Just because you’re in the first heat doesn’t mean you can’t set a new national record. Williams quartet Ben Lin, Jake Tamposi, Thad Ricotta and Alexander Nanda proved that with their blistering race this morning right out of the first heat of prelims. The old NCAA record was set in 2012 by a Denison team, and the Ephs flew past like there was no tomorrow, leading nearly from start to finish. Their final time was a 3:14.84.
In what is beginning to feel like a trend, another team also slipped under the existing NCAA record, doing so from the final heat. Emory put together a 3:14.87, just .03 slower than the team from Williams.
Given that teams usually change relay squads for for finals, it’s going to be interesting to see if either group alters their lineup for tonight.
Catch the live results here. Finals begin at 7 PM EST