Ryan Held Blasts ACC Championships Record During Day 2 Prelims

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The first prelims session of the 2017 men’s ACC championships featured action in the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. NC State posted a strong effort in the heats, as in all three events Wolfpack swimmers claimed two of the top three qualifying spots for Tuesday night’s finals.

The highlight came in the 50 free, where Ryan Held took down the ACC championship record in the event.

North Carolina got off to a rough start at the men’s ACC championships when the Tar Heels were disqualified in the 200 medley relay, but they got back on track in the 500 free as Henry Campbell dropped more than seven seconds from his seed time to top prelims in 4:14.20.

Campbell will have tough competition on either side of him in the finals as NC State’s Adam Linker and Anton Ipsen qualified second and third, respectively. Linker finished in 4:14.52, while Ipsen, the defending champion, posted a time of 4:14.83 to fall just short of his season best of 4:13.40.

Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta was fourth in 4:14.93, and Virginia’s Sam Magnan took fifth in 4:17.94. Louisville got a second swimmer into the top heat with sixth-place finisher Zach Harting (4:18.28), and he was followed by Pittsburgh’s Aaron Sett (4:18.29) and North Carolina’s Jorden Merrilees (4:18.47).

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
         Pool: * 4:08.60  12/5/2008 Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
         NCAA: # 4:08.60  3/23/2006 Peter Vanderkaay, Michigan
     American: @ 4:08.54  2/9/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
   U. S. Open: ! 4:08.54  2/9/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
                 4:13.22  A
                 4:17.73  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 4:24.99  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Campbell, Henry  JR UNC               4:21.60    4:14.20 qIV16  
    r:+0.63  23.15        48.81 (25.66)
        1:14.74 (25.93)     1:40.61 (25.87)
        2:06.44 (25.83)     2:32.55 (26.11)
        2:58.18 (25.63)     3:23.71 (25.53)
        3:49.15 (25.44)     4:14.20 (25.05)
  2 Linker, Adam     SR NCSU              4:17.97    4:14.52 qIV16  
    r:+0.71  23.47        49.04 (25.57)
        1:15.05 (26.01)     1:40.93 (25.88)
        2:06.93 (26.00)     2:32.83 (25.90)
        2:58.52 (25.69)     3:24.07 (25.55)
        3:49.52 (25.45)     4:14.52 (25.00)
  3 Ipsen, Anton Oe  JR NCSU              4:13.40    4:14.83 qIV16  
    r:+0.73  23.51        49.10 (25.59)
        1:14.74 (25.64)     1:40.78 (26.04)
        2:06.89 (26.11)     2:32.96 (26.07)
        2:58.58 (25.62)     3:24.36 (25.78)
        3:49.82 (25.46)     4:14.83 (25.01)
  4 Acosta, Marcelo  SO Louisville        4:16.49    4:14.93 qIV16  
    r:+0.67  23.28        48.60 (25.32)
        1:14.22 (25.62)     1:39.97 (25.75)
        2:05.84 (25.87)     2:31.89 (26.05)
        2:57.66 (25.77)     3:23.64 (25.98)
        3:49.61 (25.97)     4:14.93 (25.32)
  5 Magnan, Samuel   SO UVA               4:18.82    4:17.94 qB     
    r:+0.71  23.25        48.59 (25.34)
        1:14.46 (25.87)     1:40.46 (26.00)
        2:06.73 (26.27)     2:32.87 (26.14)
        2:59.36 (26.49)     3:25.56 (26.20)
        3:51.94 (26.38)     4:17.94 (26.00)
  6 Harting, Zach    SO Louisville        4:24.00    4:18.28 qB     
    r:+0.65  23.09        48.80 (25.71)
        1:15.02 (26.22)     1:40.95 (25.93)
        2:06.66 (25.71)     2:32.71 (26.05)
        2:58.86 (26.15)     3:25.35 (26.49)
        3:51.91 (26.56)     4:18.28 (26.37)
  7 Sett, Aaron      SO PITT              4:25.69    4:18.29 qB     
    r:+0.72  23.83        49.35 (25.52)
        1:15.12 (25.77)     1:41.12 (26.00)
        2:07.39 (26.27)     2:33.60 (26.21)
        2:59.81 (26.21)     3:26.10 (26.29)
        3:52.33 (26.23)     4:18.29 (25.96)
  8 Merrilees, Jord  SR UNC               4:17.86    4:18.47 qB     
    r:+0.70  23.31        49.13 (25.82)
        1:15.31 (26.18)     1:41.32 (26.01)
        2:07.37 (26.05)     2:33.69 (26.32)
        3:00.13 (26.44)     3:26.80 (26.67)
        3:53.77 (26.97)     4:18.47 (24.70)

NC State finished 1-2-4 in the 200 IM, led Andreas Vazaios, who topped the field in 1:41.94, the fifth-fastest mark in the country this season. Soeren Dahl finished second in 1:42.32, good for No. 7 nationally, and Justin Ress took fourth in 1:43.23.

Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala picked up the third seed with a time of 1:42.59, and the defending ACC champion in the event looks to be in strong form after opening the meet with a blistering 23.02 breaststroke split on the Hokies’ fourth place 200 medley elay.

UNC’s Michael Meyer grabbed fifth in 1:43.88, and Florida State’s Jason Coombs touched sixth in 1:44.03. Two more Hokie swimmers got into the final as the last two qualifiers, Robert Owen (1:44.30) and Norbert Szabo (1:44.34).

Event 5  Men 200 Yard IM
==================================================================
   Conference: % 1:41.92  2/27/2014 Pavel Sankovich, Florida St.
     ACC Meet: & 1:41.92  2/27/2014 Pavel Sankovich, Florida St.
         Pool: * 1:40.04  3/24/2016 Will Licon, Texas-ST
         NCAA: # 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford-PC
     American: @ 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford-PC
   U. S. Open: ! 1:39.38  3/26/2015 David Nolan, Stanford-PC
                 1:42.15  A
                 1:44.41  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 1:49.09  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NCSU              1:43.97    1:41.94 qA     
    r:+0.69  22.63        47.65 (25.02)
        1:17.05 (29.40)     1:41.94 (24.89)
  2 Dahl, Soeren     SR NCSU              1:44.46    1:42.32 qIV16  
    r:+0.76  22.36        48.87 (26.51)
        1:17.76 (28.89)     1:42.32 (24.56)
  3 Fiala, Brandon   SR VT                1:45.27    1:42.59 qIV16  
    r:+0.66  22.00        48.11 (26.11)
        1:17.29 (29.18)     1:42.59 (25.30)
  4 Ress, Justin     SO NCSU              1:48.53    1:43.23 qIV16  
    r:+0.63  21.85        47.59 (25.74)
        1:18.53 (30.94)     1:43.23 (24.70)
  5 Meyer, Michael   SR UNC               1:46.34    1:43.88 qIV16  
    r:+0.68  23.07        49.36 (26.29)
        1:19.24 (29.88)     1:43.88 (24.64)
  6 Coombs, Jason    SR FSU               1:48.30    1:44.03 qIV16  
    r:+0.64  22.79        49.19 (26.40)
        1:18.39 (29.20)     1:44.03 (25.64)
  7 Owen, Robert     SR VT                1:46.72    1:44.30 qIV16  
    r:+0.74  23.09        48.49 (25.40)
        1:18.77 (30.28)     1:44.30 (25.53)
  8 Szabo, Norbert   SO VT                1:44.92    1:44.34 qIV16  
    r:+0.67  22.26        48.53 (26.27)
        1:18.52 (29.99)     1:44.34 (25.82)

Held then rounded out the morning with a quick time of 18.77 in the 50 free. The time is a new ACC championships record and is just one one-hundredth off Simonas Bilis’ conference record of 18.76. Held now ranks behind only Caeleb Dressel (18.46) and Joseph Schooling (18.76) in the country this season, and on the all-time list, his time ranks 11th.

NC State finished 1-2 in the event as Andreas Schiellerup qualified second in 19.44, just ahead of Notre Dame’s Daniel Speers and Florida State’s Chad Mylin.

Speers and Mylin will each have a teammate join them in the final as Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka finished fifth in 19.54, and FSU’s Jason McCormick took seventh in 19.59. Also making the final were Virginia Tech’s Ian Ho (19.58) and Louisville’s Trevor Carroll (19.61).

Event 6  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
   Conference: % 18.76  3/26/2016 Simonas Bilis, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 18.92  2/25/2016 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
         Pool: * 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         NCAA: # 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
     American: @ 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: ! 18.20  3/24/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
                 19.09  A
                 19.53  IV16 NCAA Invited 2016
                 20.19  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Held, Ryan       JR NCSU                19.09      18.77&qA     
     r:+0.64  9.11         18.77 (9.66)
  2 Schiellerup, An  SR NCSU                20.02      19.44 qIV16  
     r:+0.68  9.43        19.44 (10.01)
  3 Speers, Daniel   SO Notre Dame          20.00      19.45 qIV16  
     r:+0.65  9.42        19.45 (10.03)
  4 Mylin, Chad      JR FSU                 19.49      19.46 qIV16  
     r:+0.65  9.33        19.46 (10.13)
  5 Plaschka, Justi  JR Notre Dame          19.91      19.54 qB     
     r:+0.58  9.41        19.54 (10.13)
  6 Ho, Ian          SO VT                  19.87      19.58 qB     
     r:+0.58  9.60         19.58 (9.98)
  7 McCormick, Jaso  SR FSU                 19.45      19.59 qB     
     r:+0.66  9.42        19.59 (10.17)
  8 Carroll, Trevor  SR Louisville          20.09      19.61 qB     
     r:+0.64  9.40        19.61 (10.21)

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3 Comments

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  1. Dan Hemenway

    Daniel Hemenway Claire Holloway. I am sure there will be more posts to come. As well as some from the NCAA championships. Read all they through as Ryan’s event is the last individual event of the morning session.

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