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
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- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
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- Thursday Morning Heat Sheet
Will Licon of Texas became the second man ever to split under 50 seconds in a 100 breaststroke, while teammate Joseph Schooling was 43.60 for one of the fastest fly legs on record and John Shebat moved to #4 all-time in the 100 back in the same relay.
Licon’s split was 49.75, coming within two tenths of the 49.56 put up by Kevin Cordes back in 2013. Cordes’ time is believed to be the fastest breaststroke split in history, and we haven’t found record of any other swimmer breaking 50 seconds on a relay split.
Schooling was just off his split of 43.34 from last year, believed to be the fastest butterfly split in history. Schooling was 43.60 on his leg.
And Shebat pushed American record-holder Ryan Murphy on the leadoff leg, going 44.58 in the 100 back. That moves to #4 all-time, displacing Ryan Lochte. The only swimmers in history faster than Shebat now are Murphy (43.49), Nick Thoman (44.07) and Matt Grevers (44.49).
Texas set a U.S. Open record in the event along with an NCAA record at 2:59.22.
A few other notable medley relay splits from around the NCAA:
- Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri – 50.22 breaststroke
- Michael Chadwick, Missouri – 40.72 free
- Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 44.33 fly
- Matt Josa, Cal – 44.59 fly