead in the backstroke leg, it came down to a three-way race for the wall, when Ryan was out-touched and so finished third with a time of 1:40.27.

50 Free

University of Florida

Top seed and American Record Holder Caeleb Dressel swam the fastest 50 yard Free in history to set yet another American Record, US Open Record, and NCAA Record. Out to a half body length by the end of the first 25 yards, Caeleb blew away the rest of the field as he touched in at 18.20.


University of Florida

A freshman, Samuel Smith dove in his first NCAA championship and finished 24th out of a strong field. His final point tally was 315.40

Florida State University

FSU’s Dylan Grisell finished 26th after the diving preliminaries. Dylan finishes with a final tally of 312.30.

University of Miami

Briadam Herrera, a sophomore who earned All American Honors at last year’s NCAA, qualified 7th for the finals. During the finals, though, Briadem moved into the top 3 during the third round on a reverse 2-and-half in the pike position, earning two 9s and other high marks from the judges. However, by the time all the rounds were complete, Briadam was fifth with 427.90 points.

Briadam Herrera

400 Medley Relay

University of Florida

Gators swam in the following order: Jack Blyzinskyj, Caeleb Dressel, Corey Main, Jan Switkowski. The four combined to touch in at 3:05.19 to come in 5th.

Swimmers from Florida at Other Schools

Ryan Murphy (BSS) led off in the backstroke and was out in 43.51, which set a new American, US Open, and NCAA record! Looking strong all night, Ryan shot like a torpedo off both walls, rocketing forward to smash the current records.

Joseph Schooling (BSS) was back again for Texas, swimming fly (43.34) and winning another relay while also setting a new US Open, pool, and NCAA record, too by going 3:00.68.

Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich (FSLN) led off the backstroke (45.24) to help his relay come in third.

For Auburn, Michael Duderstadt (PCST) swam breaststroke (51.87) to secure tenth place.

Saint Andrew’s Logan Heck helped guide UNC’s relay to sixteenth. Logan swam the anchor leg in 43.47.



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