UPDATE: I predict that Tom Dolan's NCAA, American and US Open record in the 400 IM will fall tonight (3/24) to Ryan Lochte. He's just qualified 2nd for the finals.
Not much time to post details, but NCAA men's swimming began today and the records, they are a fallin'. Peter Vanderkaay of Michigan wiped Tom Dolan's eleven-year-old American Record in the 500 freestyle off the board, clocking in at 4:08.60.
Next, if you'll recall one of my few recent posts, I predicted that Ryan Lochte would bring it in the NCAA championship meets. Here's the headliner:
Men's NCAA Div I. Championships, Finals: Ryan Lochte Destroys Phelps' American Record in the 200 Individual Medley -- March 23, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. March 23. THE 200 IM figured to be an exciting race …and it lived up to expectations.
Actually, it was two races in one: Ryan Lochte vs. Michael Phelps’ American record (1:41.30); and the rest of the superb field battling for second place.
Lochte was ahead of Phelps’ pace the entire way as Phelps, a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan cheered him on.
At the end of the fly, Lochte’s margin was a scant 3-hundredths of a second, 22.19 to 22.22. But he moved well ahead of Phelps’ pace on the backstroke with an incredible backstroke split of 24.25. Turning at the halfway mark, he was 99-hundredths of a second up on Phelps.
But the breaststroke is Lochte’s weak stroke, while Phelps has a strong breaststroke.
No matter. The Florida senior extended his margin to 1.12 seconds with a 29.81 second split. Did I say that was his “weak” stroke?
With the packed crowd cheering him on, Lochte powered home in 24.30 to clock an amazing 1:40.55, destroying Phelps’ American record and his own NCAA mark (1:41.71), set last year.
In the other race, Arizona’s Adam Ritter clocked 1:44.20 to lead four swimmers with 1:44s to the wall. Auburn’s Eric Shanteau and James Wike were third and fourth while Arizona’s Dave Rollins was fifth. Lochte’s Florida teammate, freshman Brad Alley, finished sixth.
My first, second and third responses on reading this were not posting-rules compliant, so to quote Peter Boyle: Holy crap. Eight-tenths of a second over Michael Phelps...that's something to tell your grandkids about.
Then, not to make too boring a night of it, Lochte does this:
Men's NCAA Div I. Championships, Finals: Arizona Triumphs in the 400 Medley Relay as Lochte Notches His Second American Record of the Night -- March 23, 2006
So, all in a night's work: destroy Michael Phelps' 200 IM record, then destroy Neil Walker's 100 backstroke record leading off the 400 medley relay.
That is all. If this doesn't give you goosebumps, nothing in swimming ever will.