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
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Live Results
- Thursday Morning Heat Sheet
NC State missed the A final of the 400 medley relay while swimming an alternate lineup and gaining almost two seconds. Cal very nearly missed the final as well while swimming without Olympic champ Ryan Murphy.
NC State switched up its lineup pretty dramatically from ACCs. Olympian Ryan Held didn’t swim that relay at the conference level, and is probably most valuable on the other four relays at this poing. At ACCs, it was Soeren Dahl who anchored, and this morning was Justin Ress. Their splits were pretty comparable, but the team gained six tenths switching in Hennessey Stuart for Andreas Vazaios on backstroke and 1.2 seconds subbing Coleman Stewart for Ress on fly.
Here’s a splits comparison for NC State between the two meets:
|Andreas Vazaios||45.32||45.91||Hennessey Stuart|
|Derek Hren||51.91||51.84||Derek Hren|
|Justin Ress||45.38||46.58||Coleman Stewart|
|Soeren Dahl||41.95||41.90||Justin Ress|
The Wolfpack wound up gaining about 1.7 seconds from their seed time and fading to 12th. Their ACC time would have taken 7th this morning.
Cal got 8th, sneaking into the final on a DQ to Alabama. The Golden Bears were sitting 9th after all heats finished, but a DQ to Alabama’s fly leg bumped the Bears in. Alabama had qualified 6th in 3:04.35.
The Golden Bears didn’t swim stud backstroker Ryan Murphy on the relay, instead going with new addition Quah Zheng Wen. That decision cost the team up to 2.8 seconds as Quah split 46.25 and the Bears went 3:04.95. On the plus side, now that the DQ averted a disaster, Cal is only about two seconds behind top qualifier Missouri with plenty of time to drop tonight from an outside lane.