By Karl Ortegon on SwimSwam

2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
  • Streaming:
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

Welcome to the 2021 NCAA Men’s Championships, which launch tonight with the 800 free relay. This is the first NCAA Men’s Championships in two years due to the pandemic.

While Florida’s Kieran Smith could light things up on the Gator relay, Texas holds the top seed in this race by over four seconds, and they’re the heavy favorites to clinch the first race of the evening. The final heat will be a barn-burner, as Texas will be joined by Florida, Cal and Texas A&M to close the night.

The Longhorns return Drew Kibler and Austin Katz from their record-breaking relay in 2019, and Kibler sits #2 in the country in the 200 free individually, behind Smith but over a second ahead of anyone else.

Six heats will run tonight, as relays will compete in every other lane to adhere to social distancing protocol this week.

WEDNESDAY FINALS HEAT SHEET

800 FREE RELAY – TIMED FINAL

  • NCAA Record: Texas (Kibler, Katz, Newkirk, Haas) – 6:05.08
  • U.S. Open Record: Texas (Kibler, Katz, Newkirk, Haas) – 6:05.08
  • American Record: Texas (Kibler, Katz, Newkirk, Haas) – 6:05.08
  • 2019 Champion: Texas (Kibler, Katz, Newkirk, Haas) – 6:05.08
  • 2020 Top Performer: Texas (Rooney, Willenbring, Katz, Kibler) – 6:08.40

Top 3 (through heat one)

 

Read the full story on SwimSwam: 2021 NCAA Men’s Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

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