NC State Men Cap Off ACC Title with American Record in 4×100 Free Relay

Photo Courtesy: Sarah D. Davis/theACC.com

The NC State Wolfpack finished off their dominant effort at the ACC championships in Greensboro, N.C., 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
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   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 
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  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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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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