2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Central Time)
- Defending champion: Texas (3x) (results)
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Carsten Vissering of the USC Trojans split a 22.58 breaststroke leg to power his team to win in the 200 medley relay tonight at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. While there no official relay split records, that time by Vissering appears to be the fastest mark ever. Previously, the fastest split belonged to Cal Bear Chuck Katis, who split a 22.64 in prelims back in 2015. Cal would go on to win that event that evening, with Katis splitting a 22.79.
Vissering timed his start perfectly, with his 0.05 reaction time making for an awfully tight exchange, but USC needed every hundredth of a second, as their winning time of 1:21.82 was just barely faster than Cal’s 2nd place time of 1:21.88.
Peter John Stevens of Tennessee (22.96) and Ian Finnerty of Indiana (22.97) were the other two breaststrokers to record sub-23 splits tonight. Neither split was surprising, as Stevens may have more 22-something relay splits than anyone else in history, while Finnerty went out at 23.1 earlier tonight en route to the fastest time ever in the 100 breast.
Nor is it surprising to see Vissering with a lightning-fast breaststroke split. He was one of the top breaststroke recruits coming out of high school, swimming for Nation’s Capital, and was one of the top returning breaststrokers from last year. Earlier tonight, he finished 3rd in the 100 breast, being Finnerty and Cal’s Connor Hoppe.