NC State Breaks 2:45, Sets U.S. Open Record in 400 Free Relay Prelims

by Robert Gibbs 22

March 24th, 2018 News

2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wow, we knew NC State had a great chance of breaking the 400 free relay U.S. Open Record at some point this week, and it was knew it was increasingly likely after the Wolfpack put three men into the 100 free A-final this morning, but still, we just weren’t expecting it in prelims.  Assured of an easy route to the A-final, it would’ve been easy for NC State to cruise through prelims, but holding nothing back, the squad of Ryan Held, Jacob Molacek, Mark McGlaughlin, and Justin Ress scorched the pool for a time of 2:44.75, becoming the first team to ever break 2:45.

Swimming in lane four of the final heat of this morning’s preliminaries session, Held lead off in 41.09, becoming the 6th-fastest performer ever in that event, improving on his 41.26 time from the individual 100 free this morning, which makes the #3 seed heading into this evening’s final.

Here’s how Held now stacks up agains the all-time top performers:

Place Swimmer Time
1 Caeleb Dressel 40.00
2 Vlad Morozov 40.76
3 Cesar Cielo 40.92
4 Michael Chadwick 40.95
5 Nathan Adrian 41.08
6 Ryan Held 41.09

Molacek swam 2nd, registering a 41.07, before handing off to McGlaughlin, who kept NC State well in the lead.  Ress anchored in a blistering 40.35.  While there’s no official list of fastest relay splits, Ress’s time appears to be one of fastest ever, just behind some lightning fast splits by Nathan Adrian and Vladimir Morozov, and of course, behind Caeleb Dressel’s 40.15 just a few minutes before in the previous heat.  It is doubly noteworthy as Ress sat out yesterday’s session with a back injury.

The Texas Longhorns set the previous U.S. Open & NCAA Records in the finals of last year’s NCAA championships, where they became the first team to break the 2:46 mark.  Meanwhile, NC State put that record on notice when they broke the American Record and swam the 2nd-fastest time ever at last month’s ACC championships.

 

Here’s at look at the splits from the three fastest relays ever:

NC State 3/2018 Texas 3/2017 NC State 2/2018
Held 41.09 Ringgold 42.06 Held 41.45
Molacek 41.07 Conger 41.3 Ress 40.87
McGlaughlin 42.24 Haas 41.01 Molacek 41.71
Ress 40.35 Schooling 41.02 Stewart 41.66
Total 2:44.75 2:45.39 2:45.69

What stands out is that the Wolfpack set this morning’s mark without Coleman Stewart, who swam the 200 back earlier today, but split 41.66 last month.  Sub in his mark for McGlaughin’s, and NC State could (in)conceivably toy with breaking the 2:44 mark tonight.

This is NC State’s 2nd U.S. Open and 2nd American Record of the meet.  The Wolfpack opened up the competition Wednesday night with the fastest time ever in the 800 free relay, and finished 2nd in the 200 free relay Thursday with an American Record.

In terms of team race, NC State is probably down too many points to take the team title, but depriving Cal, Indiana, and Texas of a relay win this evening could affect the balance of power in what projects to be a very close points battle for those three teams.

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FlSwimFan
4 years ago

Bobby has made his mark as the best sprint coach in the country!

Tea rex
4 years ago

Dressel is the bomb, but look at Molacek… all 5 relay A finals, swimming 50-200 free, 50 fly, 100 br.

swammalama
4 years ago

What does NISCA mean in the results?

EATMYBUBBLES
4 years ago

BOBBY GUNTORO THE MYTH THE LEGEND
Regardless of how you feel about NC State, you have to give the coach and the swimmers some credit. They lost their head sprint coach but are able to produce these results thanks to Guntoro and the swimmers stepping up

WhaWha
Reply to  EATMYBUBBLES
4 years ago

Let get real here…you have to give credit still to DeSorbo as Guntoro was under him. He wouldn’t be able to take that hand off with out him. Also, lets see how he does when he gets his “own” swimmers and sustains the current level. No knock, but you still have to credit the teacher here.

Oldswimfan
Reply to  WhaWha
4 years ago

Jacob Molacek, Giovanni Izzo, Cobe Garcia are all new comers.
Justin Ress was not training under DeSorbo all year last season.
Ryan Held hit personal best.
Mark McGlaughlin was not a factor last year under DeSorbo.

NC State went 2:48 last year? So technically he did it with all of his ‘own’ swimmers.

WhaWha
Reply to  Oldswimfan
4 years ago

You can say technically all you want….Desorbo recruited those guys. I guarantee you that his practice schedule was correlated (kept a log book??????????????????) to Desorbo’s…. Let’s see about the coming years when he is standing on his own two feet….

swimmer
Reply to  WhaWha
4 years ago

@WHAWHA You salty about UVA only scoring 19 points under “Desorbo effect?”

Oldswimfan
4 years ago

Remember when people think DeSorbo had all the magic for NC State? It seems like he gave the magic to Guntoro when he left. Gotta give some credits to the new sprint coach. Congrats Bobby!

Bill
4 years ago

40.23 Adrian anchor in 2009 is definitely a faster split and I coulda swore Targett or Morozov was also in the 40.3 range

PNW
4 years ago

I know it sounds crazy but I think Florida has a chance to win tonight. Dressel, Switkowski, Baqlah, and Szaranek/Rooney will be pretty fast. Dressel and Switkowski could touch at 1:20 at the 200. Baqlah went 42.2 in his individual 100 so I think he could be 41 mid from a rolling start. Rooney has been two 42.0 relay starts, but my gut is telling me Szaranek with his guts and pride could be 41 mid to high

Friuti
Reply to  PNW
4 years ago

Szaranek has been on 4 relays already, so they cannot use him tonight unfortunately.

Friuti
Reply to  Friuti
4 years ago

Disregard, thought he was on the 4 medley which he was not

PNW
Reply to  Friuti
4 years ago

I don’t think they used him on 400 medley

D Swimmer
4 years ago

Vlad Morozov split 40.28 on USC winning 400 free relay in 2013, so Ress would #3.

Bill
Reply to  D Swimmer
4 years ago

Plus Adrian’s 40.2 in ’09 on the 400 Medley.

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