Night 1 Rapid Recap with Garrett McCaffrey and Morgan Priestley from the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship.
The first night of the 2013 NCAA Championships will give out the meet’s first official points (no more psych sheet points, no more seeded points, no more prelims points, these are actual and bona fied points). We’ll see finals in the 200 free relay, the 500 free, the 200 IM, the 50 free, 1-meter diving, and the 400 medley relay.
Vlad Morozov from USC lit up the morning session putting up some of the fastest relay splits we’ve ever seen. In his individual 50, he wasn’t quite as impressive yet, but that hasn’t stopped any sort of buzz about a potential sub-40 relay split in the 100, or a sub-18 relay split in the 50. Morozov will come out for three rounds of action, and if he hits them, this could go down as one of the all-time most impressive single days in swimming history.
Then there’s the story of the team battle. Michigan will almost certainly lead after the first day of the meet, but the Cal men get better as the meet goes on. Anything less than a 30-point advantage for the Wolverines will start to bring some nerves into play.