Tonight, it was DeVine on top as he became the 2nd fastest 400 IMer in history.
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.
Andrew Seliskar leads the way in the fastest 400 IM preliminary in history.
It’s been a night of Florida domination, with 50 frees of 17.81 and 17.63 from Caeleb Dressel, a 200 IM win from Jan Switkowski and a national title in the 200 free relay.
In a massive surge of IM performances, this year’s NCAA Championships produced 5 of the fastest 11 200 IMers 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.
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’s Seliskar and Stanford’s DeVine both broke 1:41 for the first time this morning.
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.
The NCAA Men’s D1 Swimming & Diving Championships begin tomorrow night with the opening 800 free relay, as the top collegiate men in D1 will compete this week in Minneapolis, MN.
The NC State Wolfpack will look to finally reach the top of the podium in the 200 free relay.