NC State broke all the records, becoming the first team to get below 2:45 in the 400 free relay in this morning’s prelims of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships.
We try to put record-breaking swims by Dressel and Finnerty into context, along with some other thoughts from the third day of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
Friday night will feature finals for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay.
Five teams are within 16 and a half points of one another for the NCAA crown at the moment, with today’s meet-high 7-event prelims session holding perhaps the most valuable key to securing a team championship.
NC State wasn’t able to get their 2nd relay victory of the meet, but they did set a new American Record in their 2nd place finish in the 200 free relay.
Cal could swap Justin Lynch to fly on the 400 medley relay, throwing in Ryan Hoffer or Michael Jensen as they seek to run down Indiana for the NCAA title.
As we tick down the days to the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
The 2018 NCAA Championships should culminate in duel between NC State and Texas that could see the 2:45 mark broken in the 400 free relay.
6 different programs have season-best composite times that add up within a second of one another in an event that could turn the tides of the entire meet.
There are several men in contention for the title. Four of them are Longhorns. Austin Katz is the top seed, but Harvard’s Dean Farris has also been sub-1:39 this season.
Caeleb Dressel and the Florida Gators come in as the top seed in the 200 medley relay.
The NCAA Men’s D1 Swimming & Diving Championships begin tomorrow night with the opening 800 free relay, as the top collegiate men in D1 will compete this week in Minneapolis, MN.
The NC State Wolfpack will look to finally reach the top of the podium in the 200 free relay.
A fully healthy and on-form Shebat would be a slight favorite to win this race, but with questions looming about his injury, it brings him back to the field.
Schooling, the Olympic 100 fly champion, is the top seed heading into the meet with a 44.78 from midseason. Dressel clearly hasn’t shown all of his cards yet since he swapped this event for the 100 breast at SECs, but if his performances in his other events and his fly speed in the 200 IM are any indication, we could be in for something special.