2017 M. NCAAs: NC State Leads Day 1 Scoring with 800 Free Relay Win


Following day 1 finals at the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships, the NC State Wolfpack leads the way after pulling off the upset in the 800 free relay. Ryan Held, Andreas Vazaios, Justin Ress, and Soeren Dahl successfully defeated defending champion Texas, taking down the NCAA and U.S. Open Record in the process with their 6:06.53. Held led off in a blistering best time of 1:31.37, while Dahl anchored in 1:30.67.

The Longhorns sit at #2 in the day 1 standings after Jack Conger, Jeff Newkirk, Clark Smith, and Townley Haas set a new American Record time in 6:08.61. Haas put up a 1:30.42 on the anchor leg, marking the fastest 800 free relay split of all time. That was a tenth faster than his 1:30.52 split from last season.

Several teams broke school records to earn their place in the standings, including Florida (#3), Cal (#4), Stanford (#7), Auburn (#12), and Harvard (#14).


  1. NC State                           40   2. Texas                              34
  3. Florida                            32   4. California                         30
  5. Southern Cali                      28   6. Univ of Georgia                    26
  7. Stanford                           24   8. Louisville                         22
  9. Indiana                            18  10. Wisconsin                          14
 11. Michigan                           12  12. Auburn                             10
 13. South Carolina                      8  14. Harvard                             6
 15. Arizona State                       4  16. Missouri                            2

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As a total newbie, can someone please help me to understand. It seems like today’s relay is just one of many races, with most of the remaining races having Texas or Cal swimmers favored to win per the SwimSwam predictions. Yet in the comments on the first day recap, it seemed as though many thought that due to today’s relay performance, that NC State may have a chance to win overall.

It seems from the predictions Texas and Cal would still be the favorites, or am I missing something around correlation for early team performance with overall meet performance?

Ex Quaker

You can never discount the power of momentum. Just ask the Georgia ladies from last year’s NCAAs.

m augeri

NC State has recently come into the NCAAs seeded high, but does not perform well. With these performances, it may indicate that NC State is bringing it this time and could challenge Texas.


NCstate had a good 200 last year they got second, people are just amazed Texas lost its Texas’s own fault for not going with last years line up

NYC Unicorn

Points wise Texas had the biggest jump up from their seeding. NC State stayed where they were seeded and Cal moved down a spot.

Bay City Tex

Plus, Horns will have a net gain by not swimming Schooling in the relay. Relay might have scored 40 with Schooling, but he will score more than 6 points in the 50. If he swims to his seed, Horns will
score 50 instead of 40, +10 gained. Horn divers will decide this thing, imho.

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