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.
Florida’s Caeleb Dressel has once again made history.
Tonight, it was Florida’s Jan Switkowski taking over, as he put up a 1:39.54 to become the 3rd fastest performer ever. Behind him, NC State’s Vazaios also broke 1:40 in 1:39.97 to become #4.
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Dressel lead off for the Gators in 17.81, blowing away the individual 50 free American Record and NCAA Record as he became the first man to ever break 18 seconds from a flat start.
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.
Last year’s 500 freestyle showed considerably more depth than the prelims at the 2018 NCAA Championships did this morning.
Dressel got after it in prelims, taking down his own record with a quick 18.11.
Cal’s Seliskar and Stanford’s DeVine both broke 1:41 for the first time this morning.
That split marked Dressel’s 6th time breaking 18 on a relay.
Harvard has opted out of today’s 400 medley relay prelims, meaning swimming fans won’t get to see Dean Farris swim a 100 back at this 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.
Indiana’s Blake Pieroni moved up all the way up to the top in the all-time rankings as the leadoff member of his squad, clocking in at 1:29.63 to become the first man ever to break 1:30.
The favorite heading into the meet, Indiana’s Ian Finnerty, is the only man to have broken 51 so far this season.
We hadn’t even seen the last heat of the 800 free relay yet, but heads were already turning after Harvard’s Dean Farris blasted a 1:30.5 split on the 2nd leg in heat 2.