In a shocking runaway of votes, SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly picked Caeleb Dressel’s 17.63 in the 50 free as the most impressive swim of men’s NCAAs. That that swim won the poll isn’t a surprise, but the winning margin might be. More than three-quarters of votes went to Dressel’s 50 – in fact, that event tallied ten times more votes than any of the other four events on the ballot.
Hear the top quotes from the media scrum at the 2018 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Hugo Gonzalez missed a pair of A-finals in the 200 & 400 IM after coming in as the #1 seed.
The 2018 men’s championships wrapped up last night so now it’s time to look at individual performances.
Townley Haas led the way for the Longhorns with two individual event victories, as they won their fourth-straight team title.
We started with five viable NCAA contenders, and although the meet isn’t over ’til it’s over, we’re effectively down to three contenders, barring any miracles. Let’s take a look at day 4 scoring chances for Indiana, Texas and Cal.
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.
Texas’s Townley Haas wanted that American record back, apparently. The junior flew through the individual 200 free, breaking the two-day-old American record with a 1:29.50.
We try to put record-breaking swims by Dressel and Finnerty into context, along with some other thoughts from the third day of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
The 200 free final at the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships was much anticipated after Indiana’s Blake Pieroni cracked the 1:30 barrier in the 800 free relay. But tonight, Haas reclaimed the record, winning the title in 1:29.50. That took nearly a full second off his best time.
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.
Haas surged home in 23.94 to hang on for the win, his second NCAA 500 free title in three years.
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.
2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24 Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center –…