2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Defending champion: Texas (3x) (results)
- Psych Sheet
- Live results
- Championship Central
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Finals, All Prelims on BTN2GO; Friday/Saturday Finals on WatchESPN
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.
RELAY SPLITS COMPARISON: NC STATE 2017 VS. NC STATE 2018
|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|