NC State Posts Blistering 6:05.3 for NCAA Record in 800 Free Relay


The 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships are underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the first night of competition did not disappoint. Tonight’s session was a quick one, with only the 800 free relays being contested, but there was plenty of fast swimming. NC State posted a blistering 6:05.31 to crack the NCAA Record and win the title.

Indiana’s Blake Pieroni scorched a 1:29.63 to take the early lead, while NC State’s Andreas Vazaios had the Wolfpack in 3rd. Vazaios’ 1:31.32 split makes him the 8th fastest man in history. NC State started to reel Indiana in as Ryan Held took the 2nd leg in 1:31.09, followed by Jacob Molacek‘s 1:32.13 on the 3rd leg. Justin Ress has a big anchor leg for NC State, bringing it home in 1:30.77 to seal the deal.

The former NCAA Record stood as a 6:06.53 done by NC State at the 2017 NCAA Meet. At that same meet, Texas set the American Record as they finished 2nd in 6:08.61. The Longhorns finished 3rd tonight in 6:07.59, re-breaking that record.


Team 1st 200 Split 2nd 200 Split 3rd 200 Split 4th 200 Split Final Time
NC State (NCAA) Andreas Vazaios– 1:31.21 Ryan Held– 1:31.09 Jacob Molacek– 1:32.13 Justin Ress– 1:30.77 6:05.31
NC State (2017) Ryan Held– 1:31.37 Andreas Vazaios– 1:32.23 Justin Ress– 1:32.26 Soeren Dahl- 1:30.67 6:06.53
Texas (American Record) Townley Haas- 1:30.41 Jeff Newkirk- 1:32.58 Jonathan Roberts- 1:32.36 Austin Katz- 1:32.24 6:07.59


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New School Grinder
4 years ago

Zach Apple split a sneaky 1:30.74 at the end for Auburn. No one seemed to notice since they got 17th.

4 years ago

What in the heck happened to Auburn? They had a great anchor of 1:30.7 and finish 17th?

4 years ago

Molacek definitely has to be the MVP of this relay. Came to NC State with a best time of 1:35.12, swam during his gap year last season. Splitting a 1:32.1 is phenomenal and shows just how much improvement he has had since getting to Raleigh. All four boys did fantastic, but that end result is not possible without Molacek busting through the door in such a big way in the 200.

4 years ago

Where was Florida the predicted winner??

4 years ago

How’d that swim by Hugo compare to expectations? Curious if he’s off SEC times or not.

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Wethorn
4 years ago

He was faster from a flat start here than he was on the anchor at SECs

4 years ago

Hats off to NC STATE they are an amazing team and program. Lead by amazing coaches. The heir apparent to Coach Reese is Coach Holloway. WELL DONE.

4 years ago

Rooney and Szaranek had no drop from SECs. Gators could drop to fifth or sixth if some of there swimmers missed taper. A 1:33 won’t even A final for Rooney this year probably not even top ten. Overall though looks like this could shape up to be an exciting meet with something to look forward to on the last day with a tight race 1-3.

4 years ago

Top 4 all had major records:
1. NC State — Fastest 800 Free relay time in history
2. Indiana — Fastest individual flat start 200 Free time in history by Pieroni
3. Texas – broke its own American record, as NC State and Indiana each had non-Americans on their
4. Florida — Coach Greg Troy set and all time record for depressing swim blog fandom by not having Caeleb on the Florida squad! The still managed a fine 6:09.52 without him, 0:04.21 back from NC State’s winning/record finish. But since we are, after all, talking internet trolling and speculation here, had Dressel been substituted for Florida’s slowest leg (former USA Swimming 200 LCM Free… Read more »

Reply to  Dunc1952
4 years ago

Florida woulda won. I think caeleb would’ve done something similar to the IM race at secs and destroyed 1:30 barrier not just break it.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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