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

2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

 

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Friuti

Surprisingly Held swam a very consistent 200 as opposed to last year where he very much flied and died. Bodes very well for his 100 free I think.

Sccoach

Wow big improvement from Ress. He’s going to be scary the rest of the meet

DRESSEL IS GOD

He’s been scary this whole year. Watch out next year with Dressel gone

Teddy

After sitting out and watching that barrier get broken tonight you can bet dressel is ready to go

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