Townley Haas has been consistently better from prelims to finals, and he’s sitting 7th in the 100 free with just about no place to go but up. Where else does a look at point floors & ceilings along with prelims-finals trends suggest a fluctuation in tonight’s brutally close projected scores?
Day 4 prelims of the Men’s NCAA Championships concluded with the 400 free relay, where sprint ace Caeleb Dressel of Florida was once again a crucial part of his squad.
Vazaios broke 1:40 for the first time this morning, clocking in at 1:39.68.
Cal’s Andrew Seliskar swam to a lifetime best in prelims of the 200 breast, qualifying 2nd only to Indiana’s Ian Finnerty.
Despite Injury, Ress Swims to #11 All-Time While Pieroni Moves to #7; Dressel Swims 4th Fastest Time in History
Despite having to scratch out of the 200 free on Friday due to an injury, NC State’s Justin Ress really stepped up for the Wolfpack this morning.
We started with five viable NCAA contenders, and although the meet isn’t over ’til it’s over, we’re effectively down to three contenders, barring any miracles. Let’s take a look at day 4 scoring chances for Indiana, Texas and Cal.
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.
Texas’s Townley Haas wanted that American record back, apparently. The junior flew through the individual 200 free, breaking the two-day-old American record with a 1:29.50.
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.