The world’s #1 sprinter Caeleb Dressel is taking on some events that some may say are his ‘off’ events, but we all know that they’re more like his ‘slightly less good’ events.
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.
That split marked Dressel’s 6th time breaking 18 on a relay.
Harvard has opted out of today’s 400 medley relay prelims, meaning swimming fans won’t get to see Dean Farris swim a 100 back at this meet.
Indiana’s Blake Pieroni moved up all the way up to the top in the all-time rankings as the leadoff member of his squad, clocking in at 1:29.63 to become the first man ever to break 1:30.
We hadn’t even seen the last heat of the 800 free relay yet, but heads were already turning after Harvard’s Dean Farris blasted a 1:30.5 split on the 2nd leg in heat 2.
The 4 fastest men in history, led by Townley Haas in the all-time rankings, will face off at the Men’s NCAA Championships.
While NC State and Texas are 2 of the top teams battling for the title tonight, the Florida Gators are bringing in a team that could be hard to beat.
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.
Holding the third-best time in the country this year, Harvard sophomore Dean Farris did not enter the 100 back, electing not to take on a brutal double with his top-seeded 200 free.
The Indiana men repeated as Big Ten champions for the first time since 1985.
Cole Buese is one of the Princeton men competing for tonight’s 200 fly title.
After dropping a very fast 1:31.51 split on Indiana’s 800 freestyle relay Wednesday night, Blake Pieroni followed up with an even more impressive 1:31.14 in the 200 freestyle Friday night.
After putting up a blistering 1:30.69 split on the 800 free relay, Farris hit a new best time in the individual 200 free.