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

2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMERS: 200 FREE

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

ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMANCES: 200 FREE

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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Det
3 years ago

Interview plz

Joel Lin
Reply to  Det
3 years ago

RIDUNKULOUS

Swimfish87
3 years ago

Please post a video I must see this!

Phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Swimfish87
3 years ago
Joel Lin
Reply to  Phelps swims 200 breast rio
3 years ago

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

Bon Jovi
3 years ago

imagine when DEAN does it

USA
Reply to  Bon Jovi
3 years ago

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

Stankgal
Reply to  Bon Jovi
3 years ago

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

Monday Morning Grind
Reply to  Stankgal
10 months ago

Oh my goodness the irony

A$AP Pocky
3 years ago

i am currently VOMITING

DCSWIM
Reply to  A$AP Pocky
3 years ago

I felt the same way broseph

Swammer
3 years ago

You completely forgot about Seliskar’s 1:31.28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DresselFan6
3 years ago

Meh. Dressel could go sub-29 if he trained a few months for it. Look for 200 Fr to be one of his 8 Tokyo golds.

Jacob
Reply to  DresselFan6
3 years ago

What other events do you propose will make up the 8 events?

DRESSEL IS GOD
Reply to  Jacob
3 years ago

1. 200 IM
2. 100 free
3. 50 free
4. 400 free relay
5. 400 medley relay
6. 400 mixed medley relay
7. 100 fly

2 unlikely but possible 8th and 9th golds:
200 free (very unlikely)
800 free relay (more likely, maybe prelims though)

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  DRESSEL IS GOD
3 years ago

There’s basically no chance he can do the 200 IM, 50 Free, and 100 fly all in the same night.

Michael
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
3 years ago

Idk I mean Phelps seemed to manage handling the 100 fly and 200 IM double just fine and all you’re adding on is a semi final in the 50 free before hand. And it’s also just a semi final of the 100 fly as well. Lochte, Franklin, and Couglin have all had success with multiple events by having good race management skills. I’ve seen people doubt what dressel could do so many times in the past on this website from him choosing Florida to Greg having him swim Breaststroke to people questioning all his events at Worlds in 2017. At this point, if there’s an event and dressels in it at a high level or world class meet I’m going… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  Michael
3 years ago

Phelps swam 400IMs and probably could have gone lower end of the 3.40s 400fr at peak. He was a different athlete with an endurance background Dressel lacks. I’d also argue Phelps competed in a less competitive era depth wise – Looking at times which make finals etc.

Michael
Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

Again, Dressel managed his schedule at worlds just fine in 2017. He even commented on the difference he felt doing a big international meet like worlds where you only swim one-two times a day versus a meet like NCAA’s where you are swimming lights outs every time multiple times a day. Furthermore, Dressel won’t have to contend with multiple 400 IM’s or multiple 200’s (outside of the 200 IM if he chooses to pick it up). Also, by the time the 100 fly, 200 IM combo had come around, phelps had already done the 400 IM twice, the 100 Free on a relay once, the 200 Free 4 times, the 200 IM twice (prelims and semi finals), the 100 fly… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  Michael
3 years ago

Very fair points, I hadn’t thought about the schedule.

The other caveat I’d out on this – Currently, one or two individual golds look as likely as four. He isn’t (yet) miles ckear the pack in any event (I’d argue). The 50 Free is a toss-up at the best if times, but he is really very evenly matched with a peak Fratus, and Proud. Morozov will throw his hat in and new athletes will appear (Juraszek perhaps). 100 Free he was immensely dominant last year, but it was minus the teenage Olympic Champion who is a real unknown still (somehow). He may never go faster than his 47.58 at 18, but he could also very feasibly go eye-poppingly quick and… Read more »

Silent Observer
Reply to  DRESSEL IS GOD
3 years ago

With Michael Andrew coming onto the senior scene, I believe Dressel will steer clear of the 50 internationally. Especially if Adrian keeps being as clutch as he is.

Bogo
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

I’m sorry what? why would the best swimmer in the world at the quickest race give it up when he is 6 tenths clear of michael andrew and can clearly back up races? i don’t feel as though dressel is exactly shaking in his boots at the thought of michael andrew’s 50 freestyle….

Lpman
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

Worst comment ever. Congrats

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

Lol….

flipturn
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

Wouldn’t exactly call 10th place at Worlds “clutch” either…

96swim
Reply to  Jacob
3 years ago

5 relays with the addition of the mixed one would all be possibilities and he’d have a shot a 50/100/200 free, 200IM and 100 fly. That’s 10 events where he could have a realistic shot at gold. Unlikely to be able to swim all ten much less gold in 10, but 8 isn’t wildly unrealistic given what he’s done in last year

pvdh
Reply to  DresselFan6
3 years ago

he probably could, but that doesnt take away from what Blake just did

Coach John
Reply to  DresselFan6
3 years ago

5 individual events and he’s in MP territory… nice to have those mixed relays though.

Sqimgod
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

More like 9. MP could’ve swam and won 100/200/400 fr. 100/200 fly 100/200 back. 200/400 IM at his peak.

m1tchplease
3 years ago

…I think I have to go shower after watching that.

DRESSEL IS GOD
Reply to  m1tchplease
3 years ago

The dirtiest, nastiest thing

CraigH
Reply to  m1tchplease
3 years ago

Dirty undies.

swim6847
3 years ago

I believe Andrew Seliskar’s relay leadoff tonight was fast enough to be on the all time top performers list

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