2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Live Results
In a night full of incredible splits that continued the season-long trend of redefining the meaning of “fast” in the 200 yard freestyle, Townley Haas anchored the Longhorns to a 2nd place finish in a 1:30.42 split that now stands as the fastest of all time.
That time is exactly a tenth of a second than Haas’s split in this relay last year that propelled Texas to the fastest time ever in this race.
Haas 2016: 20.41/43.36/1:06.89/1:30.52
Haas 2017: 20.20/43.01/1:06.68/1:30.42
Last year Haas’s split on this relay was an indication of what was in store for Haas the next two days: a win in the 500 free and the fastest time ever in the individual 200 free. From there, the Virginia native won the 200 free at Olympic Trials, made the finals in the individual event in Rio, and threw down a blazing split on the USA’s gold medal winning 4×200 free relay.
Haas was 2nd on last year’s relay, forming a devastating 1-2 tandem with leadoff Jack Conger as Texas set the US Open and NCAA records in the event. Tonight, Haas anchored the Texas relay, trying to run down NC State’s Soeren Dahl, who was able to hold off Haas with a 1:30.67 split en route to the Wolfpack smashing Texas’s mark from last year. Dahl’s time tonight appears to be only behind Haas and Michael Wynalda in terms of fastest splits ever.