By Reach for the Wall Staff Writers.
ATLANTA – The 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship (March 23-26) and the women’s NCAA’s (March 16-19) are now in the history books.
On the men’s side, the Texas Longhorns won their 12th national championship with 541.5 points, followed by California (351), Florida (334) and North Carolina State (314). For the women, Georgia’s Lady Bulldogs won their 7th national championship with 414 points, followed by Stanford (395), California (358), Texas A&M (309) and Virginia (264).
In the men’s championships, PVS standouts, Jack Conger (Texas), Andrew Seliskar (California), Brandon Fiala (Virginia Tech), John Shebat (Texas), Carsten Vissering (USC) and Paul O’Hara (Harvard) all scored for their respective teams.
Jack Conger (Rockville, Md / Our Lady of Good Counsel) lowered his American record in the 200-yard butterfly (1:38.06), finished 3rd in the 100-yard fly, and fueled 1st place finishes in the 800-yard free relay and 400-yard medley relay (both of which set NCAA and U.S. Open records), a 1st place finish in the 200-yard free relay, and a 2nd place finish in the 400-yard free relay. John Shebat (Oak Hill, Va / Oakton High School) joined Conger on that record-breaking Texas 400-yard medley relay team, led the Longhorn’s 200-yard medley relay to a 3rd place finish, and finished 11th in the 100-yard backstroke.
Andrew Seliskar (McLean, Va / Thomas Jefferson High School) finished 3rd in the 200-yard fly (right behind Conger), 5th in the 400-yard IM and 7th in the 200-yard IM, and he propelled the Cal Bears’ 800-yard free relay to a 4th place finish. Brandon Fiala (Centreville, Va / Westfield High School) finished 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke, 5th in the 200-yard breaststroke, and 8th right behind Seliskar in the 200-yard IM.
Carsten Vissering (Bethesda, Md / Georgetown Prep) finished 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke. Paul O’Hara (Alexandria, Va / Gonzaga College High School) anchored Harvard’s 200-yard free relay to a 16th place finish.
In the women’s championship, PVS stars, Sarah Haase (Stanford), Janet Hu (Stanford) and Hellen Moffitt (North Carolina) all scored for their respective teams.
Sarah Haase (Rockville, Md / Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Janet Hu (Vienna, Va / Oakton High School) joined forces to propel Stanford’s 200-yard medley relay to a 1st place finish. Haase also finished 2nd in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Hu finished 4th in the 100-yard fly and 5th in the 100-yard backstroke.
Hellen Moffitt (Alexandria, Va / West Potomac High School) finished 5th right behind Hu in the 100-yard fly, and she powered UNC’s 400-yard medley relay to a 12th place finish and its 200-yard medley relay to 16th.
Congratulations to these and other PVS swimmers who swam at NCAA’s. You can see the complete final results from the men’s and women’s championships by visiting the event’s host website.