This morning’s 200 medley relay was fast enough that very few teams will have alternate lineup options tonight, perhaps in response to a few high-profile miscues in prelims of the 400 medley.
You can check out that entire crowd of 18-second men here, organized in a spreadsheet. You can view by event, name, team and type of start (relay or flat), complete with some totaled numbers at the top.
After day 3 prelims, the Longhorns are projected to extend their lead to over 100 points.
Following day 2 finals of the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships, the defending champion Texas longhorns have burst into the lead
Tonight brings competition in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter diving, and 400 medley relay.
Alabama’s Connor Oslin popped off the 11th fastest performance ever in the 100 back this morning at the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships.
The Gators led until the final 50 in the 200 free relay, but Texas’ Joseph Schooling busted out an 18.34 to win it for the Longhorns
If there was any doubt about it, the doubt is now gone. Clark Smith is back.
Cal currently holds the runner up position, but Florida is just 4.5 points back. The NC State Wolfpack and Indiana Hoosiers round out the top 5 on today’s scoreboard, and aren’t out of reach of a top 3 spot by any means.
By our count, 30 different men broke 19 at some point today, together accounting for 51 different sub-19 swims and led by Caeleb Dressel, who popped four swims under 19 and one under 18.
Though they finished 2nd to Texas, the Bears took down the American Record in a blistering 3:01.51. That took down the former American Record mark of 3:01.60 set by Cal at the 2015 NCAA Meet.
Will Licon of Texas became the second man ever to split under 50 seconds in a 100 breaststroke, while teammate Joseph Schooling was 43.60 for one of the fastest fly legs on record and John Shebat moved to #4 all-time in the 100 back in the same relay.
After a thrilling tie in the women’s 200 free at last week’s NCAA meet, we saw another tie for 1st place in today’s Men’s NCAA Championships, as Texas’ Will Licon and Florida’s Mark Szaranek tied for the 200 IM victory in 1:40.67.
It’s been a wild ride for Texas’s Clark Smith. But he ends his collegiate 500 free career with the sweetest redemption story imaginable: returning to the top of the NCAA with the fastest swim in history.
Indiana will get its expected big points boost from diving tonight, with James Connor and Michael Hixon both qualifying for the A final in 3rd and 5th, respectively.