Men’s Swimming and Diving takes the lead after third day at NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The No. 1 University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving team used a trio of runner-up finishes in individual events and scored huge team points in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle to take the lead after Friday’s third day of the NCAA Championship meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Texas enters the meet’s final day in first place in the team standings with 414 points, 42 in front of second-place California (372). Florida (282), Georgia (198) and Indiana (158) round out the top five teams.

The Longhorns opened Friday’s finals session by gaining 55 points in the 400-yard individual medley on the strength of four qualifiers in the ‘A’ final. Freshman Carson Foster led the charge with a runner-up finish in a time of 3:38.25, and sophomore Jake Foster placed fifth (3:40.16). Junior Braden Vines registered a sixth-place showing (3:41.28), and freshman David Johnston Jr. took eighth (3:43.06).

Senior Alvin Jiang earned fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 44.50. Senior Sam Pomajevich added a 10th-place finish with a time of 45.26.

Texas added another 46 points in the 200-yard freestyle, courtesy of three qualifiers in the ‘A’ final and one in the ‘B’ final. Junior Drew Kibler recorded a runner-up finish in a personal-best time of 1:30.39, touching just behind Florida’s Kieran Smith (1:30.10). Senior Jake Sannem placed fourth (1:32.58), and sophomore Peter Larson took eighth (1:33.67).

Freshman Coby Carrozza claimed 14th place (sixth in the consolation final) in 1:33.30, after an impressive ninth-place effort in the morning prelims at 1:32.70. Senior JohnThomas Larson finished in 26th place (1:34.44), while junior Daniel Krueger registered a tie for 38th (1:35.77).

Sophomore Caspar Corbeau earned a sixth-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 51.62.

Forty minutes following his effort in the 100 fly, Jiang returned to the deck and recorded a fourth-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 44.60, ranking No. 2 on UT’s all-time top performers list. Senior Chris Staka claimed 10th place (second in the consolation final) in a personal-best time of 45.23, and senior Austin Katz added a 15th-place showing (seventh in consolation final) at 45.64.

Windle, who won the individual title on the 1-meter board on Thursday, recorded a runner-up finish on the 3-meter springboard with a six-round score of 484.60 in the finals. His finals session was highlighted by a score of 96.25 on his fourth dive, a reverse 3 ½ somersault tuck (307c), which earned marks of 9.0 and 9.5 by the judges.

Freshman Noah Duperre, one night after claiming runner-up honors behind Windle on the 1-meter board, finished 11th on the 3-meter springboard with a six-round score of 398.55 in the consolation final. Duperre placed ninth in the prelims with 375.50 points, less than eight points shy of qualifying for the eighth and final spot in the ‘A’ final. During the consolation final, Duperre registered a score of 72.00 on his first dive, a back 2 ½ somersault pike (205b), and a 71.30 on his fifth dive, a forward 3 ½ somersault pike (107b). Freshman Brendan McCourt finished in 29th place with a score of 318.70 points in the prelims, and sophomore Andrew Harness tied for 31st at 317.30 points.

The foursome of Staka, Corbeau, Jiang and Krueger closed Friday’s session with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:22.56.

The Longhorns conclude competition at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, March 27 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Saturday’s action will feature competition in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Prelims start at 9 a.m. CT, and the finals sessions are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CT. All prelim and finals sessions will be streamed live on ESPN3.

2021 NCAA Championships – Team Standings after Day 3 (top 10 teams listed)












Rank

School

Points

1.

TEXAS

414

2.

California

372

3.

Florida

282

4.

Georgia

198

5.

Indiana

158

6.

Louisville

150

7.

Texas A&M

127

8.

North Carolina State

120

9.

Ohio State

108

10.

Virginia

102