Men’s ACC Day Four Finals: NC State Dominates, Wins Fourth Straight Conference Title

Photo Courtesy: Sarah D. Davis/theACC.com

The NC State Wolfpack won three more individual events and one relay during the final evening of competition at the men’s ACC championships, putting the finishing touches on a fourth straight conference title.

The Wolfpack finished with 1457 points, almost 300 ahead of runner-up Louisville. NC State senior Ryan Held was named swimmer of the meet for the second straight year after winning three individual events. Held also led his team to an American record in the final event, the 400 free relay.

Full team standings:

  1. North Carolina State Universit   1457   2. Louisville, University of      1170.5
  3. Virginia, University of         983.5   4. Notre Dame, University of         941
  5. Florida State University        828.5   6. VA Tech                         688.5
  7. Duke University                   621   8. North Carolina, University of,    568
  9. Georgia Institute of Technolog    504  10. Pittsburgh, University of         324
 11. Boston College                    137  12. University of Miami (Florida)      94

Full results

1650 Free

NC State’s Anton Ipsen finished behind Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta in the 1650 free at the 2017 ACC championships, but he returned to the top of the podium this year, pulling away from Acosta and holding off a late charge from Notre Dame’s Zach Yeadon.

Ipsen touched in 14:31.21, his third win of the meet after winning the 500 free and 400 IM earlier. He broke Acosta’s ACC record of 14:33.68 and moved to No. 1 in the country this season. Yeadon finished second in 14:34.60, the No. 2 time nationally behind Ipsen.

Acosta touched third in 14:41.21, well ahead of the Virginia duo of Brendan Casey (14:50.41) and Sam Magnan (14:54.56). Magnan tied with NC State’s Eric Knowles for fifth, while Louisville’s T.C. Smith (14:55.33) and Virginia Tech’s Lane Stone (14:55.50) rounded out the top three.

Event 16  Men 1650 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 14:33.68  3/2/2017  Marcelo Acosta, Louisville-KY
     ACC Meet: & 14:33.68  3/2/2017  Marcelo Acosta, Louisville-KY
     American: @ 14:18.25  12/2/2017 Zane Grothe
         NCAA: $ 14:22.41  3/25/2017 Clark Smith, Texas
   U. S. Open: * 14:18.25  12/2/2017 Zane Grothe
  Pool Record: ^ 14:23.52  12/6/2014 Connor Jaeger, CW-MI
                 14:40.75  A
                 15:13.14  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 15:30.39  B
    Name           Year School               Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Ipsen, Anton Oe  SR NC State         14:39.05   14:31.21%A       32  
    r:+0.71  23.89        50.03 (26.14)
        1:16.33 (26.30)     1:42.64 (26.31)
        2:08.94 (26.30)     2:35.16 (26.22)
        3:01.46 (26.30)     3:27.75 (26.29)
        3:54.14 (26.39)     4:20.49 (26.35)
        4:46.68 (26.19)     5:12.91 (26.23)
        5:39.39 (26.48)     6:05.76 (26.37)
        6:32.17 (26.41)     6:58.53 (26.36)
        7:24.82 (26.29)     7:51.17 (26.35)
        8:17.61 (26.44)     8:44.26 (26.65)
        9:10.68 (26.42)     9:37.35 (26.67)
       10:03.89 (26.54)    10:30.74 (26.85)
       10:57.57 (26.83)    11:24.33 (26.76)
       11:51.27 (26.94)    12:18.18 (26.91)
       12:45.04 (26.86)    13:11.80 (26.76)
       13:38.50 (26.70)    14:05.23 (26.73)    14:31.21 (25.98)
  2 Yeadon, Zach     FR ND               14:47.18   14:34.60 A       28  
    r:+0.82  24.02        50.25 (26.23)
        1:16.74 (26.49)     1:43.31 (26.57)
        2:09.86 (26.55)     2:36.32 (26.46)
        3:02.98 (26.66)     3:29.65 (26.67)
        3:56.39 (26.74)     4:23.13 (26.74)
        4:49.83 (26.70)     5:16.55 (26.72)
        5:43.50 (26.95)     6:10.33 (26.83)
        6:37.18 (26.85)     7:03.98 (26.80)
        7:30.75 (26.77)     7:57.64 (26.89)
        8:24.43 (26.79)     8:51.16 (26.73)
        9:17.95 (26.79)     9:44.69 (26.74)
       10:11.25 (26.56)    10:37.84 (26.59)
       11:04.50 (26.66)    11:31.00 (26.50)
       11:57.55 (26.55)    12:24.02 (26.47)
       12:50.44 (26.42)    13:16.70 (26.26)
       13:43.01 (26.31)    14:09.25 (26.24)    14:34.60 (25.35)
  3 Acosta, Marcelo  JR Louisville       14:45.42   14:41.21 IV17    27  
    r:+0.72  23.86        49.96 (26.10)
        1:16.43 (26.47)     1:42.91 (26.48)
        2:09.28 (26.37)     2:35.59 (26.31)
        3:01.96 (26.37)     3:28.30 (26.34)
        3:54.78 (26.48)     4:21.48 (26.70)
        4:48.07 (26.59)     5:14.81 (26.74)
        5:41.80 (26.99)     6:08.67 (26.87)
        6:35.32 (26.65)     7:02.20 (26.88)
        7:29.05 (26.85)     7:55.94 (26.89)
        8:22.70 (26.76)     8:49.64 (26.94)
        9:16.25 (26.61)     9:42.99 (26.74)
       10:09.91 (26.92)    10:36.74 (26.83)
       11:03.59 (26.85)    11:30.52 (26.93)
       11:57.70 (27.18)    12:25.50 (27.80)
       12:52.99 (27.49)    13:20.67 (27.68)
       13:48.31 (27.64)    14:15.38 (27.07)    14:41.21 (25.83)

Men’s 200 Back

NC State’s Coleman Stewart, the winner of the 100 back Friday evening, completed the backstroke sweep as he pulled away from Notre Dame’s Rob Whitacre and his own Wolfpack teammate Hennessy Stuart. Stewart touched in 1:39.56, while Whitacre took second in 1:40.31. Stuart, who led for the first 100 yards, faded to third in 1:40.82.

Virginia’s Robby Giller took fourth in 1:41.11.followed by Louisville’s Nikkos Sofianidis (1:41.86) and Notre Dame’s Zach Montesi (1:41.95). Shortly after swimming the 1650 free, Virginia’s Brendan Casey faded to seventh (1:45.11), and Georgia Tech’s Colton Williamson took eighth (1:46.72).

Event 17  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:38.56  3/26/2016 Hennesey Stuart, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 1:39.05  3/2/2017  Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville-KY
     American: @ 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         NCAA: $ 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: * 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
  Pool Record: ^ 1:39.28  2/27/2016 Grigory Tarasevich, LOU-KY
                 1:39.66  A
                 1:41.74  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 1:46.39  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Stewart, Colema  SO NC State          1:40.65    1:39.56 A       32  
    r:+0.60  23.99        49.34 (25.35)
        1:14.48 (25.14)     1:39.56 (25.08)
  2 Whitacre, Rober  SR ND                1:40.17    1:40.31 IV17    28  
    r:+0.59  23.98        49.39 (25.41)
        1:15.25 (25.86)     1:40.31 (25.06)
  3 Stuart, Henness  SR NC State          1:40.91    1:40.82 IV17    27  
    r:+0.52  23.37        48.84 (25.47)
        1:14.90 (26.06)     1:40.82 (25.92)
  4 Giller, Robby    FR Virginia          1:41.37    1:41.11 IV17    26  
    r:+0.60  24.14        49.81 (25.67)
        1:15.47 (25.66)     1:41.11 (25.64)
  5 Sofianidis, Nik  FR Louisville        1:42.24    1:41.86 B       25  
    r:+0.59  23.97        50.06 (26.09)
        1:15.90 (25.84)     1:41.86 (25.96)
  6 Montesi, Jack    SO ND                1:42.06    1:41.95 B       24  
    r:+0.56  24.28        50.11 (25.83)
        1:15.94 (25.83)     1:41.95 (26.01)
  7 Casey, Brendan   JR Virginia          1:41.86    1:45.11 B       23  
    r:+0.62  24.49        51.41 (26.92)
        1:18.93 (27.52)     1:45.11 (26.18)
  8 Williamson, Col  JR GT                1:41.89    1:46.72         22  
    r:+0.63  24.52        50.96 (26.44)
        1:18.75 (27.79)     1:46.72 (27.97)

100 Free

With a fourth straight conference title pretty much secured already, NC State swept the top four spots in the men’s 100 free. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held finished first in 41.41, the second third-fastest mark in the country this season behind Caeleb Dressel (40.87). (Later in the evening, Texas’ Tate Jackson moved passed Held in the national rankings with his time of 41.27 at the Big 12 championships.) Held also broke his own meet record of 41.61 set last year

Justin Ress finished second in 41.86, just ahead of Jacob Molacek (41.89), times that rank sixth and seventh in the country this season, respectively. Wolfpack freshman Giovanni Izzo claimed fourth in 42.69 to complete the dominance performance. Perhaps appropriately, Wolfpack legend Cullen Jones was on hand to present awards to his three training partners.

Florida State’s Will Pisani (42.72), Louisville’s Andrej Barna (42.82), Notre Dame’s Daniel Spees (43.20) and Florida State’s Emir Muratovic (43.29) also swam in the final.

Event 18  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 41.18  2/27/2016 Simonas Bilis, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 41.41  2/24/2018 Ryan Held, NC State-NC
     American: @ 40.00  3/25/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: $ 40.00  3/25/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 40.00  3/25/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
  Pool Record: ^ 41.31  12/6/2014 Nathan Adrian, CAL-PC
                 42.11  A
                 42.76  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 44.29  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Held, Ryan       SR NC State            42.10      41.41&A       32  
    r:+0.63  19.54        41.41 (21.87)
  2 Ress, Justin     JR NC State            41.74      41.86 A       28  
    r:+0.67  19.88        41.86 (21.98)
  3 Molacek, Jacob   JR NC State            42.01      41.89 A       27  
    r:+0.63  20.14        41.89 (21.75)
  4 Izzo, Giovanni   FR NC State            42.86      42.69 IV17    26  
    r:+0.67  20.24        42.69 (22.45)
  5 Pisani, Will     JR Florida St          42.73      42.72 IV17    25  
    r:+0.67  20.35        42.72 (22.37)
  6 Barna, Andrej    SO Louisville          42.77      42.82 B       24  
    r:+0.62  20.32        42.82 (22.50)
  7 Speers, Daniel   JR ND                  42.88      43.20 B       23  
    r:+0.64  20.50        43.20 (22.70)
  8 Muratovic, Emir  JR Florida St          43.08      43.29 B       22  
    r:+0.66  20.46        43.29 (22.83)

Men’s 200 Breast

Louisville’s Evgenii Somov completed a sweep of the breaststroke events, pulling away from Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis on the final 25 to take the win. Somov touched in 1:53.05, ahead of Pumputis in 1:53.45. Somov remained the only individual swimmer not representing NC State to win an event all weekend.

Somov’s Cardinals teammate Carlos Claverie took third in 1:53.62, and Virginia’s Matthew Otto also broke 1:54, touching the wall in 1:53.92.

North Carolina’s Michael McBryan (1:54.66), Virginia’s Keefer Barnum (1:54.82), Georgia Tech’s Moises Loschi (1:54.95) and Duke’s Judd Howard (1:55.19) also swam in the final.

Event 19  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:52.39  3/2/2017  Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
     ACC Meet: & 1:52.39  3/2/2017  Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
     American: @ 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
         NCAA: $ 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
   U. S. Open: * 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
  Pool Record: ^ 1:52.87  2/27/2016 Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
                 1:52.94  A
                 1:54.54  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 1:59.79  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   FR Louisville        1:54.59    1:53.05 IV17    32  
    r:+0.72  26.18        54.15 (27.97)
        1:24.45 (30.30)     1:53.05 (28.60)
  2 Pumputis, Caio   FR GT                1:55.68    1:53.45 IV17    28  
    r:+0.67  25.85        54.59 (28.74)
        1:23.64 (29.05)     1:53.45 (29.81)
  3 Claverie, Carlo  SR Louisville        1:54.57    1:53.62 IV17    27  
    r:+0.75  26.07        55.04 (28.97)
        1:24.04 (29.00)     1:53.62 (29.58)
  4 Otto, Matthew    FR Virginia          1:54.34    1:53.92 IV17    26  
    r:+0.67  26.45        55.20 (28.75)
        1:24.12 (28.92)     1:53.92 (29.80)
  5 McBryan, Michae  SR UNC               1:54.98    1:54.66 B       25  
    r:+0.70  25.72        54.64 (28.92)
        1:24.35 (29.71)     1:54.66 (30.31)
  6 Barnum, Keefer   FR Virginia          1:55.08    1:54.82 B       24  
    r:+0.67  25.96        54.70 (28.74)
        1:24.63 (29.93)     1:54.82 (30.19)
  7 Loschi, Moises   SR GT                1:54.23    1:54.95 B       23  
    r:+0.63  26.27        55.51 (29.24)
        1:25.36 (29.85)     1:54.95 (29.59)
  8 Howard, Judd     JR Duke              1:55.31    1:55.19 B       22  
    r:+0.71  26.17        55.48 (29.31)
        1:25.17 (29.69)     1:55.19 (30.02)

200 Fly

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios had the lead almost the entire race, and he was up by a half-second with 50 yards to go. But Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero stormed home and got his hands on the wall in front. Albiero won the race in 1:41.08, while Vazaios tied with Virginia’s Ted Schubert for second at 1:41.35.

Louisville’s Zach Harting just missed the podium, taking third in 1:41.54. Finishing behind him were Virginia’s Zach Fong (1:42.37), Georgia Tech’s Christian Ferraro (1:43.36), Notre Dame’s Aaron Schultz (1:43.46) and NC State’s James Bretscher (1:44.04).

Event 20  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:40.77  3/26/2017 Andreas Vazaios, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 1:41.42  2/27/2016 Vazalos/McCurdy, NCSU-NC
     American: @ 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
         NCAA: $ 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
   U. S. Open: * 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
  Pool Record: ^ 1:41.42  2/27/2016 Christian McCurdy, NCSU-NC
                 1:41.44  A
                 1:43.09  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 1:47.99  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Albiero, Nicola  FR Louisville        1:41.61    1:41.08&A       32  
    r:+0.67  22.94        49.08 (26.14)
        1:15.06 (25.98)     1:41.08 (26.02)
  2 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NC State          1:41.69    1:41.35&A       27.5
    r:+0.70  22.98        48.64 (25.66)
        1:14.48 (25.84)     1:41.35 (26.87)
  2 Schubert, Ted    SO Virginia          1:42.00    1:41.35&A       27.5
    r:+0.67  23.27        49.37 (26.10)
        1:15.61 (26.24)     1:41.35 (25.74)
  4 Harting, Zach    JR Louisville        1:42.22    1:41.54 IV17    26  
    r:+0.67  22.98        49.24 (26.26)
        1:15.03 (25.79)     1:41.54 (26.51)
  5 Fong, Zach       JR Virginia          1:42.64    1:42.37 IV17    25  
    r:+0.63  23.81        49.56 (25.75)
        1:15.53 (25.97)     1:42.37 (26.84)
  6 Ferraro, Christ  FR GT                1:43.03    1:43.36 B       24  
    r:+0.69  23.80        49.41 (25.61)
        1:16.67 (27.26)     1:43.36 (26.69)
  7 Schultz, Aaron   SO ND                1:44.00    1:43.46 B       23  
    r:+0.70  23.31        49.83 (26.52)
        1:16.43 (26.60)     1:43.46 (27.03)
  8 Bretscher, Jame  JR NC State          1:42.61    1:44.04 B       22  
    r:+0.65  22.87        49.57 (26.70)
        1:16.61 (27.04)     1:44.04 (27.43)

4×100 Free Relay

The NC State Wolfpack finished off their dominant effort at the ACC championships, with an American record in the men’s 4×100 free relay.

Swimming with a full beard, Ryan Held led off in 41.45, just off his ACC title-winning time of 41.45 from earlier in the night, before Justin Ress split an amazing 40.87 on the second leg. Jacob Molaceck (41.71) and Coleman Stewart (41.66) brought the team home to a final time of 2:45.69.

That annihilated the previous American record of 2:47.02 that the Texas foursome of Jimmy FeigenRicky BerensPeter Jameson and David Walters set back in 2009. The Wolfpack recorded the second-fastest relay in history, behind only the 2:45.39 set by Texas’ Brett RinggoldJack CongerTownley Haas and Joseph Schooling at last year’s NCAA championships.

Finally, the team crushed its conferene record of 2:46.81 that a team which included Held set back in 2016 on the way to an NCAA title.

NC State won the race by more than five seconds, as Florida State’s team of Emir MuratovicFelipe Ribeiro de SouzlipeWill Pisani and Kanoa Kaleoaloha took second in 2:50.63. Louisville’s Nicolas AlbieroAndrej BarnaEvgenii Somov and Zach Harting took third in 2:51.09.

Virginia (2:51.28), Notre Dame (2:51.62), Duke (2:53.99), Georgia Tech (2:54.96) and North Carolina (2:55.35) also finished in the top eight.

Event 21  Men 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 2:46.81  3/26/2016 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          R. Held, S. Bilis, A. Schiellerup, S. Dahl
     ACC Meet: & 2:48.14  3/2/2017  North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          J Ress, R Held, A Schiellerup, S Dahl
     American: @ 2:47.02  3/28/2009 Texas
                          J Feigen, R Berens, P Jameson, D Walters
         NCAA: $ 2:45.39  3/25/2017 Texas
                          B Ringgold, J Conger, F Haas, J Schooling
   U. S. Open: * 2:45.39  3/25/2017 Texas
                          B Ringgold, J Conger, F Haas, J Schooling
  Pool Record: ^ 2:48.52  2/27/2016 North Carolina State Univ., NCSU-
                          S Bilis, R Held, J Bonk, S Dahl
                 2:52.10  A
                 2:53.23  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                      2:48.75    2:45.69%A       64  
     1) Held, Ryan SR                 2) r:0.22 Ress, Justin JR       
     3) r:0.40 Molacek, Jacob JR      4) r:0.28 Stewart, Coleman SO   
    r:+3.86  19.71        41.45 (41.45)
        1:00.48 (19.03)     1:22.32 (40.87)
        1:42.29 (19.97)     2:04.03 (41.71)
        2:23.57 (19.54)     2:45.69 (41.66)
  2 Florida St                    2:51.27    2:50.63 A       56  
     1) Muratovic, Emir JR            2) r:0.30 Ribeiro de Souzlipe SO
     3) r:0.36 Pisani, Will JR        4) r:0.24 Kaleoaloha, Kanoa JR  
    r:+0.65  20.21        43.26 (43.26)
        1:03.46 (20.20)     1:26.19 (42.93)
        1:45.82 (19.63)     2:08.29 (42.10)
        2:50.63 (42.34)                    
  3 Louisville                    2:53.92    2:51.09 A       54  
     1) Albiero, Nicolas FR           2) r:0.14 Barna, Andrej SO      
     3) r:0.27 Somov, Evgenii FR      4) r:0.23 Harting, Zach JR      
    r:+0.66  21.00        43.04 (43.04)
        1:02.78 (19.74)     1:25.24 (42.20)
        1:45.58 (20.34)     2:08.65 (43.41)
        2:28.66 (20.01)     2:51.09 (42.44)
  4 Virginia                      2:53.89    2:51.28 A       52  
     1) Baker, Ryan SO                2) r:0.50 Georgiadis, Luke SR   
     3) r:0.28 Clark, Joe SO          4) r:0.29 Keblish, Bryce JR     
    r:+0.68  20.52        43.03 (43.03)
        1:03.29 (20.26)     1:25.93 (42.90)
        1:45.79 (19.86)     2:07.99 (42.06)
        2:28.48 (20.49)     2:51.28 (43.29)
  5 ND                            2:54.33    2:51.62 A       50  
     1) Afrik, Tabahn JR              2) r:0.40 Plaschka, Justin SR   
     3) r:0.23 Schultz, Aaron SO      4) r:0.36 Speers, Daniel JR     
    r:+0.64  20.83        43.06 (43.06)
        1:03.40 (20.34)     1:25.96 (42.90)
        1:46.40 (20.44)     2:09.34 (43.38)
        2:29.21 (19.87)     2:51.62 (42.28)
  6 Duke                          2:56.61    2:53.99         48  
     1) Legard, Yusuke JR             2) r:0.09 Williams, Miles SO    
     3) r:0.10 St. George, Max JR     4) r:0.21 Tate, Sean JR         
    r:+0.65  20.99        43.76 (43.76)
        1:04.22 (20.46)     1:26.60 (42.84)
        1:46.91 (20.31)     2:09.78 (43.18)
        2:30.45 (20.67)     2:53.99 (44.21)
  7 GT                            2:54.83    2:54.96         46  
     1) Harasz, Noah SR               2) r:0.12 Correia, Rodrigo JR   
     3) r:0.37 Pumputis, Caio FR      4) r:0.10 Ferraro, Christian FR 
    r:+0.61  20.75        44.01 (44.01)
        1:04.28 (20.27)     1:26.92 (42.91)
        1:39.05 (12.13)     2:11.02 (44.10)
        2:31.95 (20.93)     2:54.96 (43.94)
  8 UNC                           2:58.52    2:55.35         44  
     1) Messenger, Jack FR            2) r:0.32 Casey, James SR       
     3) r:0.37 Jiang, Alvin FR        4) r:0.24 Brocato, Greg SO      
    r:+0.77  21.21        44.64 (44.64)
        1:04.93 (20.29)     1:27.80 (43.16)
        1:48.34 (20.54)     2:11.80 (44.00)
        2:32.37 (20.57)     2:55.35 (43.55)
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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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