The Texas men, who are vying for their third straight national swimming and diving title, broke an American record Wednesday to kick off the NCAA meet in Indianapolis.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team finished second to North Carolina State. Both the Wolfpack and Longhorns were faster than the American record, which was set by Texas back in 2009. But because N.C. State’s relay had a foreign-born swimmer, Texas was given the American record. N.C. State settled for the NCAA and U.S. Open record.
The American record in the 800 free relay stays with Texas and merely switches hands. Congrats Jeff, Clark, Townley and Jack! pic.twitter.com/si8XCYtYvfAdvertisement
— Texas Men's Swimming & Diving (@TexasMSD) March 22, 2017
Longhorn sophomore Townley Haas, an Olympian who anchored the relay, swam his leg in 1 minute, 30.42 seconds. It was the fastest split ever in an 800 free relay.
That 1:30.42 by Haas is the fastest 200 split ever, 0.10s faster than his split last year in this relay.
— SwimSwam Live (@SwimSwamLive) March 22, 2017
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