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.
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.
6 different programs have season-best composite times that add up within a second of one another in an event that could turn the tides of the entire meet.
There are several men in contention for the title. Four of them are Longhorns. Austin Katz is the top seed, but Harvard’s Dean Farris has also been sub-1:39 this season.
He’s been so close for two years in a row, and this year, he’s gunning for the crown.
It was a veteran-dominated NCAA meet, with freshmen scoring only a third of what any other class scored individually. But how did our top 20 recruits perform in their first NCAA action?
Last season, the crowd was on its feet as Florida’s Caeleb Dressel came as close as he could possibly get to becoming the first man ever to break 40 in the 100 yard freestyle.
There’s not much doubt that Caeleb Dressel will complete the four-year sweep of the 50 free this week, but a historically strong field means that some sub-19 sprinters are going to get left out of the A-final.