2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Live Results
In just two years since the NCAA moved the 800 free relay to a stand-alone Wednesday night event, we’ve seen eight different relays surpass what was previously the fastest time in history.
That former American Record stood for seven years, from 2009 until last year, before it was demolished by a crowd of schools. The 2009 Texas Longhorns were 6:10.16. That relay included Olympians David Walters and Ricky Berens, along with Scott Jostes and Michael Klueh, swimming at the height of the supersuit era. The combination of that legendary lineup and the new rules banning bodysuits kept that record untouched until 2014, when Michigan blew past it with a US Open record 6:09.85 at Big Tens.
Last year, the first year the NCAA moved the 800 free relay to opening night, three different teams smashed through the 6:10 barrier: Texas, NC State and Florida. Texas lowered the NCAA and U.S. Open records with a 6:08.03.
This year, four more teams got under 6:10, including NC State, which smashed Texas’s record with a 6:06.53. A record that stood for years unchallenged has now been improved by three and a half seconds in just two seasons. Joining NC State were Texas (which broke its own American record from second), Florida and California.
Individual splits have gone through the roof, too. In 2015, USC won the national title with two 1:32s, a 1:34 and a 1:31. That season, only two men split 1:31.
This year, the entire event yielded a whopping 6 1:31s and an incredible 4 1:30s, including two on leadoff legs.
The corollary to the rapid 800 free relay improvement is the huge breakthroughs in the individual 200 free. That event is shaping up to be the race of the meet, especially after most of the top contenders came up huge in tonight’s relay. Here’s a quick look at some of the top seeds and how they fared on relays tonight:
Top 8 200 Free Seeds – Relay Performance
- Dean Farris, Harvard – Split 1:31.31
- Cameron Craig, Arizona State – Leadoff 1:32.67
- Blake Pieroni, Indiana – Leadoff 1:30.87
- Dylan Carter, USC – Leadoff 1:30.95
- Townley Haas, Texas – Split 1:30.42
- Maxime Rooney, Florida – Split 1:32.67
- Soeren Dahl, NC State – Split 1:30.67
- Trevor Carroll, Louisville – 1:33.46