2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
- McAuley Aquatic Center – Atlanta, GA
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday prelins & finals, Friday/Saturday prelims /Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live results
When Townley Haas swam a 1:30.52 on Wednesday for the fastest 800 free relay split in history, the wheels started turning on the possibility that he could go after Simon Burnett’s legendary flat-start record of 1:31.20.
Little did anyone suspect at that time that Haas would not only demolish Burnett’s record (as just a freshman), but he’d be even faster on his flat start than his relay start, and two days later into the four-day meet. That’s not how swimming is supposed to work.
But Haas managed to do just that, and MySwimPro posted a video of the swim on their Twitter account.
— MySwimPro (@MySwimPro) March 25, 2016
As reported by Morgan Priestley:
A comparison of the splits:
Simon Burnett (2006, Atlanta): 21.28, 44.44 [23.16], 1:07.53 [23.09], 1:31.20 [23.67]
Townley Haas (2016, Atlanta): 20.90, 43.61 [22.71], 1:06.92 [23.31], 1:30.46 [23.54]
Impressively, that swim was actually under Haas’ record split from Wednesday night when he was completely fresh. Doubly impressive: Haas is just a freshman, and has three more years to dip under the 1:30 barrier.