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UF Men’s Swimming & Diving: Gators Place Third At The 2021 NCAA Championships

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY BRIDGETTE UNDERWOOD

The Gators have best finish at the NCAA Championships since 2017

The Florida Gators placed third at the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships with 367 points, which is the team’s best finish since 2017.

The Gators finished the 2021 NCAA Championships with three individual titles, two individual second place finishes, and a total of 15 All-American Honors. Out of 13 Gators participating in the Championships, eight scored for Florida (not including relays).

Robert Finke got the Gators off to a great start on the final night of the Championships, claiming his second NCAA Title of the 2021 Championships. In the 1650 free, Finke went 14:12.52 to place first and was crowned National Champion with a new NCAA Meet Record.

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Brennan Gravley placed fourth in his heat and 18th overall, with a time of 14:55.90. Alfonso Mestre swam a personal best time of 15:00.21 to place third in his heat and 23rd overall.

In the 200 back, Clark Beach finished seventh with a time of 1:40.42 to earn All-American Honors. With the swim-off time to get Beach into the A-final of 1:40.02, he moved up to number five on the UF all-time best list.

Kieran Smith earned another All-American Honor with a 41.89 to finish sixth overall in the 100 free. Eric Friese swam a 42.44 to place fifth in the B-final and 13th overall. With that time, Friese moved up to number eight on the UF all-time best list

The quartet of Adam ChaneyKieran SmithEric Friese, and Trey Freeman swam 2:46.88 to place second overall, and with that time they move up to number three on the UF all-time best list.

All-American Honors

400 IM: Robert Finke – 1st
200 Free – Kieran Smith – 1st
1650 Free – Robert Finke – 1st
500 Free: Kieran Smith – 2ndRobert Finke – 6th
50 Free: Adam Chaney – 3rd
100 Breast: Dillon Hillis – 2nd
100 Fly: Eric Friese – 7th
200 Back: Clark Beach – 7th
100 Free: Kieran Smith – 6th
800 Free Relay: Kieran SmithTrey FreemanAlfonso MestreRobert Finke – 4th
400 Medley Relay: Adam Chaney, Dillon HillisKieran SmithEric Friese – 3rd
200 Free Relay: Adam ChaneyWill DavisKieran SmithEric Friese – 2nd
200 Medley Relay: Adam ChaneyDillon HillisEric FrieseWill Davis – 2nd
400 Free Relay: Adam ChaneyKieran SmithEric FrieseTrey Freeman – 2nd

Honorable All-American Honors
500 Free: Trey Freeman – 11thAlfonso Mestre – 14th
50 Free: Eric Friese – 9th
200 IM: Dillon Hillis – 16th
100 Back: Adam Chaney – 9th
100 Free: Eric Friese – 13th
3-Meter: Leonardo Garcia – 9th
Platform: Leonardo Garcia – 15th

Records

School Record: 400 Medley Relay – Chaney, Hillis, Smith, Friese – 3rd / 3:01.51
Pool Record: 200 Free – Kieran Smith – 1st / 1:29.66

Quotables – Head Coach Anthony Nesty

“This was a fantastic week for our men.  I am extremely proud of them.  They all were tireless in their efforts all the way to the end and displayed the greatest camaraderie among themselves. The night started with a phenomenal swim by Bobby Finke in the 1,650 Free.  He almost clipped his own American Record with that performance.  He swam a solid 14:12.52 1,650 Free and did succeed in breaking the meet and pool record.

Clark Beach showed tremendous effort, advancing to the A-Final this evening with a Prelim swim-off win.  He improved his night performance, adding points on the board.

Eric Friese also added points to the Gators with his Consolation Final this evening with a 13th place finish of 42.44.  He has had an exceptional meet.

Kieran Smith also contributed once again in his 100 Free Final tonight posting a 6th place finish of 41.89.

“The 400 Free Relay topped our night with an exciting second place finish.  Our relay team of Adam, Trey, Kieran, and Eric were committed to a strong finish and represented the Gators with great passion and pride.

“I want to thank our coaches, Steve Jungbluth and Jack Szaranek, for their endless commitment to the program.  They are extremely instrumental to the success of our team.  

“I would also like to thank our Administration and entire support staff for their enormous efforts and support on our behalf.  This truly is a team effort and all share in this NCAA Championship finish.

“Go Gators!”

Quotables – Diving Coach Bryan Gillooly

“Another consolation final for Leo today is another step in the right direction. We both know that he is capable of much more, but he showed a lot of heart today. After getting off to a rough start, he never gave up and finished strong with his most difficult dive. A dive he just learned last week in preparation for this event. With this experience under his belt, I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future. I expect big things.”

Standings

1. Texas 595
2. California 568
3. Florida 367
4. Georgia 268
5. Louisville 211
6. Indiana 207
7. Ohio St 180
8. NC State 164
9. Virginia 152
10. Texas A&M 151
11. Virginia Tech 135
12. Michigan 106
12. Arizona 106
14. Stanford 99
15. Alabama 91
16. Missouri 86
17. Purdue 83
18. Lsu 68
19. University of Miami 54
20. Tennessee 48
21. Georgia Tech 40
21. Minnesota 40
23. Florida St 32.5
24. UNC 31
25. Notre Dame 29
26. Pittsburgh 28
27. Southern California 21
28. Wisconsin 20
29. Utah 17.5
30. Kentucky 14
31. Penn St 13
32. West Virginia 5