North Carolina State Scares U.S. Open, NCAA Record in 200 Medley Relay on Day 1 of ACC Championships

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, February 26. THE North Carolina State Wolfpack showed up for the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in a big way, scaring the NCAA record in the 200 medley relay.

Andreas Schiellerup (backstroke: 21.23), Ian Bishop (breaststroke: 23.71), Barrett Miesfeld (butterfly: 20.39) and David Williams (freestyle: 18.45) posted an overall time of 1:23.78 to become the first ACC school under the 1:24 barrier, and put them just .53 behind the NCAA and U.S. Open record of 1:23.25 set by Michigan last year at the NCAA championships. Since Schiellerup is Danish, the team is not eligible for the American record of 1:23.02 swum by the SwimMAC team last December. Notably, it’s a school record for NC State by a large margin, beating their 1:26.48 from last season. And it’s a conference meet record, breaking the 1:24.84 swum by Florida State last season.

Also notable of the swim is the use of Williams on the freestyle leg. Williams went into the meet as the fifth-fastest NC State swimmer in the event – fourth if you remove top-ranked Schiellerup – which means they possibly have a faster relay in the offing next month.

Florida State beat their meet record, posting a 1:24.72 for second place that will also be competitive next month. Virginia Tech was third with a 1:24.97. Virginia (1:24.98), Notre Dame (1:25.46) and North Carolina (1:25.80) also posted automatic NCAA qualifying times.

The Wolfpack followed up their stunning sprint relay with a 6:15.58 in the 800 free relay to sweep the events on opening day. The time just missed the meet record of 6:15.02 posted in 2009 by Virginia (a squad that included future Olympian Matt McLean). Virginia Tech claimed second with a 6:19.69, while Notre Dame claimed third with a 6:21.74. The top five all automatically qualified for NCAAs in the event, with Georgia Tech (6:23.68) and Virginia (6:23.84) placing fourth and fifth.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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