Men’s ACC Championships Day 3 Finals: Ryan Held, NC State Extend Lead

Photo Courtesy: Sarah D. Davis/theACC.com

The NC State Wolfpack have a massive lead at the men’s ACC championships, pushing towards a fourth-straight team title. Ryan Held and Anton Ipsen each won their second individual events of the meet during Friday night’s finals session as NC State grabbed victories in five of the six events on the day.

The Wolfpack have a total of 1020 points, well ahead of Louisville with 802.5. It should be a battle for the rest of the spots in the top five on the final day of the meet, with Notre Dame (624), Virginia (598.5) and Florida State (583.5) all in the mix.

Full results

100 Fly

NC State’s Ryan Held won his second individual event of the meet, topping the sprint fly in 44.96. He fell just a bit short of his ACC record of 44.79 set last year but moved up to second in the country behind Joseph Schooling (44.78).

The Wolfpack finished 1-2 as Coleman Stewart came in second behind Held at 45.11. The race was Stewart’s first of two on the evening, before he swims as the top seed in the 100 back. Two other Wolfpack swimmers swam in the final, with James Bretscher taking seventh (46.15) and Giovanni Izzo finishing eight (46.48).

Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero picked up third-place honors with his time of 45.60, just ahead of the Virginia duo of Bryce Keblish (45.76) and Zach Fong (45.95). Louisville’s Zach Harting took sixth in 46.03.

Event 9  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
     American: @ 43.58  3/24/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: $ 43.58  3/24/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 43.58  3/24/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
  Pool Record: ^ 44.99  12/5/2014 Giles Smith, PSC-AZ
                 45.49  A
                 46.10  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 48.29  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Held, Ryan       SR NC State            45.28      44.96^A       32  
    r:+0.63  20.63        44.96 (24.33)
  2 Stewart, Colema  SO NC State            45.30      45.11 A       28  
    r:+0.69  21.17        45.11 (23.94)
  3 Albiero, Nicola  FR Louisville          45.89      45.60 IV17    27  
    r:+0.68  21.44        45.60 (24.16)
  4 Keblish, Bryce   JR Virginia            46.02      45.76 IV17    26  
    r:+0.67  20.96        45.76 (24.80)
  5 Fong, Zach       JR Virginia            46.16      45.95 IV17    25  
    r:+0.63  22.11        45.95 (23.84)
  6 Harting, Zach    JR Louisville          46.08      46.03 IV17    24  
    r:+0.69  21.39        46.03 (24.64)
  7 Bretscher, Jame  JR NC State            45.93      46.15 B       23  
    r:+0.65  21.56        46.15 (24.59)
  8 Izzo, Giovanni   FR NC State            46.26      46.48 B       22  
    r:+0.64  21.15        46.48 (25.33)

400 IM

Virginia’s Brendan Casey held the top seed for the 400 IM final, and he turned at the halfway point almost even with Louisville’s Etay Gurevich. Gurevich then took off on the breaststroke leg, putting in jeopardy NC State’s undefeated streak in individual events at the meet. But NC State’s Anton Ipsen would not give in.

Ipsen stormed home with a monster freestyle split, erasing Gurevich’s bodylength lead over the first 75 yards of free, turning dead even with 25 yards to go and then pulling ahead. Ipsen touched in 3:40.48, good for his second win of the meet after winning the 500 free Thursday. He finished ahead of Gurevich, who touched in 3:41.30, and Casey came in third at 3:41.94.

Louisville’s Daniel Sos took fourth in 3:42.68, two seconds ahead of NC State’s Eric Knowles (3:44.68). Other finalists included Virginia’s Robby Giller (3:44.72), UNC’s Henry Campbell (3:44.84) and Louisville’s Jarrett Jones (3:48.10).

Event 10  Men 400 Yard IM
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 3:38.00  3/27/2009 Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech
     ACC Meet: & 3:38.43  3/1/2017  Robert Owen, VT-VA
     American: @ 3:33.42  3/24/2017 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
         NCAA: $ 3:33.42  3/24/2017 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
   U. S. Open: * 3:33.42  3/24/2017 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
  Pool Record: ^ 3:41.08  2/26/2016 Robert Owen, VT-VA
                 3:39.95  A
                 3:44.92  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 3:54.49  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ipsen, Anton Oe  SR NC State          3:44.26    3:40.48^IV17    32  
    r:+0.70  24.10        51.55 (27.45)
        1:19.75 (28.20)     1:46.91 (27.16)
        2:18.02 (31.11)     2:49.10 (31.08)
        3:15.35 (26.25)     3:40.48 (25.13)
  2 Gurevich, Etay   SO Louisville        3:45.91    3:41.30 IV17    28  
    r:+0.69  22.97        49.58 (26.61)
        1:17.73 (28.15)     1:46.40 (28.67)
        2:16.17 (29.77)     2:47.34 (31.17)
        3:14.47 (27.13)     3:41.30 (26.83)
  3 Casey, Brendan   JR Virginia          3:43.22    3:41.94 IV17    27  
    r:+0.72  23.42        50.14 (26.72)
        1:17.52 (27.38)     1:44.75 (27.23)
        2:17.65 (32.90)     2:50.45 (32.80)
        3:16.45 (26.00)     3:41.94 (25.49)
  4 Sos, Daniel      FR Louisville        3:47.91    3:42.68 IV17    26  
    r:+0.70  23.73        51.22 (27.49)
        1:19.26 (28.04)     1:46.89 (27.63)
        2:19.01 (32.12)     2:50.64 (31.63)
        3:17.27 (26.63)     3:42.68 (25.41)
  5 Knowles, Eric    FR NC State          3:46.29    3:44.68 IV17    25  
    r:+0.74  24.34        52.09 (27.75)
        1:21.25 (29.16)     1:49.90 (28.65)
        2:21.67 (31.77)     2:53.82 (32.15)
        3:20.01 (26.19)     3:44.68 (24.67)
  6 Giller, Robby    FR Virginia          3:45.29    3:44.72 IV17    24  
    r:+0.71  23.91        51.12 (27.21)
        1:19.39 (28.27)     1:46.79 (27.40)
        2:19.67 (32.88)     2:52.72 (33.05)
        3:19.48 (26.76)     3:44.72 (25.24)
  7 Campbell, Henry  SR UNC               3:45.48    3:44.84 IV17    23  
    r:+0.65  24.18        51.51 (27.33)
        1:20.82 (29.31)     1:49.18 (28.36)
        2:21.17 (31.99)     2:53.41 (32.24)
        3:20.00 (26.59)     3:44.84 (24.84)
  8 Jones, Jarrett   SO Louisville        3:46.34    3:48.10 B       22  
    r:+0.75  23.97        51.29 (27.32)
        1:21.05 (29.76)     1:50.31 (29.26)
        2:22.88 (32.57)     2:55.66 (32.78)
        3:22.57 (26.91)     3:48.10 (25.53)

200 Free

NC State’s Justin Ress passed on the 200 free in order to swim the 100 back, and he picked up a wire-to-wire win in the 200 free. The Woflpack have still yet to not win an individual event in six tries. Ress finished in 1:32.66, pulling away from Virginia’s Luke Georgiadis on the last 50.

Georgiadis took second in 1:33.78, and Ress’s Wolfpack teammate Andreas Vazaios took third in 1:34.11. Florida State’s Felipe Riberio de Souza also snuck under 1:35, touching fourth in 1:34.91.

Finishing fifth through eighth, respectively, were Virginia Tech’s Norbert Szabo (1:35.06), Louisville’s Sam Steele (1:35.12), Virginia Tech’s Lane Stone (1:35.23) and Louisville’s Andrej Barna (1:36.36).

Event 11  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:31.37  3/23/2017 Soren Dahl, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 1:32.45  2/26/2010 Scot Robison, Virginia   -VA
     American: @ 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas
         NCAA: $ 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas
   U. S. Open: * 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas
  Pool Record: ^ 1:32.46  2/26/2016 Simonas Bilis, NCSU-NC
                 1:32.54  A
                 1:34.20  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 1:37.99  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ress, Justin     JR NC State          1:33.41    1:32.66 IV17    32  
    r:+0.66  21.22        44.80 (23.58)
        1:08.68 (23.88)     1:32.66 (23.98)
  2 Georgiadis, Luk  SR Virginia          1:34.45    1:33.78 IV17    28  
    r:+0.68  21.66        45.25 (23.59)
        1:09.05 (23.80)     1:33.78 (24.73)
  3 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NC State          1:34.25    1:34.11 IV17    27  
    r:+0.71  22.14        45.83 (23.69)
        1:09.80 (23.97)     1:34.11 (24.31)
  4 Ribeiro de Souz  SO Florida St        1:34.65    1:34.91 B       26  
    r:+0.67  21.70        45.44 (23.74)
        1:10.13 (24.69)     1:34.91 (24.78)
  5 Szabo, Norbert   JR VT                1:35.20    1:35.06 B       25  
    r:+0.66  21.98        45.96 (23.98)
        1:10.40 (24.44)     1:35.06 (24.66)
  6 Steele, Sam      SO Louisville        1:35.02    1:35.12 B       24  
    r:+0.64  22.07        46.55 (24.48)
        1:11.15 (24.60)     1:35.12 (23.97)
  7 Stone, Lane      FR VT                1:35.48    1:35.23 B       23  
    r:+0.73  22.67        46.98 (24.31)
        1:11.30 (24.32)     1:35.23 (23.93)
  8 Barna, Andrej    SO Louisville        1:34.92    1:36.36 B       22  
    r:+0.64  21.65        45.95 (24.30)
        1:10.64 (24.69)     1:36.36 (25.72)

100 Breast

Louisville freshman Evgenii Somov was tied with senior teammate Carlos Claverie at the 50-yard mark, but he accelerated on the second half and pulled away to win in 52.18. Claverie took second in 52.69 to make it a 1-2 for the Cardinals, one hundredth ahead of UNC’s Michael McBryan (52.70).

Virginia’s Keefer Barnum took fourth in 52.98, and Georgia Tech’s Moises Loschi was fifth in 53.06. Other finalists included Duke’s Judd Howard (53.18), UNC’s Valdas Abaliksta (53.31) and Notre Dame’s Steven Shek (53.42).

The 100 breast was the first individual event of the meet that NC State did not win, and the Wolfpack actually had no swimmer qualify for the A-final. However, NC State juniors Jacob Molacek (52.88) and Daniel Graber (53.02) finished 1-2 in the consolation final.

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 51.30  3/24/2017 Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech
     ACC Meet: & 51.46  3/1/2017  Peter Kropp, Duke-NC
     American: @ 50.03  2/17/2018 Caleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: $ 50.03  2/17/2018 Caleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 50.03  2/17/2018 Caleb Dressel, Arizona
  Pool Record: ^ 51.86  2/26/2016 Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
                 51.74  A
                 52.62  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 55.39  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   FR Louisville          52.69      52.18 IV17    32  
    r:+0.71  24.64        52.18 (27.54)
  2 Claverie, Carlo  SR Louisville          52.69      52.69 B       28  
    r:+0.73  24.64        52.69 (28.05)
  3 McBryan, Michae  SR UNC                 52.56      52.70 B       27  
    r:+0.68  24.87        52.70 (27.83)
  4 Barnum, Keefer   FR Virginia            52.60      52.98 B       26  
    r:+0.65  24.76        52.98 (28.22)
  5 Loschi, Moises   SR GT                  53.30      53.06 B       25  
    r:+0.66  25.15        53.06 (27.91)
  6 Howard, Judd     JR Duke                52.95      53.18 B       24  
    r:+0.72  25.33        53.18 (27.85)
  7 Abaliksta, Vald  FR UNC                 53.12      53.31 B       23  
    r:+0.84  25.19        53.31 (28.12)
  8 Shek, Steven     JR ND                  53.30      53.42 B       22  
    r:+0.61  24.93        53.42 (28.49)

100 Back

NC State’s Coleman Stewart broke the ACC record in the 100 back for the second time today, blasting a time of 44.54. That not only improves upon his No. 1 national ranking, but he also became the fifth-fastest swimmer of all-time in the event. Only Ryan MurphyNick ThomanJohn Shebat and Matt Grevers have ever been quicker.

Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero, who like Stewart was swimming in his second A-final of the night after the 100 fly, took second in 45.44. Virginia’s Joe Clark, in contention for the first 75 yards, faded the last 25 and ended up third in 45.54.

The rest of the final included NC State’s Noah Hensley (46.14), UNC’s Alvin Jiang (46.49), NC State’s Hennessy Stuart (46.80), Notre Dame’s Rob Whitacre (46.99) and NC State’s James Bretscher (48.12).

Event 13  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 44.80  2/23/2018 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.80  2/23/2018 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     American: @ 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         NCAA: $ 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: * 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
  Pool Record: ^ 44.80  2/23/2018 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
                 45.25  A
                 46.28  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 48.49  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Stewart, Colema  SO NC State            44.80      44.54%A       32  
    r:+0.59  21.60        44.54 (22.94)
  2 Albiero, Nicola  FR Louisville          45.89      45.44 IV17    28  
    r:+0.53  22.14        45.44 (23.30)
  3 Clark, Joe       SO Virginia            46nc.22      45.54 IV17    27  
    r:+0.59  21.66        45.54 (23.88)
  4 Hensley, Noah    JR NC State            46.41      46.14 IV17    26  
    r:+0.51  22.31        46.14 (23.83)
  5 Jiang, Alvin     FR UNC                 46.33      46.49 B       25  
    r:+0.60  22.32        46.49 (24.17)
  6 Stuart, Henness  SR NC State            46.07      46.80 B       24  
    r:+0.54  22.54        46.80 (24.26)
  7 Whitacre, Rober  SR ND                  46.46      46.99 B       23  
    r:+0.58  22.79        46.99 (24.20)
  8 Bretscher, Jame  JR NC State            46.49      48.12 B       22  
    r:+0.51  23.40        48.12 (24.72)

4×100 Medley Relay

Louisville had the lead at the halfway point of the 4×100 medley relay behind Nicolas Albiero and Evgenii Somov, but NC State pulled ahead on the back half of the race with Ryan Held and Justin RessAndreas Vazaios (45.63), Jacob Molacek (52.27), Held (44.92) and Ress (41.42) combined to swim a time of 3:04.24.

Louisville’s Albiero, Somov, Nikkos Sofianidis and Andrej Barna took second in 3:05.55. Barna split 41.68 to edge Virginia at the finish after Bryce Keblish moved the Cavaliers into second with a quick 45.03 fly leg. Joe ClarkKeefer Barnum, Keblish and Ryan Baker finished just two hundredths behind Louisville in 3:05.57.

Notre Dame finished fourth in 3:08.32, followed by Florida State (3:09.33), Georgia Tech (3:10.20), North Carolina (3:10.35) and Duke (3:11.23).

Event 14  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 3:03.96  3/23/2017 Louisville, University of, Louisville-KY
                          G Tarasevich, C Claverie, J Quallen, T Carroll
     ACC Meet: & 3:04.44  3/1/2017  Louisville, University of, Louisville-KY
                          G Tarasevich, C Claverie, J Quallen, T Carroll
     American: @ 3:01.51  3/23/2017 California
                          R Murphy, C Hoppe, M Josa, M Jensen
         NCAA: $ 2:59.22  3/23/2017 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
   U. S. Open: * 2:59.22  3/23/2017 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
  Pool Record: ^ 3:04.47  2/28/2014 Florida State University, FSU-F
                          P Sankovich, J Pike, C Knight, P Murray
                 3:07.46  A
                 3:08.95  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                      3:07.04    3:04.24&A       64  
     1) Vazaios, Andreas JR           2) r:+0.29 Molacek, Jacob JR    
     3) r:0.28 Held, Ryan SR          4) r:0.20 Ress, Justin JR       
    r:+0.54  21.80        45.63 (45.63)
        1:09.50 (23.87)     1:37.90 (52.27)
        1:58.40 (20.50)     2:22.82 (44.92)
        2:42.25 (19.43)     3:04.24 (41.42)
  2 Louisville                    3:08.73    3:05.55 A       56  
     1) Albiero, Nicolas FR           2) r:0.29 Somov, Evgenii FR     
     3) r:0.38 Sofianidis, Nikkos FR  4) r:0.06 Barna, Andrej SO      
    r:+0.53  22.11        45.42 (45.42)
        1:09.77 (24.35)     1:37.34 (51.92)
        1:58.77 (21.43)     2:23.87 (46.53)
        2:43.38 (19.51)     3:05.55 (41.68)
  3 Virginia                      3:09.24    3:05.57 A       54  
     1) Clark, Joe SO                 2) r:0.16 Barnum, Keefer FR     
     3) r:0.23 Keblish, Bryce JR      4) r:0.26 Baker, Ryan SO        
    r:+5.42  22.25        45.85 (45.85)
        1:10.07 (24.22)     1:38.25 (52.40)
        1:58.70 (20.45)     2:23.28 (45.03)
        2:42.98 (19.70)     3:05.57 (42.29)
  4 ND                            3:11.56    3:08.32 B       52  
     1) Whitacre, Robert SR           2) r:0.13 Shek, Steven JR       
     3) r:0.14 Plaschka, Justin SR    4) r:0.27 Speers, Daniel JR     
    r:+0.60  23.03        47.10 (47.10)
        1:11.49 (24.39)     1:40.40 (53.30)
        2:00.82 (20.42)     2:25.74 (45.34)
        2:45.35 (19.61)     3:08.32 (42.58)
  5 Florida St                    3:10.66    3:09.33         50  
     1) Kalisz, Connor SR             2) r:0.35 Telford, Ryan FR      
     3) r:0.26 Kaleoaloha, Kanoa JR   4) r:0.17 Pisani, Will JR       
    r:+0.71  22.56        47.11 (47.11)
        1:12.18 (25.07)     1:41.07 (53.96)
        2:01.64 (20.57)     2:27.05 (45.98)
        2:46.86 (19.81)     3:09.33 (42.28)
  6 GT                            3:11.72    3:10.20         48  
     1) Correia, Rodrigo JR           2) r:0.25 Loschi, Moises SR     
     3) r:0.07 Ferraro, Christian FR  4) r:0.28 Pumputis, Caio FR     
    r:+0.57  22.43        47.13 (47.13)
        1:11.99 (24.86)     1:39.79 (52.66)
        2:01.35 (21.56)     2:26.84 (47.05)
        2:47.47 (20.63)     3:10.20 (43.36)
  7 UNC                           3:13.19    3:10.35         46  
     1) Jiang, Alvin FR               2) r:0.18 McBryan, Michael SR   
     3) r:0.30 Brocato, Greg SO       4) r:0.32 Casey, James SR       
    r:+0.60  22.50        46.72 (46.72)
        1:10.98 (24.26)     1:39.60 (52.88)
        2:01.20 (21.60)     2:27.07 (47.47)
        2:47.31 (20.24)     3:10.35 (43.28)
  8 Duke                          3:12.50    3:11.23         44  
     1) St. George, Max JR            2) r:0.04 Howard, Judd JR       
     3) r:0.13 Legard, Yusuke JR      4) r:0.08 Tate, Sean JR         
    r:+0.58  22.67        46.27 (46.27)
        1:10.73 (24.46)     1:38.83 (52.56)
        2:00.94 (22.11)     2:27.18 (48.35)
        2:48.03 (20.85)     3:11.23 (44.05)
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