NC State’s Ipsen, Vazaios and Held Sweep Top Seeds in ACC Men’s Day Two Prelims

NC State's Anton Ipsen -- Photo Courtesy: Todd Kirkland, theACC.com

During the first full prelims session of the men’s ACC championships in Greensboro, N.C., the NC State Wolfpack claimed the top seeds in all three events, and on all three occasions, it was the reigning ACC champion who qualified first. Looking for their fourth straight conference title, the Wolfpack will have eight A-finalists for Thursday night’s finals session.

Kicking things off in the 500 free, NC State senior Anton Ipsen laid down a strong 4:14.67 to take the top spot, and his freshman teammate Eric Knowles took second in 4:15.46. Virginia’s Sam Magnan claimed third in 4:15.64.

Notre Dame’s Zach Yeadon (4:16.27) and Virginia’s Robby Giller (4:16.95) took fourth and fifth, respectively, and they were followed by two more Wolfpack swimmers, Danny Erlenmeyer (4:17.51) and Gil Kiesler (4:17.59).

Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta, the defending conference champion in the 1650 free, took eighth in 4:18.01, knocking last year’s 500 free runner-up, North Carolina’s Henry Campbell, out of the final with his time of 4:18.49.

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               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Ipsen, Anton Oe  SR NC State          4:13.19    4:14.67 qIV17  
    r:+0.73  23.53        49.17 (25.64)
        1:15.02 (25.85)     1:41.07 (26.05)
        2:07.02 (25.95)     2:32.84 (25.82)
        2:58.71 (25.87)     3:24.32 (25.61)
        3:49.66 (25.34)     4:14.67 (25.01)
  2 Knowles, Eric    FR NC State          4:21.43    4:15.46 qIV17  
    r:+0.71  23.41        48.95 (25.54)
        1:15.05 (26.10)     1:41.11 (26.06)
        2:07.05 (25.94)     2:33.16 (26.11)
        2:59.03 (25.87)     3:24.93 (25.90)
        3:50.26 (25.33)     4:15.46 (25.20)
  3 Magnan, Sam      JR Virginia          4:23.38    4:15.64 qIV17  
    r:+0.75  23.55        49.18 (25.63)
        1:14.97 (25.79)     1:40.62 (25.65)
        2:06.60 (25.98)     2:32.46 (25.86)
        2:58.50 (26.04)     3:24.46 (25.96)
        3:50.33 (25.87)     4:15.64 (25.31)
  4 Yeadon, Zach     FR ND                4:14.93    4:16.27 qIV17  
    r:+0.82  22.91        47.83 (24.92)
        1:13.67 (25.84)     1:39.68 (26.01)
        2:05.83 (26.15)     2:32.01 (26.18)
        2:58.16 (26.15)     3:24.51 (26.35)
        3:50.76 (26.25)     4:16.27 (25.51)
  5 Giller, Robby    FR Virginia          4:31.82    4:16.95 qB     
    r:+0.70  23.88        49.46 (25.58)
        1:15.01 (25.55)     1:40.85 (25.84)
        2:06.87 (26.02)     2:33.05 (26.18)
        2:59.29 (26.24)     3:25.52 (26.23)
        3:51.86 (26.34)     4:16.95 (25.09)
  6 Erlenmeyer, Dan  SO NC State          4:21.69    4:17.51 qB     
    r:+0.66  22.96        48.06 (25.10)
        1:13.70 (25.64)     1:39.34 (25.64)
        2:05.29 (25.95)     2:31.48 (26.19)
        2:57.81 (26.33)     3:24.70 (26.89)
        3:51.62 (26.92)     4:17.51 (25.89)
  7 Kiesler, Gil     FR NC State          4:22.57    4:17.59 qB     
    r:+0.69  23.59        49.37 (25.78)
        1:15.28 (25.91)     1:41.29 (26.01)
        2:07.32 (26.03)     2:33.39 (26.07)
        2:59.60 (26.21)     3:25.84 (26.24)
        3:51.96 (26.12)     4:17.59 (25.63)
  8 Acosta, Marcelo  JR Louisville        4:16.35    4:18.01 qB     
    r:+0.74  23.57        49.46 (25.89)
        1:15.69 (26.23)     1:42.26 (26.57)
        2:08.55 (26.29)     2:34.62 (26.07)
        3:00.83 (26.21)     3:27.25 (26.42)
        3:53.09 (25.84)     4:18.01 (24.92)

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios picked up first in the men’s 200 IM prelims, setting up a defense of his title from last year. He posted a time of 1:42.62 to beat out Virginia Tech’s Norbert Szabo (1:43.72) by more than a second.

Notre Dame’s Rob Whitacre qualified third in 1:44.22, with the Louisville trio of Daniel Sos (1:44.72), Etay Gurevich (1:44.81) and Carlos Claverie (1:44.89) also getting under 1:45.

Virginia’s Bryce Keblish (1:45.04) and Florida State’s Max Polianski (1:45.12) took seventh and eighth, respectively.

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               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NC State          1:42.62    1:42.62 qIV17  
    r:+0.69  22.01        46.75 (24.74)
        1:17.05 (30.30)     1:42.62 (25.57)
  2 Szabo, Norbert   JR VT                1:47.11    1:43.72 qIV17  
    r:+0.68  22.49        48.41 (25.92)
        1:18.23 (29.82)     1:43.72 (25.49)
  3 Whitacre, Rober  SR ND                1:47.57    1:44.22 qIV17  
    r:+0.70  22.90        48.04 (25.14)
        1:18.93 (30.89)     1:44.22 (25.29)
  4 Sos, Daniel      FR Louisville        1:46.14    1:44.72 qB     
    r:+0.73  23.02        49.20 (26.18)
        1:19.17 (29.97)     1:44.72 (25.55)
  5 Gurevich, Etay   SO Louisville        1:46.11    1:44.81 qB     
    r:+0.67  22.36        49.40 (27.04)
        1:18.94 (29.54)     1:44.81 (25.87)
  6 Claverie, Carlo  SR Louisville        1:45.70    1:44.89 qB     
    r:+0.71  22.94        49.88 (26.94)
        1:18.88 (29.00)     1:44.89 (26.01)
  7 Keblish, Bryce   JR Virginia          1:49.35    1:45.04 qB     
    r:+0.67  21.76        47.91 (26.15)
        1:19.22 (31.31)     1:45.04 (25.82)
  8 Polianski, Max   SO Florida St        1:46.37    1:45.12 qB     
    r:+0.75  22.66        48.43 (25.77)
        1:19.33 (30.90)     1:45.12 (25.79)

To put a cap on the brief morning session, NC State’s Ryan Held and Justin Ress posted the top two times in the 50 free. Held came in at 18.86, with Ress just behind in 18.96. Those two join Caeleb Dressel (18.66) as the only men to officially break 19 seconds so far this season.

(Auburn’s Zach Apple posted an 18.91 leading off his team’s 200 free relay at the SEC championships last week, and after his team was disqualified on the second changeover, his time does not appear to count.)

Louisville’s Andrej Barna, who delivered the Cardinals a win in the 200 medley relay with an 18.54 anchor split, came in third in qualifying in 19.16. Florida State’s Will Pisani took fourth in 19.28.

Other A-finalists include Virginia Tech’s Ian Ho (19.38), NC Stae’s Giovanni Izzo (19.39), Florida State’s Chad Myin (19.43) and Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka (19.51).

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               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Held, Ryan       SR NC State            19.06      18.86 qA     
     r:+0.64  9.12         18.86 (9.74)
  2 Ress, Justin     JR NC State            19.40      18.96 qA     
     r:+0.66  9.17         18.96 (9.79)
  3 Barna, Andrej    SO Louisville          19.44      19.15 qIV17  
     r:+0.61  9.27         19.15 (9.88)
  4 Pisani, Will     JR Florida St          19.54      19.28 qIV17  
     r:+0.64  9.37         19.28 (9.91)
  5 Ho, Ian          JR VT                  19.64      19.38 qIV17  
         r:+0.61                       
  6 Izzo, Giovanni   FR NC State            19.85      19.39 qIV17  
     r:+0.64  9.23        19.39 (10.16)
  7 Mylin, Chad      SR Florida St          19.35      19.43 qIV17  
     r:+0.68  9.47         19.43 (9.96)
  8 Plaschka, Justi  SR ND                  19.60      19.51 qB     
     r:+0.60  9.45        19.51 (10.06)

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