2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Live Results
- Thursday Morning Heat Sheet
In a morning full of crazy swims, Florida junior Caeleb Dressel dropped one of the fastest 100 free relay splits ever, going a 40.56 to anchor the Gators to a 5th place finish in prelims.
While we know for sure that Dressel himself (40.20), Nathan Adrian (40.23), and Vladimir Morozov (40.28) have all been faster, there aren’t too many swimmers, if any, who gone between those 40.2s and Dressel’s time from this morning.
But that certainly wasn’t the only fast split from this morning. Texas sophomore John Shebat led off with a blistering 44.82, which appears to make him the 10th-fastest man ever in the 100 backstroke. Shebat was the only man under 45 this morning, as Cal opted to rest Ryan Murphy, a move that almost cost them a spot in the A-final.
Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl blasted a 50.66 breaststroke split, which should set him up well for a battle in the individual 100 breast tomorrow. Louisville’s Carlos Claverie split 51.02 and Texas’s Will Licon split 51.38, so for now it looks like the Tiger senior may have the edge, although we’ll have to see what Licon specifically has in store for tonight.
Andrew Sansoucie of Missouri and Indiana’s Vini Lanza were both under 45 seconds on the butterfly leg this morning, going 44.56 and 4.85, respectively and leading their teams to top three finishes in prelims. Tomorrow they’ll face a stacked 100 fly field that will include Jack Conger, Caeleb Dressel, and Ryan Held, none of whom swam fly this morning, and NCAA record holder Joe Schooling, who looked very relaxed with a 45.41 split.
Other impressive free splits this morning belonged to Stanford’s Sam Perry, whose 41.22 kept the Cardinal in the A-final, Missouri’s Michael Chadwick, the only man besides Dressel to dip under 41 (40.93), and Indiana’s Blake Pieroni (41.11).
Top Splits By Stroke, 400 Medley Relay Prelims:
The top swimmer in each stroke this morning combined for a theoretical 3:00.62, just a hair faster than the actual U.S. Open of 3:00.68, set by Texas last year, and a mark that the Longhorns will certainly be seeking to lower again this evening.