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.
Purdue junior and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Steele Johnson pulled off a diving comeback with a last-minute dive change Friday night.
Cal and USC battled for the win, with USC narrowly pulling it out in 1:21.82 to Cal’s 1:21.88. The Bears, though they finished 2nd, set a new American Record.
The 200 free final at the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships was much anticipated after Indiana’s Blake Pieroni cracked the 1:30 barrier in the 800 free relay. But tonight, Haas reclaimed the record, winning the title in 1:29.50. That took nearly a full second off his best time.
Tonight, it was DeVine on top as he became the 2nd fastest 400 IMer in history.
Finnerty smashed his lifetime best to win the 100 breast, clocking in at 49.69.
The race once again went to Dressel. He made history as the first man to break 43, clocking in at 42.80 to dominate the race.
Friday night will feature finals for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay.
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.
NC State’s Justin Ress was a declared false start in this morning’s 200 free prelims, but SwimSwam has confirmed that his absence was due to an injury.
Florida was in 5th in their heat through the fly leg, but Dressel chased down the field to pull them into 2nd at the finish.
Finnerty’s swim makes him the 3rd fastest performer of all time, moving ahead of Texas’ Will Licon, who won NCAAs last season.
Since he opted out of this event, Ress will likely swim all 5 relays for the Wolfpack at this meet.
Dressel put up a 44.3 this morning, while Lanza took off with a lifetime best 44.6.
The only scratch with a projected scoring impact this morning is Louisville’s Nicholas Albiero in the 100 fly. He was seeded #16.