9th-seeded Justin Ress has scratched the 200 backstroke in favor of the 100 freestyle at day 3 prelims, and he gets some instant help as 9-seed Matt McHugh has scratched the event.
Tonight brings competition in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter diving, and 400 medley relay.
NC State will look to build off their momentum from last night’s fantastic relay performance.
NC State missed the A final of the 400 medley relay while swimming an alternate lineup and gaining almost two seconds. Cal very nearly missed the final as well while swimming without Olympic champ Ryan Murphy.
This morning, South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth, teammate Akaram Mahmoud, and Michigan’s Felix Auboeck all broke 4:10, but tonight they’ll be challenged by Townley Haas and Clark Smith, who have also been sub-4:10.
NC State exceeded all expectations tonight, pulling off the upset by a landslide with a new NCAA and U.S. Open Record of 6:06.53.
Watch NC State swim a 6:06.53 800 free relay, the swiftest time ever.
In just two years since the NCAA moved the 800 free relay to a stand-alone Wednesday night event, we’ve seen eight different relays surpass what was previously the fastest time in history.
Texas will look to defend their title in tonight’s race, with 3 of Team USA’s Olympic gold medalists in the 800 free relay stepping up to the plate for the Longhorns: Townley Haas, Jack Conger, and Clark Smith.
In the middle of a lot of crazy 200s, Townley Haas split 1:30.42, the fastest time ever.
Following day 1 finals at the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships, the NC State Wolfpack leads the way after pulling off the upset in the 800 free relay.
If there was any doubt that NC State has evolved beyond just a talented sprint school, tonight eviscerated it. That’s because the Wolfpack themselves eviscerated the fastest time ever done in the 800 free relay to take an early team lead at NCAAs.
Ryan Murphy will look to lead Cal back to the top of the podium in the 200 medley relay.
Tonight’s action will feature a battle between ACC Record holder Hennessey Stuart and Championship Record holder Grigory Tarasevich in the 200 back, but Robert Owen may also challenge for the title in that event.
NC State and Louisville battled for the gold, with just .12 separating them at the finish. During the entire duration of the race, they were never separated by more than 3 tenths of a second.