2017 Men’s ACC Championships Day 3 Finals: Ryan Held, Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville Relay Set ACC Records

Photo Courtesy: Todd Kirkland, theACC.com

The third night of finals at the 2017 men’s ACC championships in Atlanta featured a trio of conference records broken as NC State’s Ryan Held won his second event of the meet in the 100 fly and Louisville broke two records in an upset win in the 400 medley relay.

With one day to go, NC State leads with 855.5, almost 80 points ahead of Louisville (778.5). Virginia Tech is holding down third with 614, but Notre Dame is lurking with 611. Florida State stands fifth with 524 points.

400 IM

Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen won his third-consecutive conference title in the 400 IM, pulling away from the field on the backstroke and eventually winning by more than two seconds. He finished in 3:38.43, moving to No. 4 in the country and breaking the ACC meet record of 3:39.33 set by Gal Nevo in 2009. Owen was just off Nevo’s ACC Record of 3:38.00, also from 2009.

North Carolina’s Henry Campbell finished second for the second time at the meet, touching in 3:40.88 in the 500. As he did yesterday in the 500 free, Campbell qualified first with a huge time drop in prelims before finishing second at night.

North Carolina put a a second swimmer on the podium as Michael Meyer touched third in 3:42.05. Meyer was well ahead of Louisville freshman Etay Gurevich, who touched fourth in 3:44.76.

NC State’s Anton Ipsen, the 500 free champion, finished in a blistering 24.45 but could not quite catch Gurevich, finishing in 3:44.77. Also swimming in the A-final were Louisville’s Keegan Foulke (3:46.86), NC State’s Adam Linker (3:47.45) and Virginia Tech’s Zachary Switzer (3:50.98).

Event 9  Men 400 Yard IM
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 3:38.00  3/27/2009 Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech
     ACC Meet: & 3:39.33  2/27/2009 Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech
         Pool: * 3:35.82  3/24/2016 Josh Prenot, California-PC
         NCAA: # 3:34.50  3/28/2014 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
     American: @ 3:34.50  3/28/2014 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
   U. S. Open: ! 3:34.50  3/28/2014 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
                 3:40.75  A
                 3:45.61  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 3:54.49  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Owen, Robert     SR VT                3:43.22    3:38.43&A       32  
    r:+0.76  23.31        49.92 (26.61)
        1:17.21 (27.29)     1:43.91 (26.70)
        2:14.73 (30.82)     2:46.36 (31.63)
        3:12.72 (26.36)     3:38.43 (25.71)
  2 Campbell, Henry  JR UNC               3:42.25    3:40.88 IV16    28  
    r:+0.64  23.40        49.85 (26.45)
        1:18.27 (28.42)     1:46.06 (27.79)
        2:16.45 (30.39)     2:48.19 (31.74)
        3:14.72 (26.53)     3:40.88 (26.16)
  3 Meyer, Michael   SR UNC               3:44.24    3:42.05 IV16    27  
    r:+0.70  24.17        51.68 (27.51)
        1:20.78 (29.10)     1:48.63 (27.85)
        2:19.55 (30.92)     2:50.71 (31.16)
        3:17.14 (26.43)     3:42.05 (24.91)
  4 Gurevich, Etay   FR Louisville        3:43.93    3:44.76 IV16    26  
    r:+0.67  23.32        50.42 (27.10)
        1:19.62 (29.20)     1:49.38 (29.76)
        2:19.57 (30.19)     2:51.20 (31.63)
        3:18.47 (27.27)     3:44.76 (26.29)
  5 Ipsen, Anton Oe  JR NCSU              3:44.97    3:44.77 IV16    25  
    r:+0.70  24.58        52.33 (27.75)
        1:21.75 (29.42)     1:50.27 (28.52)
        2:21.99 (31.72)     2:53.92 (31.93)
        3:20.32 (26.40)     3:44.77 (24.45)
  6 Foulke, Keegan   FR Louisville        3:46.54    3:46.86 B       24  
    r:+0.72  24.72        52.65 (27.93)
        1:21.82 (29.17)     1:51.13 (29.31)
        2:22.73 (31.60)     2:54.17 (31.44)
        3:20.62 (26.45)     3:46.86 (26.24)
  7 Linker, Adam     SR NCSU              3:46.55    3:47.45 B       23  
    r:+0.75  25.20        53.51 (28.31)
        1:23.90 (30.39)     1:52.89 (28.99)
        2:24.84 (31.95)     2:56.99 (32.15)
        3:22.52 (25.53)     3:47.45 (24.93)
  8 Switzer, Zachar  SR VT                3:47.03    3:50.98 B       22  
    r:+0.67  24.00        52.62 (28.62)
        1:22.16 (29.54)     1:51.30 (29.14)
        2:23.15 (31.85)     2:55.58 (32.43)
        3:23.30 (27.72)     3:50.98 (27.68)

100 fly

NC State’s Ryan Held won his second race of the meet when he picked up the conference title in the 100 fly. As he did in the 50 free a day earlier, Held blasted his start and underwaters and quickly pulled away from the field, eventually finishing in 44.79, the fourth-fastest time in the country this season. Held now ranks tenth all-time in the event.

Joining Held on the podium were Louisville’s Josh Quallen, who finished in 45.56, and Held’s NC State teammate Andreas Vazaios, who touched in 45.81.

Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka took fourth in 46.19, and NC State got another swimmer into the final as Coleman Stewart took fifth in 46.28. Two of Quallen’s Louisville teammates, Zach Harting (46.53) and David Boland (46.64), took sixth and seventh, respectively, and Virginia’s Bryce Keblish finished eighth in 46.70.

Event 10  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 44.79  3/1/2017  Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.79  3/1/2017  Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
         Pool: * 43.84  12/5/2016 Tom Shields, Cal
         NCAA: # 44.01  3/25/2016 Joseph Schooling, Texas-ST
     American: @ 44.18  3/27/2009 Austin Staab, Stanford
   U. S. Open: ! 44.01  3/25/2016 Joseph Schooling, Texas-ST
                 45.73  A
                 46.44  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 48.49  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Held, Ryan       JR NCSU                45.61      44.79%A       32  
    r:+0.64  20.41        44.79 (24.38)
  2 Quallen, Joshua  SR Louisville          45.81      45.56 A       28  
    r:+0.70  21.15        45.56 (24.41)
  3 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NCSU                45.99      45.81 IV16    27  
    r:+0.68  21.23        45.81 (24.58)
  4 Plaschka, Justi  JR Notre Dame          46.05      46.19 IV16    26  
    r:+0.62  21.35        46.19 (24.84)
  5 Stewart, Colema  FR NCSU                46.80      46.28 IV16    25  
    r:+0.65  21.25        46.28 (25.03)
  6 Harting, Zach    SO Louisville          46.42      46.53 B       24  
    r:+0.66  21.59        46.53 (24.94)
  7 Boland, David    SR Louisville          46.62      46.64 B       23  
    r:+0.63  21.97        46.64 (24.67)
  8 Keblish, Bryce   SO UVA                 46.58      46.70 B       22  
    r:+0.66  21.53        46.70 (25.17)

200 free

NC State won a second-straight event—and an eighth in nine tries during the meet—as Soren Dahl held off Louisville’s Trevor Carroll to win the 200 free. Dahl touched in 1:32.74, while Carroll finished second in 1:33.10. That duo improved to seventh and eighth in the country, respectively.

The points continued pouring in for the Wolfpack as Justin Ress touched third in 1:33.31, well ahead of UNC’s Jorden Merrilees, who grabbed fourth in 1:34.18

Louisville’s Mattias Lindenbauer finished fifth in 1:34.24, three tenths ahead of Georgia Tech’s Rodrigo Castro (1:34.54). Also swimming in the final were Notre Dame’s Reed Fujan (1:35.09) and Virginia Tech’s Norbert Szabo (1:35.54).

Event 11  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:32.02  3/23/2016 Simonas Bilis, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 1:32.45  2/26/2010 Scot Robison, Virginia   -VA
         Pool: * 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
         NCAA: # 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
     American: @ 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
   U. S. Open: ! 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
                 1:33.34  A
                 1:34.67  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 1:37.99  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Dahl, Soren      SR NCSU              1:32.94    1:32.74 A       32  
    r:+0.75  21.72        45.20 (23.48)
        1:08.68 (23.48)     1:32.74 (24.06)
  2 Carroll, Trevor  SR Louisville        1:33.84    1:33.10 A       28  
    r:+0.65  22.01        45.52 (23.51)
        1:09.14 (23.62)     1:33.10 (23.96)
  3 Ress, Justin     SO NCSU              1:33.48    1:33.31 A       27  
    r:+0.66  21.49        45.69 (24.20)
        1:09.46 (23.77)     1:33.31 (23.85)
  4 Merrilees, Jord  SR UNC               1:34.40    1:34.18 IV16    26  
    r:+0.71  21.89        45.35 (23.46)
        1:09.44 (24.09)     1:34.18 (24.74)
  5 Lindenbauer, Ma  SR Louisville        1:34.59    1:34.24 IV16    25  
    r:+0.66  22.10        45.96 (23.86)
        1:10.28 (24.32)     1:34.24 (23.96)
  6 Correia, Rodrig  SO GT                1:34.18    1:34.52 IV16    24  
    r:+0.65  21.60        45.83 (24.23)
        1:10.00 (24.17)     1:34.52 (24.52)
  7 Fujan, Reed      SR Notre Dame        1:34.95    1:35.09 B       23  
    r:+0.59  21.83        45.69 (23.86)
        1:09.99 (24.30)     1:35.09 (25.10)
  8 Szabo, Norbert   SO VT                1:34.86    1:35.54 B       22  
    r:+0.66  21.92        45.84 (23.92)
        1:10.27 (24.43)     1:35.54 (25.27)

100 breast

Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala used a blistering 27.37 final 50 to pass Duke’s Peter Kropp and win the conference title. Fiala finished in 51.51, while Kropp, who set a new ACC record with his prelims time of 51.46, faded to second in 51.88.

Kropp had to work hard on the last 25 to hold off a hard-charging Carlos Claverie, but the Louisville junior had to settle for third place as he touched in 52.05. Notre Dame’s Trent Jackson touched fourth in 52.25, and NC State’s Derek Hren, the 2016 ACC champion in the event, finished fifth in 52.43.

Duke’s Dylan Payne (52.82), Georgia Tech’s Moises Loschi (52.91) and UNC’s Craig Emslie (53.19) finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 51.46  3/1/2017  Peter Kropp, Duke-NC
     ACC Meet: & 51.46  3/1/2017  Peter Kropp, Duke-NC
         Pool: * 51.29  3/25/2016 Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri-MV
         NCAA: # 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
     American: @ 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
   U. S. Open: ! 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
                 51.93  A
                 52.92  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 55.39  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Fiala, Brandon   SR VT                  51.50      51.51 A       32  
    r:+0.62  24.14        51.51 (27.37)
  2 Kropp, Peter     SR Duke                51.46      51.88 A       28  
    r:+0.61  23.81        51.88 (28.07)
  3 Claverie, Carlo  JR Louisville          52.47      52.05 IV16    27  
    r:+0.69  24.37        52.05 (27.68)
  4 Jackson, Trent   SR Notre Dame          52.44      52.25 IV16    26  
    r:+0.68  24.52        52.25 (27.73)
  5 Hren, Derek      SR NCSU                52.77      52.43 IV16    25  
    r:+0.63  24.96        52.43 (27.47)
  6 Payne, Dylan     SR Duke                52.69      52.82 IV16    24  
    r:+0.62  24.62        52.82 (28.20)
  7 Loschi, Moises   JR GT                  52.96      52.91 IV16    23  
    r:+0.61  24.92        52.91 (27.99)
  8 Emslie, Craig    JR UNC                 52.73      53.19 B       22  
    r:+0.73  24.46        53.19 (28.73)

100 back

Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich overcame the strong start and excellent underwaters of Virginia freshman Joe Clark to win his third straight ACC title in the event since Louisville joined the conference for the 2014-15 season. Tarasevich touched in 45.25, the sixth-fastest time in the country and just under his own meet record-time of 45.28. His conference record is just one one-hundredth faster at 45.24.

Clark took second in 45.63, and NC State freshman Coleman Stewart picked up his first individual conference podium finish with a third-place time of 45.99. And in other huge event for the Wolfpack, Andreas Schiellerup finished fourth in 46.19, and Hennessey Stuart took fifth in 46.46.

Pitt’s Henrique Machado touched sixth in 46.65, followed by Notre Dame’s Robert Whitacre (46.90) and Florida State’s Connor Kalisz (46.93).

Event 13  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 45.24  3/24/2016 Grigory Tarasevich, LOU-KY
     ACC Meet: & 45.28  2/26/2016 Grigory Tarasevich, LOU-KY
         Pool: * 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         NCAA: # 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
     American: @ 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
   U. S. Open: ! 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
                 45.37  A
                 46.51  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 48.49  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Tarasevich, Gri  SR Louisville          45.52      45.25&A       32  
    r:+0.55  21.82        45.25 (23.43)
  2 Clark, Joseph    FR UVA                 45.86      45.63 IV16    28  
    r:+0.56  21.69        45.63 (23.94)
  3 Stewart, Colema  FR NCSU                46.18      45.99 IV16    27  
    r:+0.73  22.17        45.99 (23.82)
  4 Schiellerup, An  SR NCSU                45.98      46.19 IV16    26  
    r:+0.61  22.24        46.19 (23.95)
  5 Stuart, Henness  JR NCSU                46.21      46.46 IV16    25  
    r:+0.55  22.41        46.46 (24.05)
  6 Machado, Henriq  SR PITT                46.58      46.65 B       24  
    r:+0.66  22.44        46.65 (24.21)
  7 Whitacre, Rober  JR Notre Dame          46.53      46.90 B       23  
    r:+0.57  22.52        46.90 (24.38)
  8 Kalisz, Connor   JR FSU                 46.76      46.93 B       22  
    r:+0.72  22.34        46.93 (24.59)

400 medley relay

NC State won the meet’s first three relays, but the Louisville Cardinals upset the Wolfpack in the longer medley relay to wrap up the evening. Louisville’s team of Grigory Tarasevich (45.11), Carlos Claverie (51.88), Josh Quallen (45.29) and Trevor Carroll (42.16) came in at 3:04.44, just ahead of NC State’s Andreas Vazaios (45.23), Derek Hren (51.91), Justin Res (45.38) and Soren Dahl (41.95), who finished in 3:04.56.

Louisville’s time of 3:04.44 was a new ACC record, clipping the 3:04.47 set by Florida State in 2014, and Tarasevich’s 45.11 leadoff split broke his own ACC record of 45.24 from last season. The Wolfpack and Dahl made a run at it, but Dahl did not have quite enough to catch up with Carroll.

Georgia Tech put toether a strong team of Rodrigo Correia (45.65), Moises Loschi (52.69), Ben Southern (46.02) and Noah Harasz (43.50) to take third in 3:07.86. Rounding out the top eight were Notre Dame (3:07.99), Virginia (3:08.32), Florida State (3:08.52), Duke (3:08.92) and Virginia Tech (3:09.01).

Event 14  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 3:04.47  2/28/2014 Florida State University, Florida St.
                          P Sankovich, J Pike, D Knight, P Murray
     ACC Meet: & 3:04.47  2/28/2014 Florida State University, Florida St.
                          P Sankovich, J Pike, D Knight, P Murray
         Pool: * 3:00.68  3/24/2016 Texas, Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
         NCAA: # 3:00.68  3/24/2016 Texas, Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
     American: @ 3:01.60  3/26/2015 California, Calif
                          R Murphy, C Katis, J Lynch, S Stubblefield
   U. S. Open: ! 3:00.68  3/24/2016 Texas, Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
                 3:07.75  A
                 3:09.68  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Louisville                    3:08.91    3:04.44%A       64  
     1) Tarasevich, Grigory SR        2) r:0.13 Claverie, Carlos JR   
     3) r:0.16 Quallen, Joshua SR     4) r:0.26 Carroll, Trevor SR    
    r:+0.57  22.22        45.11 (45.11)
        1:09.07 (23.96)     1:36.99 (51.88)
        1:57.77 (20.78)     2:22.28 (45.29)
        2:42.31 (20.03)     3:04.44 (42.16)
  2 NCSU                          3:08.17    3:04.56 A       56  
     1) Vazaios, Andreas JR           2) r:0.12 Hren, Derek SR        
     3) r:0.17 Ress, Justin SO        4) r:0.26 Dahl, Soren SR        
    r:+0.61  21.84        45.32 (45.32)
        1:09.26 (23.94)     1:37.23 (51.91)
        1:57.76 (20.53)     2:22.61 (45.38)
        2:42.63 (20.02)     3:04.56 (41.95)
  3 GT                            3:10.91    3:07.86 B       54  
     1) Correia, Rodrigo SO           2) r:0.29 Loschi, Moises JR     
     3) r:0.03 Southern, Benjamin SR  4) r:0.05 Harasz, Noah JR       
    r:+0.56  21.90        45.65 (45.65)
        1:10.46 (24.81)     1:38.34 (52.69)
        1:59.38 (21.04)     2:24.36 (46.02)
        2:44.72 (20.36)     3:07.86 (43.50)
  4 Notre Dame                    3:11.15    3:07.99 B       52  
     1) Whitacre, Robert JR           2) r:0.14 Jackson, Trent SR     
     3) r:0.18 Plaschka, Justin JR    4) r:0.09 Speers, Daniel SO     
    r:+0.67  22.54        46.56 (46.56)
        1:11.52 (24.96)     1:38.59 (52.03)
        1:59.65 (21.06)     2:24.95 (46.36)
        2:44.77 (19.82)     3:07.99 (43.04)
  5 UVA                           3:09.41    3:08.32 B       50  
     1) Clark, Joseph FR              2) r:0.17 Albracht, Anthony SO  
     3) r:-0.02 Keblish, Bryce SO     4) r:0.23 Whiteside, John FR    
    r:+0.61  22.34        46.21 (46.21)
        1:10.71 (24.50)     1:39.61 (53.40)
        2:00.92 (21.31)     2:25.85 (46.24)
        2:45.87 (20.02)     3:08.32 (42.47)
  6 FSU                           3:10.56    3:08.52 B       48  
     1) Kalisz, Connor JR             2) r:0.30 Coombs, Jason SR      
     3) r:0.35 Pisani, William SO     4) r:0.31 McCormick, Jason SR   
    r:+0.85  22.49        46.87 (46.87)
        1:11.19 (24.32)     1:39.63 (52.76)
        2:00.62 (20.99)     2:25.85 (46.22)
        2:45.66 (19.81)     3:08.52 (42.67)
  7 Duke                          3:11.10    3:08.92 B       46  
     1) St George, Maximilian SO      2) r:-0.02 Kropp, Peter SR      
     3) r:0.01 Miller, Patrick SR     4) r:0.07 Tate, Sean SO         
    r:+0.62  22.29        46.81 (46.81)
        1:10.72 (23.91)     1:39.00 (52.19)
        2:00.07 (21.07)     2:25.08 (46.08)
        2:45.75 (20.67)     3:08.92 (43.84)
  8 VT                            3:14.11    3:09.01 B       44  
     1) Owen, Robert SR               2) r:0.18 Fiala, Brandon SR     
     3) r:0.14 Pierce, Harrison JR    4) r:0.09 Ho, Ian SO            
    r:+0.57  22.82        47.07 (47.07)
        1:10.81 (23.74)     1:38.71 (51.64)
        1:59.82 (21.11)     2:25.32 (46.61)
        2:45.62 (20.30)     3:09.01 (43.69)
  9 PITT                          3:16.85    3:10.57         40  
     1) Machado, Henrique SR          2) r:0.34 Larson, Gabriel SR    
     3) r:0.29 Vorster, Eben FR       4) r:-0.01 Lovasik, Brian SO    
    r:+0.54  22.64        46.86 (46.86)
        1:11.15 (24.29)     1:39.82 (52.96)
        2:01.65 (21.83)     2:27.18 (47.36)
        2:47.75 (20.57)     3:10.57 (43.39)
 10 UNC                           3:14.20    3:11.14         34  
     1) Merrilees, Jorden SR          2) r:0.34 Emslie, Craig JR      
     3) r:0.24 Meyer, Michael SR      4) r:0.43 Brocato, Gregory FR   
    r:+0.59  22.73        47.62 (47.62)
        1:12.02 (24.40)     1:40.27 (52.65)
        2:01.94 (21.67)     2:27.11 (46.84)
        2:47.81 (20.70)     3:11.14 (44.03)
 11 BC                            3:20.55    3:19.16         32  
     1) Chamness, Conor SR            2) r:0.24 Kleinsmith, Charles SO
     3) r:0.30 Cortens, Taylor SO     4) r:0.30 Richardson, Anthony SR
    r:+0.54  23.90        50.08 (50.08)
        1:15.78 (25.70)     1:45.53 (55.45)
        2:08.09 (22.56)     2:34.26 (48.73)
        2:55.58 (21.32)     3:19.16 (44.90)

Team scores after session:

  1. North Carolina State 855.5
  2. Louisville 778.5
  3. Virginia Tech 614
  4. Notre Dame 611
  5. Florida State 524
  6. Virginia 463
  7. North Carolina 450
  8. Duke 419
  9. Pittsburgh 374
  10. Georgia Tech 362
  11. Boston College 130
  12. Miami 76

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