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Olivia Jack Posts 1:00.5 to Win Tight 100 Breast at Ithaca Sectionals Penn State recruit Olivia Jack got her hand on the wall first at 1:00.58, followed by 16 year old Katherine Douglass at 1:00.62, and Virginia recruit Kaki Christensen coming in 3rd at 1:00.65.
Whitney Hite Won't Return as Wisconsin's Head Coach Whitney Hite will not return as the University of Wisconsin swimming and diving coach next season, the school confirmed on Saturday. That means that this week's NCAA Championships will be his last as the program's head coach, ending a 7-year run with the program.
Nicolas Albiero Breaks Own 200 Fly National Age Group Record He's been on all five of Louisville's relays, dropped time in the 100 back yesterday en route to a 6th-place finish, and this morning, shaved 0.04s off his 200 fly time to break his own National Age Group Record that he set at ACCs in February. Here's a comparison of Albiero's splits from today and ACCs:.
NC State Breaks 2:45, Sets U.S. Open Record in 400 Free Relay Prelims This is NC State's 2nd U.S. Open and 2nd American Record of the meet. The Wolfpack opened up the competition Wednesday night with the fastest time ever in the 800 free relay, and finished 2nd in the 200 free relay Thursday with an American Record.
2018 NCAA Men's Championships: Day 4 Up/Downs and Scoring Projection Adding projected prelims points to real scores as of yesterday gives Indiana a small 1 points advantage over Texas. They lead 426 to 425. Cal are lurking in 3rd with 404.5. These projections are missing the mile and diving which don't have prelims / haven't completed yet.
Dressel Anchors Prelims Relay in 40.15 for Fastest Relay Split Ever Day 4 prelims of the Men's NCAA Championships concluded with the 400 free relay, where sprint ace Caeleb Dressel of Florida was once again a crucial part of his squad. The Gators were well behind going into the anchor leg, but Dressel stepped up to run down the field with his 40.15 split, giving them the heat win.
Reagan Smith Sets 100 Back 15-16 NAG in Akron Sectionals Prelims This morning at the Akron Sectionals, Riptide's Regan Smith set a new 15-16 National Age Group record in the 100 back. Smith dropped 0.02 seconds off her seed time this morning, splitting in 25.07/26.21 for a 51.28. Her previous best of 51.30 came at the 2017 USA Swimming College Challenge, where she split a virtually the same 25.07/26.23.
Vazaios Lands #7 All-Time with 1:39.6 200 Fly NC State's Andreas Vazaios was the fastest man through prelims of the 200 fly. Vazaios broke 1:40 for the first time this morning, clocking in at 1:39.68. That took a full second off his former best 1:40.77 from last season's NCAA meet. Vazaios' performance moves him up to #7 on the all-time top performers list, just 3 hundredths behind U.S.
Seliskar Moves to #9 All-Time with 1:51.1 200 Breast Cal's Andrew Seliskar swam to a lifetime best in prelims of the 200 breast, qualifying 2nd only to Indiana's Ian Finnerty. Seliskar, the Pac-12 champion, put up a 1:51.17 this morning to move to #9 on the all-time top performers list. He clipped his former best of 1:51.30 by a tenth.
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Despite Injury, Ress Swims to #10 All-Time with 41.3 100 Free; Dressel Swims 4th Fastest Time in History Despite having to scratch out of the 200 free on Friday due to an injury, NC State's Justin Ress really stepped up for the Wolfpack this morning. Ress, who has been dealing with a back injury, cut 4 tenths from his best time this morning to qualify 4th for the 100 free final.
Santo Condorelli Post-Race Interview on USC's NCAA Relay Title USC went 1:21.82, getting the fastest breaststroke split in recorded history from Carsten Vissering at 22.56. Robert Glinta was 21.15 on back, Dylan Carter 19.60 on fly and Santo Condorelli 18.49 on free. Carter's split was the best fly split in the field.
2018 Men's NCAA Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap It's been the most thrilling NCAA Championships in a long time, and it all ends today. The meet has essentially narrowed from five teams down to three, and those three will set themselves up to win or lose the meet through their scoring opportunities earned this morning.
Steele Johnson wins 3m Diving Title on Broken Foot To make things more dramatic, Johnson actually changed his final dive from the board to grab a higher degree of difficulty to overcome what was a solid lead from Zeng. Indiana's Michael Hixon was third, with teammate James Connor 6th and Andrew Capobianco 8th.
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'I can't feel the water on my fingers anymore' An extremely interesting article here on Zwemza, on when and why Ian Thorpe decided quit and on what he thinks we should to for our athletes. Read Zwemza.
USC-Commit Alexei Sancov Cracks 1:33 in 200 Free at Austin Sectionals - Day 2 Sancov, 18, is now the #3 17-18 performer of all-time. Colorado Springs' Kyle Leach took second in 1:36.95, followed by Michael Lincoln's 1:37.74. Highlands Ranch's Natalie Arky went 54.17 to win the 100 back. In second was Pike Peak's Meredith Rees in 54.28, followed by El Paso's Miriam Guevara in 54.37.
Regan Smith Swims 51.6 100 Fly at Akron Sectionals - Day 2 Day two of the 2018 Central Zone Sectionals in Akron, Ohio, featured finals for the women's and men's 200 free, 100 fly, 400 IM, and 400 free relay. 22-year-old Alisabeth Marsteller, a Princeton grad, kicked off the night with a win in the 200 free, going 1:48.59.
Caeleb Dressel Delivers Blast Of Butterfly With Blades For Wings Then A Nod To Nesty There was a very real and heartening moment of truth and perspective on the third day of NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. I'm not talking the crackling 42.80 in which Caeleb Dressel thumped the rest over 100 s/c yards butterfly after turning in 19.99.
College Recruits Dominate 400 IM at Phoenix Sectionals Day 2 On the 2nd day of competition at the Four Corners Sectional, Breeja Larson continued to look pretty good. Tonight only featured 2 individual events, the 200 free and 400 IM. Olympic Gold Medalist Breeja Larson won the women's 200 free by over 1.5 seconds, posting a 1:47.37.
Caeleb Dressel 42.8 100 Fly Post-Race Interview Caeleb Dressel has the best burst in swimming, and he showed it, going out in 19.99 and finishing in 42.80 to become the first man ever under 43. That's the second major barrier he's broken this week, and he gets a chance at #3 tomorrow in the 100 free.
Ress Still Entered In 100 Free, Very Few Scratches For Day 4 Prelims Heat sheets for Saturday morning's last prelims session at the 2018 NCAA Championships show only a handful of scratches and Justin Ress still entered in the 100 free despite a back injury. Ress is still listed in the 100 free, where he's the 7th seed.
Townley Haas on 1:29.5 200 Free National Title: "It means everything" Texas's Townley Haas wanted that American record back, apparently. The junior flew through the individual 200 free, going out in a blistering 43.12 to break Pieroni's two-day-old American record with a 1:29.50.
Watch: All of Dressel's Records Through Day 3 of 2018 NCAAs in HD We know swim fans everywhere have been dying for high quality videos of Caeleb Dressel breaking record after record, and ESPN has been kind enough to oblige. You can watch below to see Dressel smash barriers in the 50 free and the 100 fly. Originally reported by Jared Anderson.
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