NC State will likely move in Coleman Stewart on their 400 free relay after going the fastest time in history in the prelims.
Indiana leads a brutally-close team battle, and also has several event title contenders tonight: among them Ian Finnerty (pictured) in the 100 breast and Blake Pieroni in the 200 free.
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.
NCAA Messieurs 2018 jour 1 : Blake Pieroni tacle Townley Haas et lui souffle son record sur 200 yards
C’était une performance presque insolite, réalisée par Blake Pieroni, un étudiant en dernière année de l’Indiana University, au départ du relais quatre fois 200 yards ce mercredi, premier jour des NCAA 2018.
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.
One year ago, Townley Haas put up the fastest 200 free split in history. His Texas Longhorns start their quest for an NCAA team title four-peat tonight, but they’ll face a loaded 800 free relay field.
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.
The 4 fastest men in history, led by Townley Haas in the all-time rankings, will face off at the Men’s NCAA Championships.
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.
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.
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.
Caeleb Dressel and the Florida Gators come in as the top seed in the 200 medley relay.
The NC State Wolfpack will look to finally reach the top of the podium in the 200 free relay.
Last season, the crowd was on its feet as Florida’s Caeleb Dressel came as close as he could possibly get to becoming the first man ever to break 40 in the 100 yard freestyle.