After announcing that NC State was disqualified for an early take-off, NCAA officials announced that the call was appealed and overturned. That moves the NC State back into the A final with the fastest time of the morning. Their official time this morning was 1:15.79, which is just ahead of the second seed, USC at 1:15.85.
They will be the favorite to win the final tonight. They were still faster at the ACC Championships, with three of their four swimmers splitting under 19 seconds. All four of their relay members are capable of dipping under 19 seconds.
Prior to the new ruling, Stanford was sitting in eighth place with their time of 1:17.03. They will now be the fastest seeded team in the A final. The other team that will be hurt by NC State’s appeal is Indiana. The Hoosiers qualified in 16th with a time of 18.08. With NC State added back in, Indiana will be bumped out of scoring position into the first alternate spot.