2018 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Defending champion: Texas (3x) (results)
- Psych Sheet
- Live results
- Championship Central
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Finals, All Prelims on BTN2GO; Friday/Saturday Finals on WatchESPN
Losing Jack Conger and Clark Smith on the 800 free relay may not have been as big of a deal as it appeared it would be. While the Longhorns did slip to 3rd place this year, with NC State repeating as champions and once again swimming the fastest time ever, and Indiana coming in 2nd, the Texas men were actually faster tonight in their 3rd place effort than they were last year.
Tonight’s time of 6:07.59 by Townley Haas, Jeff Newkirk, Jonathan Roberts, and Austin Katz broke the American Record that Texas set at last year‘s NCAAs in their 2nd-place effort by over a second.
Jack Conger – 1:31.54
Jeff Newkirk – 1:33.25
Clark Smith – 1:33.40
Townley Haas – 1:30.42
Townley Haas – 1:30.41
Jeff Newkirk – 1:32.58
Jonathan Roberts – 1:32.36
Austin Katz – 1:32.24
While they may have faded one spot back in the standings, tonight’s effort seems to bode well for Texas, as each swimmer on the relay set a new personal best. While Haas lost out to Blake Pieroni in his quest to become the first man to break 1:30, his leadoff time was faster than either of his individual times the past two years, when he won the individual 200 free championship. Newkirk was just a hair faster than he was at last year’s Big 12 Championships, Roberts broke 1:33 for the first time, and Katz was over a second and a half faster than he was at last December’s Texas Hall of Fame Invite.
Tonight, NC State and Indiana both had swimmers who represent other countries internationally, meaning they were ineligible to set the American Record, while all four of the Texas men are eligible to represent the United States, including Haas, who earned a gold medal in 2016 as part of the USA’s 4×200 free relay.