Louisville, NC State Post Night One Relay Wins at Men’s ACC Champs

Louisville's Carlos Claverie -- Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The men’s ACC championships kicked off Wednesday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C., with teams from Louisville and NC State each coming away with an early relay win.

Diving was contested last week with women’s ACC championships, but scores will be added in as they normally would fall in the program. Including the results of 3-meter diving only, NC State leads the competition with 158 points, followed by Florida State (157) and Duke (147).

The meet opened with the 4×50 medley relay, and even though Louisville trailed through the first three legs of the race, Andrej Barna pulled out a blistering 18.54 anchor leg to put his team in front. The team of Nicolas Albiero (20.95), Carlos Claverie (23.55), Zach Harting (20.37) and Barna posted a time of 1:23.41.

NC State’s team of Coleman StewartJacob MolacekGiovanni Izzo and Cobe Garcia finished second in 1:23.93. The Wolfpack rested the team’s two best sprinters, Ryan Held and Justin Ress, leaving them available for all other relay action.

Virginia’s foursome of Joe ClarkKeefer Barnum, Bryce Keblish and Luke Kerogiadis took third in 1:24.69.

Florida State finished in 1:24.95, just missing the NCAA A-cut of 1:24.95, and other teams finishing in the top eight included Notre Dame (1:25.37), North Carolna (1:25.92), Duke (1:25.99) and Virginia Tech (1:26.03).

Event 1  Men 200 Yard Medley Relay
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   Conference: % 1:23.16  2/27/2017 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          C Stewart, D Hren, S Dahl, R Held
     ACC Meet: & 1:23.16  2/27/2017 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          C Stewart, D Hren, S Dahl, R Held
     American: @ 1:22.40  3/27/2015 California
                          R Murphy, C Katis, J Lynch, T Messerschmidt
         NCAA: $ 1:21.54  3/24/2017 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, B Ringgold
   U. S. Open: * 1:21.54  3/24/2017 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, B Ringgold
  Pool Record: ^ 1:23.19  2/24/2016 North Caroliina State Univ., NCSU-
                          H Stuart, D Hren, S Bilas, R Held
                 1:24.82  A
                 1:25.62  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Louisville                    1:25.54    1:23.41 A       64  
     1) Albiero, Nicolas FR           2) r:0.05 Claverie, Carlos SR   
     3) r:+0.0 Harting, Zach JR       4) r:0.12 Barna, Andrej SO      
    r:11.98  20.95        44.50 (23.55)
        1:04.87 (20.37)     1:23.41 (18.54)
  2 NC State                      1:23.53    1:23.93 A       56  
     1) Stewart, Coleman SO           2) r:0.36 Molacek, Jacob JR     
     3) r:0.38 Izzo, Giovanni FR      4) r:0.29 Garcia, Cobe JR       
    r:+0.57  20.65        44.48 (23.83)
        1:04.84 (20.36)     1:23.93 (19.09)
  3 Virginia                      1:26.38    1:24.69 A       54  
     1) Clark, Joe SO                 2) r:0.07 Barnum, Keefer FR     
     3) r:0.23 Keblish, Bryce JR      4) r:0.19 Georgiadis, Luke SR   
    r:11.33  21.27        44.92 (23.65)
        1:05.31 (20.39)     1:24.69 (19.38)
  4 Florida St                    1:25.95    1:24.95 B       52  
     1) Samson, Nate SO               2) r:0.24 Ankerholz, Matt SR    
     3) r:0.28 Kaleoaloha, Kanoa JR   4) r:0.11 Mylin, Chad SR        
    r:+0.51  21.51        46.00 (24.49)
        1:06.56 (20.56)     1:24.95 (18.39)
  5 Notre Dame                    1:26.67    1:25.37 B       50  
     1) Whitacre, Robert SR           2) r:0.15 Shek, Steven JR       
     3) r:0.26 Plaschka, Justin SR    4) r:0.19 Speers, Daniel JR     
    r:11.55  22.24        46.25 (24.01)
        1:06.46 (20.21)     1:25.37 (18.91)
  6 UNC                           1:28.10    1:25.92         48  
     1) Jiang, Alvin FR               2) r:+0.0 Abaliksta, Valdas FR  
     3) r:0.25 Loomis, Nicholas JR    4) r:0.26 Casey, James SR       
    r:+5.06  21.91         30.13 (8.22)
        1:06.55 (36.42)     1:25.92 (19.37)
  7 Duke                          1:26.66    1:25.99         46  
     1) St. George, Max JR            2) r:0.05 Tate, Sean JR         
     3) r:0.28 Williams, Miles SO     4) r:0.19 Legard, Yusuke JR     
    r:+5.02  21.52        45.48 (23.96)
        1:06.60 (21.12)     1:25.99 (19.39)
  8 VT                            1:27.63    1:26.03         44  
     1) Lamparella, Jake JR           2) r:0.24 Hallock, Thomas FR    
     3) r:0.18 Pierce, Harrison SR    4) r:0.19 Ho, Ian JR            
    r:+4.51  22.09        46.10 (24.01)
        1:07.05 (20.95)     1:26.03 (18.98)

In the evening’s second relay, the Wolfpack dominated the 4×200 free relay. Andreas Vazaios (1:33.70), Held (1:33.11), Anton Ipsen (1:34.08) and Ress (1:32.03) recorded a time of 6:12.92, almost four seconds ahead of runner-up Louisville.

The Cardinals’ team of Sam Steele, Harting, Marcelo Acosta and Jarrett Jones finished second in 6:16.88, with Harting recording a split of 1:32.33. Virginia’s Ryan BakerSam Schilling, Georgiadis and Cooper Wozencraft took third in 6:19.80.

Virginia Tech (6:20.18), Notre Dame (6:21.70), Georgia Tech (6:22.44), Pittsburgh (6:22.56) and Florida State (6:22.78) completed the top eight.

Event 3  Men 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 6:06.53  3/23/2017 North Carolina State Universit, NC State-NC
                          Held, Vazalos, Ree, Dahl
     ACC Meet: & 6:09.82  2/27/2017 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          A Vazaios, R Held, J Ress, S Dahl
     American: @ 6:08.61  3/22/2017 Texas
                          J Conger, J Newkirk, C Smith, T Hass
         NCAA: $ 6:06.53  3/22/2017 NC State
                          R Held, A Vazaios, J Ress, S Dahl
   U. S. Open: * 6:06.53  3/22/2017 NC State
                          R Held, A Vazaios, J Ress, S Dahl
  Pool Record: ^ 6:12.76  2/24/2016 North Carolina State Univ., NCSU-
                          R Held, S Bilas, J Ress, S Dahl
                 6:20.05  A
                 6:23.58  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                      6:19.60    6:12.92 A       64  
     1) Vazaios, Andreas JR           2) r:0.22 Held, Ryan SR         
     3) r:0.31 Ipsen, Anton Oeskov SR 4) r:0.25 Ress, Justin JR       
    r:+0.68  22.44        46.12 (46.12)
      1:09.90 (1:09.90)   1:33.70 (1:33.70)
        1:54.61 (20.91)     2:18.37 (44.67)
      2:42.38 (1:08.68)   3:06.81 (1:33.11)
        3:28.76 (21.95)     3:52.83 (46.02)
      4:16.96 (1:10.15)   4:40.89 (1:34.08)
        5:01.61 (20.72)     5:25.02 (44.13)
      5:48.92 (1:08.03)   6:12.92 (1:32.03)
  2 Louisville                    6:22.02    6:16.88 A       56  
     1) Steele, Sam SO                2) r:0.20 Harting, Zach JR      
     3) r:0.31 Acosta, Marcelo JR     4) r:0.26 Jones, Jarrett SO     
    r:+0.61  22.02        46.00 (46.00)
      1:10.37 (1:10.37)   1:34.76 (1:34.76)
        1:55.99 (21.23)     2:19.79 (45.03)
      2:43.38 (1:08.62)   3:07.09 (1:32.33)
        3:28.99 (21.90)     3:53.02 (45.93)
      4:17.52 (1:10.43)   4:41.93 (1:34.84)
        5:03.66 (21.73)     5:27.42 (45.49)
      5:52.02 (1:10.09)   6:16.88 (1:34.95)
  3 Virginia                      6:29.84    6:19.80 A       54  
     1) Baker, Ryan SO                2) r:0.24 Schilling, Sam FR     
     3) r:0.47 Georgiadis, Luke SR    4) r:0.17 Wozencraft, Cooper FR 
    r:+0.67  21.73        45.77 (45.77)
      1:10.26 (1:10.26)   1:35.04 (1:35.04)
        1:56.50 (21.46)     2:20.97 (45.93)
      2:45.56 (1:10.52)   3:10.72 (1:35.68)
        3:32.94 (22.22)     3:57.33 (46.61)
      4:21.90 (1:11.18)   4:46.19 (1:35.47)
        5:07.58 (21.39)     5:31.32 (45.13)
      5:55.35 (1:09.16)   6:19.80 (1:33.61)
  4 VT                            6:32.44    6:20.18 B       52  
     1) Stone, Lane FR                2) r:0.49 Szabo, Norbert JR     
     3) r:0.32 Pierce, Harrison SR    4) r:-0.51 Carroll, Hassler SO  
    r:+0.71  22.17        46.04 (46.04)
      1:10.28 (1:10.28)   1:34.44 (1:34.44)
        1:56.18 (21.74)     2:20.10 (45.66)
      2:44.21 (1:09.77)   3:08.61 (1:34.17)
        3:30.26 (21.65)     3:54.61 (46.00)
      4:18.81 (1:10.20)   4:43.43 (1:34.82)
        5:05.59 (22.16)     5:29.90 (46.47)
      5:54.85 (1:11.42)   6:20.18 (1:36.75)
  5 Notre Dame                    6:28.96    6:21.70 B       50  
     1) Yeadon, Zach FR               2) r:0.19 Schultz, Aaron SO     
     3) r:0.31 Jany, Benjamin SR      4) r:0.24 McKeen, Sadler FR     
    r:+0.83  22.17        46.20 (46.20)
      1:11.04 (1:11.04)   1:36.12 (1:36.12)
        1:57.74 (21.62)     2:21.62 (45.50)
      2:46.15 (1:10.03)   3:10.85 (1:34.73)
        3:32.93 (22.08)     3:57.09 (46.24)
      4:21.84 (1:10.99)   4:46.73 (1:35.88)
        5:08.32 (21.59)     5:32.00 (45.27)
      5:56.76 (1:10.03)   6:21.70 (1:34.97)
  6 GT                            6:25.58    6:22.44 B       48  
     1) Correia, Rodrigo JR           2) r:0.33 Pumputis, Caio FR     
     3) r:0.15 Ferraro, Christian FR  4) r:0.44 Williamson, Colton JR 
    r:+0.61  22.32        46.69 (46.69)
      1:11.14 (1:11.14)   1:35.74 (1:35.74)
        1:56.89 (21.15)     2:20.30 (44.56)
      2:45.09 (1:09.35)   3:10.97 (1:35.23)
        3:33.09 (22.12)     3:57.52 (46.55)
      4:22.32 (1:11.35)   4:46.74 (1:35.77)
        5:08.90 (22.16)     5:32.96 (46.22)
      5:57.78 (1:11.04)   6:22.44 (1:35.70)
  7 Pitt                          6:29.26    6:22.56 B       46  
     1) Helmbacher, Samy SO           2) r:0.20 Vorster, Eben SO      
     3) r:0.36 Remenyi, Armin FR      4) r:0.35 Lovasik, Brian JR     
    r:+0.69  21.94        45.98 (45.98)
      1:10.69 (1:10.69)   1:35.35 (1:35.35)
        1:56.85 (21.50)     2:20.82 (45.47)
      2:45.52 (1:10.17)   3:10.65 (1:35.30)
        3:32.99 (22.34)     3:57.67 (47.02)
      4:22.26 (1:11.61)   4:47.12 (1:36.47)
        5:08.61 (21.49)     5:31.96 (44.84)
      5:56.55 (1:09.43)   6:22.56 (1:35.44)
  8 Florida St                    6:27.64    6:22.78 B       44  
     1) Loock, Rudo SO                2) r:0.21 Ribeiro de Souzlipe SO
     3) r:0.15 Stefanik, Vladimir SO  4) r:0.44 Pisani, Will JR       
    r:+0.73  22.30        46.39 (46.39)
      1:10.75 (1:10.75)   1:36.54 (1:36.54)
        1:57.66 (21.12)     2:21.50 (44.96)
      2:46.11 (1:09.57)   3:10.73 (1:34.19)
        3:32.70 (21.97)     3:56.96 (46.23)
      4:21.55 (1:10.82)   4:46.98 (1:36.25)
        5:07.94 (20.96)     5:31.71 (44.73)
      5:56.76 (1:09.78)   6:22.78 (1:35.80)

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