2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Defending champion: Texas (3x) (results)
- Psych Sheet
- Championship Central
- NCAA record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2017, 40.00
- American record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2017, 40.00
- U.S. Open record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2017, 40.00
- 2017 NCAA Champion: Caeleb Dressel, 2017, 40.00
Last season, the crowd was on its feet as Florida’s Caeleb Dressel came as close as he could possibly get to becoming the first man ever to break 40 in the 100 yard freestyle. Dressel hit the wall in 40.00, dominating as he shaved nearly half a second off the American Record. Now a senior, Dressel has one last shot to break this barrier. He’s had some incredible performances this year, so nothing seems out of the question for him, and he seems unstoppable.
We have several returning finalists in this race in NC State’s Ryan Held, USC’s Dylan Carter and Santo Condorelli, Indiana’s Blake Pieroni, Texas’ Brett Ringgold, and Stanford’s Sam Perry. Of the returners, most of them don’t seem like they’ve shown all of their cards so far this year. Pieroni has been a best time this season, knocking a hundredth off his time at Big Tens.
We could see some new faces in the final this year. Texas’ Tate Jackson had a very strong Big 12s. He took down the conference record and dropped a full second and became the 9th fastest performer ever in the event. Teammate Townley Haas, the reigning 200 free champ, will look to make it in after winning the B final last season. He’s seemed to develop more speed over his career, and the 100 might be more central to his event focus now than it has been in years past. Cal has a strong sprint group and should get someone in between Justin Lynch, Ryan Hoffer, and Michael Jensen.
Auburn’s Zach Apple had big potential after his success during the long course season last summer. Apple has already dropped nearly a second from his best this season. He and teammate Peter Holoda are both top 8 seeds. NC State also has potential to get multiple men in the final. Aside from Held, they’ve also got Justin Ress, who, like Apple, had a great season last summer, and Jacob Molacek. Alabama’s Robert Howard is another guy who had a great summer season and could have a big breakthrough here. Minnesota’s Bowen Becker, the 5th seed, had a fantastic performance at Big Tens and is in the running for a finals spot as well.
TOP 8 PICKS:
|Place||Swimmer||Season Best||Lifetime Best|
|1||Caeleb Dressel (Florida)||40.87||40.00|
|2||Ryan Held (NC State)||41.41||41.21|
|3||Tate Jackson (Texas)||41.27||41.27|
|4||Zach Apple (Auburn)||41.64||41.64|
|5||Blake Pieroni (Indiana)||41.43||41.43|
|6||Brett Ringgold (Texas)||41.89||41.61|
|7||Ryan Hoffer (Cal)||42.28||41.23|
|8||Bowen Becker (Minnesota)||41.61||41.61|