Buckle up for what promises to be a thrilling last sesssion of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
18.00? Down. 43.00? Down. 40.00? This morning, Caeleb Dressel takes aim at the 40-second barrier as he heads up both the 100 free and Florida’s 400 free relay.
Cal’s Andrew Seliskar swam to a lifetime best in prelims of the 200 breast, qualifying 2nd only to Indiana’s Ian Finnerty.
We started with five viable NCAA contenders, and although the meet isn’t over ’til it’s over, we’re effectively down to three contenders, barring any miracles. Let’s take a look at day 4 scoring chances for Indiana, Texas and Cal.
Indiana’s Ian Finnerty might have the best second-25 in swimming. He powered away from the field over that lap and carried his speed through to the first sub-50 in breaststroking history at 49.69.
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.
Watch Ian Finnerty race to a 49.69 100 breast on the third night of the 2018 Men’s NCAA 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.
Carsten Vissering threw down the fastest 50 breast relay split in history, en route to USC earning the 200 medley relay tonight at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
Finnerty smashed his lifetime best to win the 100 breast, clocking in at 49.69.
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.
Finnerty’s swim makes him the 3rd fastest performer of all time, moving ahead of Texas’ Will Licon, who won NCAAs last season.
Ian Finnerty hitting his taper is the best news Indiana swimming & diving has gotten this week.
Some amazing swims have us rethinking what’s possible the rest of the week at the 2018 Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.