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.
Ryan Held was 1:31.09 and Jacob Molacek 1:32.13 as NC State defended its event title from last year and broke their own NCAA and U.S. Open records with a 6:05.31.
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.
NC State posted a blistering 6:05.31 to crack the NCAA Record and win the title.
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.
The 4 fastest men in history, led by Townley Haas in the all-time rankings, will face off at the Men’s NCAA Championships.
The 2018 NCAA Championships should culminate in duel between NC State and Texas that could see the 2:45 mark broken in the 400 free relay.
While NC State and Texas are 2 of the top teams battling for the title tonight, the Florida Gators are bringing in a team that could be hard to beat.