Indiana’s Blake Pieroni Smashes 200 Free American Record in 1:29.63


The 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships are underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota and though there was only one event tonight, there was plenty of fast swimming to go around. The 800 free relay featured 5 of the 10 fastest 200 yard freestylers in history coming into the meet as they competed for their respective teams. 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. He’s now the fastest performer in history, breaking Townley Haas‘ NCAA and American Record.

  • Pieroni’s Splits by 50: 20.89/22.64/22.92/23.18
  • Pieroni’s Splits by 100: 43.53/46.10

Tonight’s stacked field included included Texas’ Haas (formerly #1), Indiana’s Pieroni (formerly #2), USC’s Dylan Carter (#3), Harvard’s Dean Farris (#4),and NC State’s Ryan Held (#7), though not all of them swam the leadoff leg and Carter and Farris was in a different heat. Haas swam to a new best time as well, clipping his former best down to a 1:30.41. NC State’s 1:31.32 leadoff leg from Andreas Vazaios makes him the 8th fastest performer ever, so he now joins them on the all-time list. Cal’s Andrew Seliskar is the 7th fastest after leading off in a 1:31.28 for Cal.


Place Swimmer Time
1 Blake Pieroni 1:29.63
2 Townley Haas 1:30.41
3 Dylan Carter 1:30.95
4 Dean Farris 1:31.12
5 Simon Burnett 1:31.20
6 Andrew Seliskar 1:31.28
7 Ricky Berens 1:31.31
8 Andreas Vazaios 1:31.32
9 Ryan Held 1:31.37
10 Joao De Lucca 1:31.51


Place Swimmer Time
1 Blake Pieroni 1:29.63
2 Townley Haas 1:30.41
3 Townley Haas 1:30.46
4 Townley Haas 1:30.65
5 Blake Pieroni 1:30.87
6 Dylan Carter 1:30.95
7 Dean Farris 1:31.12
8 Blake Pieroni 1:31.14
9 Blake Pieroni 1:31.16 (T-9)
10 Dylan Carter 1:31.16 (T-9)

The Wolfpack eventually caught up to Indiana, smashing the NCAA Record as the Hoosiers took 2nd. Behind them, Texas broke their own American Record for 3rd place.

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2 years ago

Interview plz

Joel Lin
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2 years ago

Please post a video I must see this!

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2 years ago

Thanks for posting. That was an incredible relay all around.

Bon Jovi
2 years ago

imagine when DEAN does it

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2 years ago

He’s not going to, at least not this year.

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2 years ago

Dean will be 1:29.5 or everyone can down vote me every post I do!!!!!

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