College swimming: Texas owns huge lead going into final day
ATLANTA – Texas freshman Townley Haas set NCAA, American and U.S. Open records in the 200-yard freestyle while sophomore Joseph Schooling took down the NCAA and U.S. Open records in the 100-yard butterfly, as the Longhorns maintained their lead Friday on Day 3 of the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Schooling won his second consecutive NCAA crown in the 100 butterfly and the seventh such title for Texas in the event, as the Olympian from Singapore took the win in 44.01. The swim broke the NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship record of 44.18 set by Stanford's Austin Staab at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Schooling hasn't lost an NCAA Championship butterfly final in three tries. Last year, he became the first Longhorn to win NCAA titles in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events in his Texas career. Last summer, Schooling won bronze for Singapore in the 100m butterfly at the FINA World Championships.
All-America junior Jack Conger took third in the 100 butterfly final at 44.87 and notched his second top-three national finish in the event in as many seasons. Conger, Schooling and Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker are the only Longhorns to dip below 45 seconds in the 100 butterfly. UT junior Will Glass won the 100 butterfly consolation final in 45.93 while senior John Murray took seventh in 46.31.
Haas broke the 10-year-old NCAA, NCAA Championship meet and U.S. Open record in the 200 freestyle held by Arizona's Simon Burnett and took the event's three-year-old American record from former Longhorn Ricky Berens. The Richmond, Virginia, native added a second individual title to go with his 500 freestyle win, as he claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:30.46, the first swim ever under the 1:31 mark.
Haas toppled Burnett's record mark of 1:31.20 and Berens' American record of 1:31.31. Haas took the lead at the 50-yard mark, and he led by over a second at the 150-yard mark at 1:06.92. The rest of the field failed to get any closer, as Haas put away the win in the historic mark of 1:30.46.
Five-time NCAA champion Will Licon finished as the NCAA runner-up in the 400 individual medley at 3:37.40. Thursday night, the El Paso native became the first Longhorn ever to win both the 200 and 400 individual medleys at the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Jonathan Roberts placed second in the consolation final at 3:41.77 while freshman Ryan Harty took fourth at 3:42.73.
All-America senior Cory Bowersox put together a strong list of three-meter dives and advances to the event's championship final. Bowersox placed a career-best third on three-meter with 420.50 points. All-America junior Mark Anderson took second in the three-meter consolation final with 448.45 points.
Texas capped the night with a third-place mark of 1:22.75 that dipped well below the school record in the 200 medley relay. Freshman John Shebat led off in 20.94 before Licon picked up the breaststroke in 23.30. Schooling split 19.36 on the butterfly leg before Murray anchored in 19.15.
Shebat added a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke consolation final at 45.63.
Texas, who has led the NCAA Championships after each of the first three nights of competition, holds first place at 366 points with one day of competition remaining. California sits in second with 271 points while Florida holds third with 255 points. N.C. State is in fourth place with 197 points, and Georgia rounds out the top-five with 162 points.
The fourth and final round of the NCAA Championships gets underway Saturday at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT.