Alabama’s 200 Medley Relay Reaction Times Add Up To .01


Last year, it was the Florida men’s relay exchanges that were the talk of the town. However, the Alabama Crimson Tide may have just taken the title of “best relay exchanges in the building” from the Gators.

In the 200 medley, the first event of the 2023 Men’s Division I NCAAs, Alabama’s quartet of Matthew Menke, Derek Maas, Mateo Miceli, and Tim Korstanje finished 11th with a time of 1:22.70. The most impressive part of their swim? Maas’, Miceli’s, and Korstanje’s reaction times all added up to a grand total of…a hundredth.

No, that’s not a typo. Here’s the proof:

We don’t keep any stats about reaction time sums, but this is definitely up there for lowest total reaction time for a non-disqualified relay. Though all three were exceptionally quick, the one who was closest to the edge was the freshman Korstanje, as anything faster than -.03 earns a disqualification.

Despite his speed, Korstanje didn’t have the fastest legal reaction time in the race. That honor belongs to a fellow freshman, Georgia’s Kris Pitshugin, who hit exactly a -.03 reaction time.

Their reaction times helped them drop over a second from their seed time, which was the 1:23.72 they swam during a time trial at the SEC Championships.

Menke, Maas, and Korstanje were all markedly faster at NCAAs than they were during the SEC time trial. That said, it should be noted that Menke, Maas, and Miceli all swam on the scored 200 medley relay earlier in the session where they also did the time trial.

Notably, Maas also tied Max McHugh for the second-fastest 50 breaststroke split in history. The top four were all swum in this session, with Marchand and McHugh also getting under McHugh’s old mark of 22.40.

Men’s 50 Breast Splits: Top 5 Performers Of All Time

Leon Marchand, Arizona State — 22.27 (2023)
Max McHugh, Minnesota/Derek Maas, Alabama – 22.39 (2023/2023)
Van Mathias, Indiana — 22.53 (2023)
Brian Benzing, Towson – 22.54 (2023)

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