With yesterday’s NCAA announcement about the inclusion of the 100 IM in competition next year, it seems college swimming fever has re-awoken – if only briefly – for a summer spell.
That makes it perfect timing for this video to surface, which features two of the best sprinting programs in the nation going head to head in a relay after a joint training session.
Several members of the NC State Wolfpack have been in Austin, Texas this week, training with the reigning NCAA champion Texas Longhorns.
And after one of those joint practices, the two programs upped the ante, throwing down a post-practice, head-to-head 4×50 free relay with major bragging rights on the line.
We’ve got video of the race, which you can find above, courtesy of PackSwimAndDive on YouTube.
If you’ll recall, NC State qualified first out of heats in the short course version of this relay at the NCAA Championships back in March. They survived a prelims DQ scare after an appeal overturned a false start, then went on to blow out the field at finals – only to be slapped with another false start.
That moved the second-place finishers into gold medal position, and they were – you guessed it – the Texas Longhorns.
This video rematches the two teams in the long course variant of the event, and it’s equally entertaining.
The two programs swim to a deadlock, both touching in 1:29.8. Below is each program’s roster for the relay:
Texas: Matt Ellis, John Murray, Jack Conger, Joseph Schooling
NC State: Joe Bonk, Ryan Held, Soren Dahl, Simonas Bilis
There’s some turnover since NCAAs for both teams. Texas swaps out NCAA anchor Kip Darmody, now graduated, for rising Singapore star Joseph Schooling. NC State, meanwhile, shuffles its order and swaps out two legs. Graduated David Williams gives way to incoming Virginia Tech transfer Joe Bonk, and Andreas Schiellerup yields to Soren Dahl.
We’ve got splits on the NC State swimmers, with Bilis leading the way in a 21.9 anchor leg, forcing the tie. Bonk led off in 22.7, rising sophomore Held was 22.4 and Dahl was 22.7.