Pieroni, NC State and Texas Shatter Records on First Night of NCAAs
By USA Swimming | Thursday, March 22, 2018
Olympian and U.S. National Team member Blake Pieroni of Indiana University set the meet, NCAA, American and U.S. Open records in the men’s 200-yard freestyle, leading off the Hoosiers’ 800 free relay Wednesday at the NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. His time was 1:29.63, making him the first swimmer to break the 1:30 barrier.
The Hoosiers finished second in the relay behind North Carolina State University, which set a meet, NCAA and U.S. Open record in 6:05.31. Wolf Pack swimmers were Andreas Vazaios, Olympian and National Team member Ryan Held, Jacob Molacek and Justin Ress.
Pieroni, Mohamed Samy, Vini Lanza and Ian Finnerty touched in 6:06.01, which was also under the former NCAA and U.S. Open record it 6:06.53.
Texas finished third in 6:07.59, the team of Olympian and National Team member Townley Haas, Jeff Newkirk, Jonathan Roberts and Austin Katz setting an American record in 6:07.59.