The men’s 100 back was anyone’s race; the difference between the top and eighth seed was a mere 0.22 seconds.
Indiana and Ian Finnerty lead the way heading into the final day, but they’ll have to hold off hard-charging Texas and Cal tonight to seal an upset NCAA team title.
With a tight team battle in the works, Texas freshman Austin Katz came up clutch in tonight’s 200 back.
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.
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.
Ian Finnerty hitting his taper is the best news Indiana swimming & diving has gotten this week.
The only scratch with a projected scoring impact this morning is Louisville’s Nicholas Albiero in the 100 fly. He was seeded #16.
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.
Winners of the last three NCAA titles and NCAA record-holders in the 400 medley relay, the Texas Longhorns have missed the A final with a 9th-place finish at prelims of the 2018 NCAA meet.
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.