Ryan Held, NC State Sweeps Night Two Finals at Men’s ACC Championships

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NC State won all three individual events during the second night of the men’s ACC championships in Greensboro, N.C., with a trio of defending champions all repeating their titles, and then the Wolfpack picked up a win in the 4×50 free relay.

Including both springboard diving events, NC State now leads with 523 points, with Louisville almost 100 back in second with 417. Third place at the moment is Florida State with 401.5 points.

Full results

500 Free

NC State’s Anton Ipsen entered as a three-time defending ACC champion in the 500, and he recorded a monster effort to make it four-in-a-row. Ipsen never trailed and recorded a time of 4:11.23. That beat his previous best time of 4:11.73 from last year’s NCAA championships, and Ipsen moved to second in the country behind South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth (4:10.51).

Notre Dame freshman Zach Yeadon, one of the surprising breakouts of the dual meet season, picked up second place with his time of 4:12.74, and third place went to Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta in 4:13.70.

The Virginia Cavalier duo of Robby Giller (4:15.70) and Sam Magnan (4:15.71) took fourth and fifth, respectively, and the rest of the heat consisted of all NC State teammates of Ipsen: Eric Knowles (4:15.73), Gil Kiesler (4:17.95) and Danny Erlenmeyer (4:18.05).

Event 4  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 4:10.00  2/26/2009 Matt McLean, Virginia
     ACC Meet: & 4:10.00  2/26/2009 Matt McLean, Virginia
     American: @ 4:07.25  11/30/2017Zane Grothe
         NCAA: $ 4:07.25  11/30/2017Zane Grothe
   U. S. Open: * 4:08.42  3/23/2017 Clark Smith, Texas
  Pool Record: ^ 4:13.40  11/7/2016 Anton Oerskov Ipsen, NCSU-NC
                 4:12.49  A
                 4:16.67  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 4:24.99  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ipsen, Anton Oe  SR NC State          4:14.67    4:11.21^A       32  
    r:+0.72  23.29        48.34 (25.05)
        1:13.56 (25.22)     1:38.77 (25.21)
        2:04.21 (25.44)     2:29.33 (25.12)
        2:54.47 (25.14)     3:19.98 (25.51)
        3:45.72 (25.74)     4:11.21 (25.49)
  2 Yeadon, Zach     FR ND                4:16.27    4:12.74^IV17    28  
    r:+0.82  23.18        48.43 (25.25)
        1:13.99 (25.56)     1:39.64 (25.65)
        2:05.32 (25.68)     2:31.00 (25.68)
        2:56.74 (25.74)     3:22.57 (25.83)
        3:47.98 (25.41)     4:12.74 (24.76)
  3 Acosta, Marcelo  JR Louisville        4:18.01    4:13.70 IV17    27  
    r:+0.69  23.30        48.43 (25.13)
        1:14.22 (25.79)     1:40.12 (25.90)
        2:06.14 (26.02)     2:32.01 (25.87)
        2:57.79 (25.78)     3:23.39 (25.60)
        3:48.99 (25.60)     4:13.70 (24.71)
  4 Giller, Robby    FR Virginia          4:16.95    4:15.70 IV17    26  
    r:+0.71  23.77        49.29 (25.52)
        1:15.12 (25.83)     1:40.90 (25.78)
        2:06.76 (25.86)     2:32.67 (25.91)
        2:58.91 (26.24)     3:25.04 (26.13)
        3:50.99 (25.95)     4:15.70 (24.71)
  5 Magnan, Sam      JR Virginia          4:15.64    4:15.71 IV17    25  
    r:+0.75  23.54        49.01 (25.47)
        1:14.46 (25.45)     1:40.46 (26.00)
        2:06.47 (26.01)     2:32.59 (26.12)
        2:58.56 (25.97)     3:24.40 (25.84)
        3:50.37 (25.97)     4:15.71 (25.34)
  6 Knowles, Eric    FR NC State          4:15.46    4:15.73 IV17    24  
    r:+0.73  23.18        48.63 (25.45)
        1:14.51 (25.88)     1:40.12 (25.61)
        2:06.30 (26.18)     2:32.42 (26.12)
        2:58.50 (26.08)     3:24.70 (26.20)
        3:50.76 (26.06)     4:15.73 (24.97)
  7 Kiesler, Gil     FR NC State          4:17.59    4:17.95 B       23  
    r:+0.67  23.51        49.10 (25.59)
        1:15.06 (25.96)     1:41.26 (26.20)
        2:07.45 (26.19)     2:33.72 (26.27)
        2:59.88 (26.16)     3:26.18 (26.30)
        3:52.42 (26.24)     4:17.95 (25.53)
  8 Erlenmeyer, Dan  SO NC State          4:17.51    4:18.05 B       22  
    r:+0.69  23.13        48.87 (25.74)
        1:14.73 (25.86)     1:40.52 (25.79)
        2:06.30 (25.78)     2:32.90 (26.60)
        2:59.17 (26.27)     3:25.66 (26.49)
        3:52.17 (26.51)     4:18.05 (25.88)

200 IM

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios pulled out to a big lead on the backstroke leg and then held off a swift back half from Virginia Tech’s Norbert Szabo to win his second straight conference crown. Vazaios touched in 1:42.43, just ahead of Szabo in 1:42.70.

Louisville’s Daniel Sos finished a second back of Vazaios in 1:43.86, good enough to claim the final spot on the podium.

Notre Dame’s Rob Whitacre took fourth in 1:44.06, followed by Louisville teammates Etay Gurevich (1:44.19) and Carlos Claverie (1:45.42). Florida State’s Max Polianski (1:45.59) and Virginia’s Bryce Keblish (1:46.28) also swam in the final. Keblish was first after the butterfly leg in 21.87, but he faded badly down the stretch.

Event 5  Men 200 Yard IM
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:40.77  3/24/2017 Andreas Vazaios, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 1:41.25  2/28/2017 Andreas Vazaios, NCSU-NC
     American: @ 1:38.13  2/15/2018 Caleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: $ 1:38.13  2/15/2018 Caleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 1:38.13  2/15/2018 Caleb Dressel, Florida
  Pool Record: ^ 1:41.92  2/27/2014 Pavel Sankovich, FSU-FL
                 1:41.88  A
                 1:44.34  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 1:49.09  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NC State          1:42.62    1:42.43 IV17    32  
    r:+0.68  22.19        46.84 (24.65)
        1:16.95 (30.11)     1:42.43 (25.48)
  2 Szabo, Norbert   JR VT                1:43.72    1:42.70 IV17    28  
    r:+0.65  22.06        47.74 (25.68)
        1:17.47 (29.73)     1:42.70 (25.23)
  3 Sos, Daniel      FR Louisville        1:44.72    1:43.86 IV17    27  
    r:+0.71  22.77        48.77 (26.00)
        1:18.62 (29.85)     1:43.86 (25.24)
  4 Whitacre, Rober  SR ND                1:44.22    1:44.06 IV17    26  
    r:+0.74  23.15        48.27 (25.12)
        1:18.90 (30.63)     1:44.06 (25.16)
  5 Gurevich, Etay   SO Louisville        1:44.81    1:44.19 IV17    25  
    r:+0.68  22.48        48.77 (26.29)
        1:18.49 (29.72)     1:44.19 (25.70)
  6 Claverie, Carlo  SR Louisville        1:44.89    1:45.42 B       24  
    r:+0.74  23.55        50.75 (27.20)
        1:19.66 (28.91)     1:45.42 (25.76)
  7 Polianski, Max   SO Florida St        1:45.12    1:45.59 B       23  
    r:+0.72  22.81        48.01 (25.20)
        1:19.09 (31.08)     1:45.59 (26.50)
  8 Keblish, Bryce   JR Virginia          1:45.04    1:46.28 B       22  
    r:+0.65  21.87        48.73 (26.86)
        1:20.60 (31.87)     1:46.28 (25.68)

50 Free

NC State’s Ryan Held dominated the splash-and-dash, building a lead on the first 25 and then extending the advantage with a powerful underwater kickout. He put up a time of 18.75, behind only his Olympic relay teammate Caeleb Dressel (18.66) and Wisconsin’s Bowen Becker (18.69) in the national rankings so far this season.

The Wolfpack made it a 1-2 finish as Justin Ress finished second in 19.00, just off his prelims time of 18.96. Louisville’s Andrej Barna took third in 19.16.

Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka took fourth in 19.30, and Virginia Tech’s Ian Ho tied with Florida State’s Will Pisani for fifth at 19.34. NC State’s Giovanni Izzo (19.37) and Florida State’s Chad Mylin (19.43) also swam in the final.

Event 6  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 18.58  3/23/2017 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 18.68  2/28/2017 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     American: @ 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: $ 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
  Pool Record: ^ 18.81  12/4/2014 Nathan Adrian, CAL-PC
                 19.05  A
                 19.43  IV17 Invited to 2017 NCAA
                 20.19  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Held, Ryan       SR NC State            18.86      18.75^A       32  
     r:+0.64  9.04         18.75 (9.71)
  2 Ress, Justin     JR NC State            18.96      19.00 A       28  
     r:+0.67  9.13         19.00 (9.87)
  3 Barna, Andrej    SO Louisville          19.15      19.16 IV17    27  
     r:+0.63  9.31         19.16 (9.85)
  4 Plaschka, Justi  SR ND                  19.51      19.30 IV17    26  
     r:+0.59  9.22        19.30 (10.08)
  5 Ho, Ian          JR VT                  19.38      19.34 IV17    24.5
     r:+0.62  9.43         19.34 (9.91)
  5 Pisani, Will     JR Florida St          19.28      19.34 IV17    24.5
     r:+0.63  9.26        19.34 (10.08)
  7 Izzo, Giovanni   FR NC State            19.39      19.37 IV17    23  
     r:+0.65  9.17        19.37 (10.20)
  8 Mylin, Chad      SR Florida St          19.43      19.43 IV17    22  
     r:+0.69  9.41        19.43 (10.02)

4×50 Free Relay

After a break following the 50 free final, Ryan Held blasted a leadoff split of 18.87 to give NC State a big lead, and his teammates held off a strong back half from Florida State. The Wolfpack team of Held, Justin Ress (18.41), Jacob Molacek (19.19) and Coleman Stewart (18.87) came in at 1:15.34, the fastest time in the country this season and a new ACC meet record.

The Seminoles’ team of Will PisaniChad MylinJoseph Plechy and Kanoa Kaleoaloha stayed fairly close to NC State after Held’s leadoff split and took second in 1:16.30, while Louisville’s Andrej BarnaNicolas AlbieroMatyi Kovacs and Zach Harting took third in 1:17.26.

Notre Dame took fourth in 1:17.61, followed by Virginia Tech (1:18.12), Duke (1:18.46), Virginia (1:18.46) and North Carolina (1:18.61).

Event 8  Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 1:15.09  3/24/2016 North Carolina State Universit, NC State-NC
                          S Bilis, J. Bonk, A Schiellerup, R Held
     ACC Meet: & 1:15.62  2/26/2015 North Carolina State Universit, NC State-NC
                          S Bilis, R Held, A Schiellerup, D Williams
     American: @ 1:15.26  3/24/2011 Stanford
                          A Coville, A Staab, J Allen, A Wayne
         NCAA: $ 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
   U. S. Open: * 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
  Pool Record: ^ 1:15.85  2/26/2016 North Carolina State Univ., NCSU-
                          R Held, S Bilis, J Bonk, A Schiellerup
                 1:17.62  A
                 1:18.35  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                      1:15.83    1:15.34&A       64  
     1) Held, Ryan SR                 2) r:0.14 Ress, Justin JR       
     3) r:0.21 Molacek, Jacob JR      4) r:0.18 Stewart, Coleman SO   
    r:+0.63  18.87        37.28 (18.41)
          56.47 (19.19)     1:15.34 (18.87)
  2 Florida St                    1:16.95    1:16.30 A       56  
     1) Pisani, Will JR               2) r:0.17 Mylin, Chad SR        
     3) r:0.16 Plechy, Joseph SR      4) r:0.22 Kaleoaloha, Kanoa JR  
    r:+0.64  19.56        38.23 (18.67)
        1:16.30 (38.07)                    
  3 Louisville                    1:18.19    1:17.26 A       54  
     1) Barna, Andrej SO              2) r:0.26 Albiero, Nicolas FR   
     3) r:0.36 Kovacs, Matyi JR       4) r:0.25 Harting, Zach JR      
    r:+0.63  19.37        38.54 (19.17)
          58.10 (19.56)     1:17.26 (19.16)
  4 ND                            1:18.59    1:17.61 A       52  
     1) Plaschka, Justin SR           2) r:0.30 Speers, Daniel JR     
     3) r:0.24 Schultz, Aaron SO      4) r:0.21 Afrik, Tabahn JR      
    r:+0.59  19.57        38.68 (19.11)
          58.26 (19.58)     1:17.61 (19.35)
  5 VT                            1:18.69    1:18.12 B       50  
     1) Ho, Ian JR                    2) r:0.25 Herbert, David SO     
     3) r:0.23 Pierce, Harrison SR    4) r:0.20 Hallock, Thomas FR    
    r:+0.62  19.36        38.91 (19.55)
          58.31 (19.40)     1:18.12 (19.81)
  6 Duke                          1:19.63    1:18.46         47  
     1) Legard, Yusuke JR             2) r:0.22 Williams, Miles SO    
     3) r:0.06 St. George, Max JR     4) r:0.13 Bigot, Nick SR        
    r:+0.63  20.00        39.04 (19.04)
          58.54 (19.50)     1:18.46 (19.92)
  6 Virginia                      1:19.13    1:18.46         47  
     1) Baker, Ryan SO                2) r:0.40 Georgiadis, Luke SR   
     3) r:0.04 Clark, Joe SO          4) r:0.22 Keblish, Bryce JR     
    r:+0.67  19.78        39.56 (19.78)
          59.03 (19.47)     1:18.46 (19.43)
  8 UNC                           1:19.77    1:18.61         44  
     1) Jiang, Alvin FR               2) r:0.36 Casey, James SR       
     3) r:0.24 Abaliksta, Valdas FR   4) r:0.32 Brocato, Greg SO      
    r:+4.04  20.07        39.45 (19.38)
          58.82 (19.37)     1:18.61 (19.79)
  9 GT                            1:19.70    1:19.31         40  
     1) Reyes, Franco FR              2) r:0.30 Miles, Corben FR      
     3) r:0.24 Pumputis, Caio FR      4) r:0.15 Harasz, Noah SR       
    r:+0.58  20.15        39.80 (19.65)
          59.88 (20.08)     1:19.31 (19.43)
 10 Pitt                          1:21.31    1:23.30         34  
     1) Lovasik, Brian JR             2) r:0.25 Young, Jason FR       
     3) r:0.13 Cannon, Ellis FR       4) r:0.25 Szucsik, Bence FR     
    r:+0.72  20.38        40.51 (20.13)
        1:03.31 (22.80)     1:23.30 (19.99)
 -- BC                            1:23.65         DQ        
      Early take-off swimmer #2
     1) Hinton, Michael SO            2) r:-0.02 Derdeyn, Colin JR    
     3) r:0.16 Junghahn, Nico SR      4) r:0.14 Miller, Billy JR      
    r:+0.59  21.08        40.82 (19.74)
        1:01.63 (20.81)          DQ (20.74)
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