Indiana leads a brutally-close team battle, and also has several event title contenders tonight: among them Ian Finnerty (pictured) in the 100 breast and Blake Pieroni in the 200 free.
Heat sheets for Saturday morning’s last prelims session at the 2018 NCAA Championships show only a handful of scratches and Justin Ress still entered in the 100 free despite a back injury.
Five teams are within 16 and a half points of one another for the NCAA crown at the moment, with today’s meet-high 7-event prelims session holding perhaps the most valuable key to securing a team championship.
For the second day in a row, Indiana and Texas will get big boosts from their divers. Indiana has two of the top four qualifiers and three in the top eight, while Texas has two in the championship final.
Where does Florida coach Gregg Troy use versatile sprint weapon Caeleb Dressel on tonight’s 200 medley relay?
Coming off a historic day that included two 17-second flat-start 50 frees, one 17-second flying start 50 free and a 50.6 breaststroke split, Caeleb Dressel is feeling some ill effects heading into day 3.
It’s been a night of Florida domination, with 50 frees of 17.81 and 17.63 from Caeleb Dressel, a 200 IM win from Jan Switkowski and a national title in the 200 free relay.
In a massive surge of IM performances, this year’s NCAA Championships produced 5 of the fastest 11 200 IMers in history.
A pair of Florida Gators will look to defend their 2017 national titles. Caeleb Dressel is the headliner – the do-everything star will try to win his fourth-straight NCAA 50 free title and challenge his own American record of 18.20.
Indiana and Texas should roll in some big diving points tonight with 3 scorers each, and IU sits 1st and 2nd coming out of 1-meter diving prelims.
Cal could swap Justin Lynch to fly on the 400 medley relay, throwing in Ryan Hoffer or Michael Jensen as they seek to run down Indiana for the NCAA title.
Winners of the last three NCAA titles and NCAA record-holders in the 400 medley relay, the Texas Longhorns have missed the A final with a 9th-place finish at prelims of the 2018 NCAA meet.
One year ago, Townley Haas put up the fastest 200 free split in history. His Texas Longhorns start their quest for an NCAA team title four-peat tonight, but they’ll face a loaded 800 free relay field.
As we tick down the days to the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
9 or so hours after setting a new 17-18 National Age Group (NAG) record in prelims, Michael Andrew lowered the record six more one-hundredths with a 50.79 at finals of the TYR Junior National Cup.