Conger, Haas Lead Texas Longhorns To US Open Record In 800 Free Relay

2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over the past two seasons, we have seen both US Open and American records fall in the 800 freestyle relay on the men’s and women’s side at the conference level, but not at the NCAA Championships. This year, however, the new NCAA championship format gave us an opportunity us to witness the top teams in the country throw down their best 800 freestyle relay, fully shaved and tapered.

The last major record to fall on the men’s side was the US Open record in 2014. The team of Anders NielsenMichael WynaldaJustin Glanda, and Connor Jaeger started off the 2014 Big Ten Championships with the first sub 6:10 800 freestyle relay in history. Wynalda was the difference maker in that relay, splitting 1:30.60 on the second leg of the race. They were faster than the American record that was set in 2009 by the Texas Longhorns at 6:10.16, but the Michigan foursome did not all represent the United States internationally. That old Texas-held American Record still stands, in fact, because each of the top three relays had at least one international swimmer on it.

This year, the top three teams managed to finish under Michigan’s US Open record time, but the Texas Longhorns were out of this world with a 6:08.03! Jack Conger led of with ninth fastest 200 freestyle in history and then handed the race off to Townley Haas who posted the fastest split in history. Haas, a freshman, bettered Wynalda’s 2014 split of 1:30.60 with his time of 1:30.52. Clark Smith and Joseph Schooling were able to close the relay in 1:33.28 and 1:32.34, respectively.

Comparative splits:

  • University of Michigan, 2014: 6:09.85
    • Nielsen – 1:33.52
    • Wynalda – 1:30.60 (Previous fastest split in history)
    • Glanda – 1:33.26
    • Jaeger – 1:32.47
  • University of Texas, 2016: 6:08.03

NC State and Florida also finished under the previous US Open Record at 6:09.58 and 6:09.84, respectively.

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Great swims by all so why do they look so meh? The only one that looked happy was Haas. And if Haas swims that 200 like he did in the relay, Texas will have a freshman NCAA champion.

That was a little strange, wasn’t it. I guess they have an “all business” mentality. The ladies looked much happier when they broke records. It’s the fastest time in history, for cripes sake. Smile!!!!

MIKE IN DALLAS

I just saw the entire live stream of all 3 relay heats — and it was DYNAMITE!

But, what the Longhorns did was totally crazy – over the moon, really.

Apart from pulverizing the record, what Jack Conger accomplished was not only a superlative
athletic achievement; it was something akin to a kind of aesthetic, visual ‘high’ watching him
knife through the pool – BRAVI!!

It’s going to be a GREAT NCAA DI competition!

Why don’t the live results show splits for any of the teams past third place? I am not a fan of that.

z – we’ll try and get it fixed. In the short-term, you can leave “Commit mode” and see regular results with the toggle in the upper right.

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