Would have loved to see Caeleb Dressel’s 800 Free Relay splits. Have to give credit to him for making the swimming world think he was leading off. For some reason, I doubt he was a lone wolf. 

Speaking of wolves, NC State, hunting in a pack of four, ate defending Champion Texas’ lunch. All three swimmers that swam on this relay last year swam faster — much faster. Throw in Greek Olympian Vazaios and you’ve got yourself an NCAA Record in 6:06. 

How important is it to keep your two 100’s as balanced as possible? Kind of like Nathan Adrian trying to get his two 50’s closer together in the 100 — this is how these races are normally won. Who went out the fastest in the 200 Free at Women’s NCAA’s? Did she win? 

NC State 800 Free Relay Splits:

Ryan Held: +3.43
43.97/47.40 = 1:31.37

Andreas Vazaios: +3.13
44.55/47.68 = 1:32.23

Justin Ress: +3.06
44.60/47.66 = 1:32.26

Soren Dahl: +2.73
43.97/46.70 = 1:30.67

Other fast 800 Free Relay splits broken down by 100 including differential:

Reed Malone, USC (relay start)
45.46/47.29 = 1:32.75
+1.83

Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida (relay start)
45.07/47.66 = 1:32.73
+2.59

Cameron Craig, Arizona State (flat start)
44.91/47.76 = 1:32.67
+2.85

Blake Pieroni, Indiana (flat start)
43.96/46.91 = 1:30.87
+2.95

Dean Ferris, Harvard (relay start)
44.09/47.22 = 1:31.31
+3.13

Dylan Carter, USC (flat start)
43.79/47.16 = 1:30.95
+3.37

Mark Szarnek, Florida (relay start)
44.04/47.42 = 1:31.46
+3.38

Max Rooney, Florida (relay start)
44.45/48.22 = 1:32.67
+3.77

Michael Jensen, Cal (relay start)
44.27/48.32 = 1:32.59
+4.05

Jack Conger, Texas (flat start)
43.74/47.80 = 1:31.54
+4.06

Townley Haas, Texas (relay start)
43.01/47.41 = 1:30.46
+4.40

Ryan Murphy, Cal (relay start)
43.75/48.33 = 1:32.08
+4.58

Andrew Seliskar, Cal (relay start)
43.47/48.11 = 1:31.58
+4.64

Full Results Here.