NC State broke their own U.S. Open, NCAA, and American Records in the 400 free relay tonight to close out the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
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.
NC State will likely move in Coleman Stewart on their 400 free relay after going the fastest time in history in the prelims.
NC State broke all the records, becoming the first team to get below 2:45 in the 400 free relay in this morning’s prelims of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships.
Despite Injury, Ress Swims to #11 All-Time While Pieroni Moves to #7; Dressel Swims 4th Fastest Time in History
Despite having to scratch out of the 200 free on Friday due to an injury, NC State’s Justin Ress really stepped up for the Wolfpack this morning.
Heat sheets for Saturday morning’s last prelims session at the 2018 NCAA Championships show only a handful of scratches and Justin Ress still entered in the 100 free despite a back injury.
NC State’s Justin Ress was a declared false start in this morning’s 200 free prelims, but SwimSwam has confirmed that his absence was due to an injury.
Where does Florida coach Gregg Troy use versatile sprint weapon Caeleb Dressel on tonight’s 200 medley relay?
Ian Finnerty hitting his taper is the best news Indiana swimming & diving has gotten this week.
Since he opted out of this event, Ress will likely swim all 5 relays for the Wolfpack at this meet.
NC State wasn’t able to get their 2nd relay victory of the meet, but they did set a new American Record in their 2nd place finish in the 200 free relay.
A pair of Florida Gators will look to defend their 2017 national titles. Caeleb Dressel is the headliner – the do-everything star will try to win his fourth-straight NCAA 50 free title and challenge his own American record of 18.20.
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.
That split marked Dressel’s 6th time breaking 18 on a relay.
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.