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.
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.