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.
Five teams are within 16 and a half points of one another for the NCAA crown at the moment, with today’s meet-high 7-event prelims session holding perhaps the most valuable key to securing a team championship.
NC State’s Justin Ress was a declared false start in this morning’s 200 free prelims, but SwimSwam has confirmed that his absence was due to an injury.
Where does Florida coach Gregg Troy use versatile sprint weapon Caeleb Dressel on tonight’s 200 medley relay?
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.
Ian Finnerty hitting his taper is the best news Indiana swimming & diving has gotten this week.
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.
In a massive surge of IM performances, this year’s NCAA Championships produced 5 of the fastest 11 200 IMers in 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.