After blasting a lifetime-best 1:46.07 this morning in prelims to break Andrew Wilson’s NCAA Division III record in the 200 IM, junior Jackson Lindell took another slice off the mark with a 1:46.00 in finals.
Lindell went out like a rocket, getting a leg up on Johns Hopkins’ Evan Holder who tends to have a stronger second half. Lindell was .34 faster in his butterfly than in the morning, and while it kept him in front of Holder, it may have taken just a bit out of the rest of his race. He finished the next three 50s just a tick off his morning pace.
It was an exciting finish. Holder pulled even with Lindell at the breast-to-free wall and the two barreled down the last 50 yards together. Lindell accelerated flags-to-wall and ended up ahead of his morning time.
Prior to 2016 NCAAs Lindell’s previous personal best was the 1:47.93 he achieved at the Miami University Invitational in December 2015.
Here are comparative splits of Wilson’s 2015 NCAA record and Lindell’s two 2016 NCAA records:
|Lindell, 3/2016 f||Lindell, 3/2016 p||Wilson, 3/2015|