The race once again went to Dressel. He made history as the first man to break 43, clocking in at 42.80 to dominate the race.
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.
Dressel put up a 44.3 this morning, while Lanza took off with a lifetime best 44.6.
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.
That split marked Dressel’s 6th time breaking 18 on a relay.
As we tick down the days to the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
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.
There’s not much doubt that Caeleb Dressel will complete the four-year sweep of the 50 free this week, but a historically strong field means that some sub-19 sprinters are going to get left out of the A-final.
Dressel has the 100 breast, fly and free records, not to mention the 50 free and 200 IM. Is that enough to claim the title, Greatest Yards Swimmer of All-Time?
Joseph Schooling will be looking to recapture the 200 fly NCAA title crown in his senior year.