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.
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.
Tonight, it was DeVine on top as he became the 2nd fastest 400 IMer in history.
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.
Andrew Seliskar leads the way in the fastest 400 IM preliminary in history.
Tonight, it was Florida’s Jan Switkowski taking over, as he put up a 1:39.54 to become the 3rd fastest performer ever. Behind him, NC State’s Vazaios also broke 1:40 in 1:39.97 to become #4.
NC State’s dominant victory tonight, coupled with numerous fast splits, continued the 200 yard freestyle progression we’ve seen over the couple of years.
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.
Florida senior Mark Szaranek will be looking to win the 200 IM title outright after winning tying for the victory last year, but he’ll have to deal with Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez and the rest of a very strong field.
Joseph Schooling will be looking to recapture the 200 fly NCAA title crown in his senior year.
In a field laden with seniors, freshmen Brandonn Almeida and Hugo Gonzalez have a shot at the podium.
Bentz hadn’t yet earned an NCAA individual invite before Sunday’s swim.
One of the big questions after Caeleb Dressel’s outstanding showing at the SEC meet surrounds his NCAA schedule.
Caeleb Dressel will look for more history tonight in the final of the men’s 100 breast.
After finishing 8th in the men’s 400 IM last night, Gunnar Bentz, coming off of a broken collar bone for majority of the season, placed 5th in this mornings prelims of the 200 fly.