The no. 4 Gator men are ready to impress on a national stage with the NCAA Championships beginning Wednesday at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.
Thirteen men were invited to compete in individual events during the course of the meet: Khader Baqlah, Clark Beach, Andrew Brady, Caeleb Dressel, Ben Lawless, Alex Lebed, Bayley Main, Blake Manganiello, Maxime Rooney, Grant Sanders, Jan Switkowski, Mark Szaranek and Michael Taylor.
|Khader Baqlah||200 Free||1:31.96||A|
|Clark Beach||200 Back||1:41.13||B|
|Andrew Brady||500 Free||4:14.98||B|
|Caeleb Dressel||50 Free||18.66||A|
|Ben Lawless||500 Free||4:16.06||B|
|Alex Lebed||200 IM||1:43.95||B|
|Bayley Main||100 Back||46.01||B|
|Blake Manganiello||1650 Free||14:46.19||B|
|Maxime Rooney||100 Free||42.51||B|
|Grant Sanders||400 IM||3:42.81||B|
|Jan Switkowski||100 Fly||45.26||A|
|Mark Szaranek||200 Breast||1:51.86||A|
|Michael Taylor||200 Back||1:40.28||B|
The Gators are looking to continue their impressive NCAA performances, having finished third in three out of the last four seasons. Since Coach Gregg Troy has taken over the men’s program in the 1999-2000 season, the Gators have finished in the top-10 at NCAAs each year.
Florida comes into the meet with 10 of the nation’s top-10 individual times and also ranks in the top-10 of each of the five relays.
|50 free||Caeleb Dressel||1st||18.66|
|100 free||Caeleb Dressel||1st||40.87|
|200 free||Khader Baqlah||3rd||1:31.96|
|100 breast||Caeleb Dressel||1st||50.03|
|200 breast||Mark Szaranek||4th||1:51.86|
|100 fly||Jan Switkowski||6th||45.26|
|200 IM||Caeleb Dressel||1st||1:38.13|
|400 IM||Mark Szaranek||2nd||3:37.50|
|200 FR||Martinez-Scarpe, Dressel, Switkowski, Szaranek||9th||1:16.59|
|400 FR||Dressel, Baqlah, Rooney, Szaranek||2nd||2:47.06|
|800 FR||Switkowski, Rooney, Baqlah, Szaranek||2nd||6:12.06|
|200 MR||Taylor, Bray, Switkowski, Dressel||1st||1:22.94|
|400 MR||Main, Dressel, Switkowski, Szaranek||3rd||3:04.55|
The field of Gators returns two NCAA Champions in Dressel and Szaranek, both of whom are competing in their fourth NCAA meet. Dressel looks to defend his titles in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly, while Szaranek is looking to claim his second 200 IM title in a row.
Dressel – a six-time national champion – is just one individual title away from tying Ryan Lochte (7) for the most in program history on the men’s side. He also has an opportunity to become the first male in NCAA history to sweep all four years of the 50 free and it would be just the 14th time that one man has won four titles in the same event.
Florida will also bring four relay-only swimmers with them to Minneapolis: Chandler Bray, Marco Guarente, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe and Christoph Margotti.
Brennan Balogh was selected as an alternate in the 200 back with a time of 1:41.19.
The 17 men competing (13 invited, four relay-only swimmers) have 56 All-America honors between them. The senior class carries the bulk of that load, with 51 All-America accolades split between Dressel (21), Lawless (1), Martinez-Scarpe (1), Switkowski (14) and Szaranek (14).
Sophomores Bray (2) and Rooney (3) combine for the other five All-America honors.
The Gators also qualified in each of the five relays: 200 free relay (1:16.59), 400 free relay (2:47.06), 800 free relay (6:12.06), 200 medley relay (1:22.94) and 400 medley relay (3:04.55).
Although they were not invited to NCAAs other events, each Gator can potentially add an optional event in which they have met the minimum time standard. The other events in which the invited swimmers have recorded B standard times can be found here.
Prelims for each day will begin at 10 a.m. CT, while finals are set for 6 p.m. CT each night.
– ESPN3 will stream live the championship finals sessions each Friday and Saturday. Tape delayed coverage of the championships will be broadcast on ESPNU at 5 p.m. ET on April 4.
– Results will be available at Meet Mobile and www.ncaa.com.
Information on Minneapolis:
– Information regarding the championships, area attractions, places to visit, and dining options is located online at www.sportsminneapolis.org,www.minneapolis.org,www.exploreminnesota.com/index.aspx, and www.visit-twincities.com.
– The DI Men’s Swimming & Diving program can be viewed at www.NCAA.com/gameprograms.
– The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.
– Using a digital platform will allow IMG to add extra pages to programs in addition to extending deadlines to allow for the most up-to-date information to be included in the program. In addition, after the championship has concluded, the program will be updated with a recap from the championship and a new cover photo from the recently completed championship.
– Tickets are available to purchase online atwww.ncaa.com/tickets and on-site at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on competition days. The ticket off will be open 90 minutes prior to competition. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to competition.
– Ticket pricing (Online & On-site):
o Adult All Session (Bleachers) – $85
o Youth/Student/Senior Citizen All Session (Bleachers) – $85
o Adult Single Session (Bleachers) – Prelims $15, Finals $18
o Youth/Student/Senior Citizen Single Session (Bleachers) – Prelims $15, Finals $18
– The Jean K. Freeman University Aquatic Center has several parking locations adjacent to the facility that will serve as parking spaces for fans on event days. Please note that there is NO free or open parking on campus – all vehicles must possess an event long parking pass, an event day parking pass or have purchased hourly parking in one of the pay lots on campus to avoid receiving parking tickets during their visit.
– Parking locations for spectators include the 4th Street Ramp (1625 4th St. SE) and the Washington Avenue Ramp (501 Washington Ave. SE).
– Heat sheets will be available for purchase at the merchandise stand before and during each session. Cost is $2/session or $10 for an entire week’s heat sheets.
Schedule of Events:
– 800 free relay
– 200 free relay
– 500 free
– 200 IM
– 50 free
– 1-meter diving
– 400 medley relay
– 400 IM
– 100 fly
– 200 free
– 100 breast
– 100 back
– 3-meter diving
– 200 medley relay
– 1650 free
– 200 back
– 100 free
– 200 breast
– 200 fly
– Platform diving
– 400 free relay