2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Central Time)
- Defending champion: Texas (3x) (results)
- Psych Sheet
- Championship Central
- Event-by-Event Previews
- Team Power Rankings: Final Edition
- Live Stream
- Live Results
After a spirited effort from his relatively small-but-talented crew, Indiana coach Ray Looze was named CSCAA Coach of the Year for 2018 men’s NCAAs.
Looze’s team far outperformed expectations, ranking 5th in our Power Ranks before the meet but carrying the points lead for Thursday and Saturday before ultimately finishing 3rd.
IU won both breaststrokes, courtesy of Ian Finnerty, who broke the American record with the first sub-50-second breaststroke in history. He came back to win the 200 in a nailbiter. (IU has now swept both the men’s and women’s breaststroke titles after Lilly King‘s swims last week).
IU also opened the meet with the first American record of the week when Blake Pieroni led off the 800 free relay in 1:29.63, the first sub-1:30 swim in history.
Finnerty and Pieroni joined Mohamed Samy and Vini Lanza to win the 400 medley relay in 3:01.07, besting a crowd of tough programs. IU finished 3rd with just 9 individual scorers.
Johansen Wins Diving Coach of the Year
Indiana swept the coaches of the year, with Drew Johansen being named Diving Coach of the Year. His diving crew accrued 98 points, including a 1-meter title from Michael Hixon. Hixon was also 3rd on 3-meter. James Connor was 3rd on 1-meter and 5th on 3-meter, while Andrew Capobianco took 11th on 1-meter, 8th on 3-meter and 3rd on Platform.