Peter Kropp Takes Down ACC Record During Day 3 Prelims

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The third day of action at the men’s ACC championships in Atlanta featured a new conference record as Duke’s Peter Kropp edged out Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala for the top seed in the men’s 100 breast.

Meanwhile, the NC State Wolfpack, currently sporting a 471-402.5 lead over Louisville, placed 11 swimmers into championship finals, but the Cardinals will not go away after putting nine up.

One day after qualifying first for the final of the 500 free and then finishing a close second in the final, UNC’s Henry Campbell posted the top time into the final of the 400 IM with a 3:42.25, moving him into the top ten in the NCAA this season. One of the breakout stories of the meet so far, Campbell finished almost a second ahead of the defending champion in the event, Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen, who qualified second in 3:43.22.

Louisville freshman Etay Gurevich was third in 3:43.93, and just behind him was UNC’s Michael Meyer (3:43.93). NC State’s Anton Ipsen, who edged out Campbell to win the 500 free, qualified fifth in 3:44.97.

Keegan Foulke, another Louisville freshman, picked up the sixth seed for the final with his time of 3:46.54, and he was followed by NC State’s Adam Linker (3:46.55) and Virginia Tech’s Zach Switzer (3:47.03).

Event 9  Men 400 Yard IM
==================================================================
   Conference: % 3:38.00  3/27/2009 Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech
     ACC Meet: & 3:39.33  2/27/2009 Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech
         Pool: * 3:35.82  3/24/2016 Josh Prenot, California-PC
         NCAA: # 3:34.50  3/28/2014 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
     American: @ 3:34.50  3/28/2014 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
   U. S. Open: ! 3:34.50  3/28/2014 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
                 3:40.75  A
                 3:45.61  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 3:54.49  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Campbell, Henry  JR UNC               3:48.22    3:42.25 qIV16  
    r:+0.64  23.47        50.55 (27.08)
        1:19.39 (28.84)     1:47.90 (28.51)
        2:18.91 (31.01)     2:50.54 (31.63)
        3:17.05 (26.51)     3:42.25 (25.20)
  2 Owen, Robert     SR VT                3:48.30    3:43.22 qIV16  
    r:+0.73  23.41        50.21 (26.80)
        1:18.20 (27.99)     1:45.35 (27.15)
        2:17.37 (32.02)     2:50.14 (32.77)
        3:17.43 (27.29)     3:43.22 (25.79)
  3 Gurevich, Etay   FR Louisville        3:43.96    3:43.93 qIV16  
    r:+0.68  23.49        50.32 (26.83)
        1:19.52 (29.20)     1:48.94 (29.42)
        2:19.19 (30.25)     2:50.96 (31.77)
        3:17.77 (26.81)     3:43.93 (26.16)
  4 Meyer, Michael   SR UNC               3:45.95    3:44.24 qIV16  
    r:+0.70  24.19        51.79 (27.60)
        1:21.10 (29.31)     1:49.44 (28.34)
        2:20.97 (31.53)     2:52.24 (31.27)
        3:18.98 (26.74)     3:44.24 (25.26)
  5 Ipsen, Anton Oe  JR NCSU              3:45.40    3:44.97 qIV16  
    r:+0.72  24.62        52.31 (27.69)
        1:21.65 (29.34)     1:49.57 (27.92)
        2:20.67 (31.10)     2:52.46 (31.79)
        3:19.38 (26.92)     3:44.97 (25.59)
  6 Foulke, Keegan   FR Louisville        3:49.50    3:46.54 qB     
    r:+0.67  24.28        52.39 (28.11)
        1:21.80 (29.41)     1:50.92 (29.12)
        2:21.65 (30.73)     2:53.23 (31.58)
        3:20.01 (26.78)     3:46.54 (26.53)
  7 Linker, Adam     SR NCSU              3:52.23    3:46.55 qB     
    r:+0.70  25.09        53.39 (28.30)
        1:23.14 (29.75)     1:51.99 (28.85)
        2:23.82 (31.83)     2:55.56 (31.74)
        3:21.52 (25.96)     3:46.55 (25.03)
  8 Switzer, Zachar  SR VT                3:56.36    3:47.03 qB     
    r:+0.67  24.27        51.67 (27.40)
        1:20.73 (29.06)     1:50.03 (29.30)
        2:21.53 (31.50)     2:52.81 (31.28)
        3:20.15 (27.34)     3:47.03 (26.88)

One night after setting a new conference record to win the 50 free, NC State’s Ryan Held topped prelims of the 100 fly with his time of 45.81. But after demolishing the field in the 50 by seven tenths of a second, he figures to have some much tougher competition in the butterfly race.

Louisville’s Josh Quallen qualified second in 45.81, and just behind him was NC State’s Andreas Vazaios, who posted a time of 45.99 after posting a new conference record in the 200 IM a night earlier.

Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka, the runner-up in the 50 free, qualified fourth in 46.05, and also making the final were Louisville’s Zach Harting (46.42), Virginia’s Bryce Keblish (46.58), Louisville’s David Boland (46.62) and NC State’s Coleman Stewart (46.80).

Event 10  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
==================================================================
   Conference: % 45.00  3/28/2014 Pavel Sankovich, Florida St.
     ACC Meet: & 45.12  2/28/2014 Pavel Sankovich, Florida St.
         Pool: * 43.84  12/5/2016 Tom Shields, Cal
         NCAA: # 44.01  3/25/2016 Joseph Schooling, Texas-ST
     American: @ 44.18  3/27/2009 Austin Staab, Stanford
   U. S. Open: ! 44.01  3/25/2016 Joseph Schooling, Texas-ST
                 45.73  A
                 46.44  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 48.49  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Held, Ryan       JR NCSU                46.06      45.61 qA     
    r:+0.61  20.63        45.61 (24.98)
  2 Quallen, Joshua  SR Louisville          47.07      45.81 qIV16  
    r:+0.66  21.39        45.81 (24.42)
  3 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NCSU                46.90      45.99 qIV16  
    r:+0.71  21.53        45.99 (24.46)
  4 Plaschka, Justi  JR Notre Dame          46.82      46.05 qIV16  
    r:+0.60  21.40        46.05 (24.65)
  5 Harting, Zach    SO Louisville          47.72      46.42 qIV16  
    r:+0.62  21.53        46.42 (24.89)
  6 Keblish, Bryce   SO UVA                 46.65      46.58 qB     
    r:+0.67  21.64        46.58 (24.94)
  7 Boland, David    SR Louisville          46.97      46.62 qB     
    r:+0.64  21.79        46.62 (24.83)
  8 Stewart, Colema  FR NCSU                48.33      46.80 qB     
    r:+0.63  21.81        46.80 (24.99)

The NC State Wolfpack picked up the top seed in a second straight event and claimed the second seed in the 200 free for good measure. Soeren Dahl led the way with his time of 1:32.94, ranked No. 7 in the country. Teammate Justin Ress finished second in 1:33.48, and the duo will look to improve on respective third and fourth-place finishes from the 200 IM.

Louisville’s Trevor Carroll, who finished fourth in the 50 free, picked up lane three for the final with his time of 1:33.84, and fourth went to Georgia Tech’s Rodrigo Castro in 1:34.18. North Carolina’s Jorden Merrilees qualified fifth in 1:34.40.

Picking up the last qualifying spots for the A-final were Louisville’s Mattias Lindenbauer (1:34.59), Virginia Tech’s Norbert Szabo (1:34.86) and Notre Dame’s Reed Fujan (1:34.95).

Event 11  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
   Conference: % 1:32.02  3/23/2016 Simonas Bilis, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 1:32.45  2/26/2010 Scot Robison, Virginia   -VA
         Pool: * 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
         NCAA: # 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
     American: @ 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
   U. S. Open: ! 1:30.46  3/25/2016 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
                 1:33.34  A
                 1:34.67  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 1:37.99  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Dahl, Soeren     SR NCSU              1:34.52    1:32.94 qA     
    r:+0.74  21.90        45.61 (23.71)
        1:09.18 (23.57)     1:32.94 (23.76)
  2 Ress, Justin     SO NCSU              1:36.36    1:33.48 qIV16  
    r:+0.65  21.38        45.20 (23.82)
        1:09.15 (23.95)     1:33.48 (24.33)
  3 Carroll, Trevor  SR Louisville        1:34.91    1:33.84 qIV16  
    r:+0.66  22.04        46.08 (24.04)
        1:09.74 (23.66)     1:33.84 (24.10)
  4 Correia, Rodrig  SO GT                1:35.58    1:34.18 qIV16  
    r:+0.61  21.81        45.78 (23.97)
        1:09.63 (23.85)     1:34.18 (24.55)
  5 Merrilees, Jord  SR UNC               1:34.31    1:34.40 qIV16  
    r:+0.70  22.41        46.43 (24.02)
        1:10.32 (23.89)     1:34.40 (24.08)
  6 Lindenbauer, Ma  SR Louisville        1:35.11    1:34.59 qIV16  
    r:+0.65  22.27        46.15 (23.88)
        1:10.25 (24.10)     1:34.59 (24.34)
  7 Szabo, Norbert   SO VT                1:36.67    1:34.86 qB     
    r:+0.68  22.11        46.56 (24.45)
        1:10.77 (24.21)     1:34.86 (24.09)
  8 Fujan, Reed      SR Notre Dame        1:36.28    1:34.95 qB     
    r:+0.60  21.94        46.21 (24.27)
        1:10.52 (24.31)     1:34.95 (24.43)

Duke’s Peter Kropp and Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala will go head-to-head in the 100 breast final after both went under the existing ACC record in prelims. Kropp finished in 51.46, and Fiala touched in 51.50. That erased the previous conference mark of 51.83 set by Thomas Dahlia in 2015 and the ACC meet record of 51.86 Fiala set on his way to a conference title last season.

The times also rank fourth and tied for fifth in the country this year, respectively.

Both Kropp and Fiala are seniors, and a third senior, Notre Dame’s Trent Jackson, picked up the third qualifying spot in 52.44. Louisville’s Carlos Claverie qualified fourth in 52.47 and will be lurking from lane six.

The Blue Devils put up a second swimmer in the A-final as Dylan Payne touched in 52.69, just ahead of UNC’s Craig Emslie (52.73), NC State’s Derek Hren (52.77) and Georgia Tech’s Moises Loschi (52.96).

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
   Conference: % 51.83  3/27/2015 Thomas Dahlia, Louisville
     ACC Meet: & 51.86  2/26/2016 Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
         Pool: * 51.29  3/25/2016 Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri-MV
         NCAA: # 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
     American: @ 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
   U. S. Open: ! 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
                 51.93  A
                 52.92  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 55.39  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Kropp, Peter     SR Duke                52.60      51.46%qA     
    r:+0.62  23.70        51.46 (27.76)
  2 Fiala, Brandon   SR VT                  53.15      51.50%qA     
    r:+0.61  24.29        51.50 (27.21)
  3 Jackson, Trent   SR Notre Dame          54.41      52.44 qIV16  
    r:+0.69  24.67        52.44 (27.77)
  4 Claverie, Carlo  JR Louisville          52.37      52.47 qIV16  
    r:+0.72  24.62        52.47 (27.85)
  5 Payne, Dylan     SR Duke                53.09      52.69 qIV16  
    r:+0.66  24.48        52.69 (28.21)
  6 Emslie, Craig    JR UNC                 53.40      52.73 qIV16  
    r:+0.70  24.57        52.73 (28.16)
  7 Hren, Derek      SR NCSU                53.13      52.77 qIV16  
    r:+0.65  24.58        52.77 (28.19)
  8 Loschi, Moises   JR GT                  53.19      52.96 qB     
    r:+0.60  25.12        52.96 (27.84)

Louisville’s Gregory Tarasevich blasted a 45.52 to claim lane four for the 100 back final. Tarasevich owns the conference record with a 45.24 and the ACC meet record with a 45.28, both set last season, and he will have a chance at challenging those marks in the final.

Virginia’s Joe Clark and NC State’s Andreas Schiellerup both broke the 46-second mark as Clark qualified second in 45.86 and Schiellerup touched third in 45.98. The next two qualifiers were also members of the NC State Wolfpack: Coleman Stewart (46.18) and Hennessey Stuart (46.21).

Notre Dame’s Robert Whitacre qualified sixth in 46.53, followed by Pitt’s Henrique Machado (46.58) and Florida State’s Connor Kalisz (46.76).

Event 13  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
   Conference: % 45.24  3/24/2016 Grigory Tarasevich, LOU-KY
     ACC Meet: & 45.28  2/26/2016 Grigory Tarasevich, LOU-KY
         Pool: * 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         NCAA: # 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
     American: @ 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
   U. S. Open: ! 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
                 45.37  A
                 46.51  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 48.49  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Tarasevich, Gri  SR Louisville          45.78      45.52 qIV16  
    r:+0.54  22.15        45.52 (23.37)
  2 Clark, Joseph    FR UVA                 46.31      45.86 qIV16  
    r:+0.59  22.03        45.86 (23.83)
  3 Schiellerup, An  SR NCSU                47.74      45.98 qIV16  
    r:+0.61  22.23        45.98 (23.75)
  4 Stewart, Colema  FR NCSU                46.90      46.18 qIV16  
    r:+0.60  22.00        46.18 (24.18)
  5 Stuart, Henness  JR NCSU                46.56      46.21 qIV16  
    r:+0.52  22.40        46.21 (23.81)
  6 Whitacre, Rober  JR Notre Dame          47.69      46.53 qB     
    r:+0.67  22.50        46.53 (24.03)
  7 Machado, Henriq  SR PITT                47.71      46.58 qB     
    r:+0.65  22.18        46.58 (24.40)
  8 Kalisz, Connor   JR FSU                 47.18      46.76 qB     
    r:+0.70  22.39        46.76 (24.37)

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