2017 Men’s ACC Championships Day 2 Finals: NC State Sweeps Four Finals, Two ACC Records

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Through two nights of action at the men’s ACC championships in Atlanta, the North Carolina State Wolfpack have won every swimming event contested. After winning both the 200 medley and 800 free relays on day one, the Wolfpack won the meet’s first three individual events of the meet and took the 200 free relay for a fourth straight year.

Among the highlights of the night, NC State’s Andreas Vazaios and Ryan Held each set conference records, and the Wolfpack have already accumulated 471 points. Louisville stands second with 402.5, followed by Virginia Tech (384), Notre Dame (365.5) and Florida State (337).

500 free

NC State’s Anton Ipsen won the first individual event of the meet for the third straight year, but he had to work for this one as UNC’s Henry Campbell went stroke-for-stroke with the Olympian from Denmark for the entire distance. Even with a furious sprint on the final 50 (24.57), Ipsen could not shake Campbell, who finished with the exact same final split.

But Ipsen managed to throw his hand onto the wall 0.19 ahead of his Tar Heel rival, 4:11.92 to 4:12.11. Ipsen’s time was good for No. 4 in the country this season, while Campbell’s time ranks him in a tie for seventh. Rounding out the podium was Ipsen’s NC State teammate Adam Linker, who finished in 4:13.93.

UNC’s Jorden Merrilees touched fourth in 4:16.55, and he was followed by Louisville teammates Zach Harting (4:16.67) and Marcelo Acosta (4:16.68). Also making the final were Virginia’s Sam Magnan (4:17.36) and Pitt’s Aaron Sett (4:22.61).

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            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ipsen, Anton Oe  JR NCSU              4:14.83    4:11.92 A       32  
    r:+0.72  23.33        48.76 (25.43)
        1:14.33 (25.57)     1:40.08 (25.75)
        2:05.87 (25.79)     2:31.49 (25.62)
        2:56.90 (25.41)     3:22.22 (25.32)
        3:47.35 (25.13)     4:11.92 (24.57)
  2 Campbell, Henry  JR UNC               4:14.20    4:12.11 A       28  
    r:+0.65  23.43        48.76 (25.33)
        1:14.26 (25.50)     1:40.01 (25.75)
        2:05.90 (25.89)     2:31.80 (25.90)
        2:57.01 (25.21)     3:22.27 (25.26)
        3:47.54 (25.27)     4:12.11 (24.57)
  3 Linker, Adam     SR NCSU              4:14.52    4:13.93 IV16    27  
    r:+0.72  23.81        49.20 (25.39)
        1:15.10 (25.90)     1:40.65 (25.55)
        2:06.59 (25.94)     2:32.41 (25.82)
        2:58.11 (25.70)     3:23.62 (25.51)
        3:48.93 (25.31)     4:13.93 (25.00)
  4 Merrilees, Jord  SR UNC               4:18.47    4:16.15 IV16    26  
    r:+0.71  23.31        48.78 (25.47)
        1:14.81 (26.03)     1:41.11 (26.30)
        2:07.33 (26.22)     2:33.25 (25.92)
        2:59.48 (26.23)     3:25.90 (26.42)
        3:51.64 (25.74)     4:16.15 (24.51)
  5 Harting, Zach    SO Louisville        4:18.28    4:16.67 IV16    25  
    r:+0.64  23.43        49.29 (25.86)
        1:15.40 (26.11)     1:41.76 (26.36)
        2:07.76 (26.00)     2:34.20 (26.44)
        2:59.87 (25.67)     3:25.77 (25.90)
        3:51.61 (25.84)     4:16.67 (25.06)
  6 Acosta, Marcelo  SO Louisville        4:14.93    4:16.68 IV16    24  
    r:+0.70  23.43        48.85 (25.42)
        1:14.55 (25.70)     1:40.55 (26.00)
        2:06.27 (25.72)     2:32.13 (25.86)
        2:58.14 (26.01)     3:24.42 (26.28)
        3:51.27 (26.85)     4:16.68 (25.41)
  7 Magnan, Samuel   SO UVA               4:17.94    4:17.36 IV16    23  
    r:+0.75  23.52        49.11 (25.59)
        1:14.86 (25.75)     1:40.77 (25.91)
        2:06.71 (25.94)     2:32.82 (26.11)
        2:59.00 (26.18)     3:25.34 (26.34)
        3:51.65 (26.31)     4:17.36 (25.71)
  8 Sett, Aaron      SO PITT              4:18.29    4:22.61 B       22  
    r:+0.73  23.93        49.73 (25.80)
        1:15.86 (26.13)     1:42.06 (26.20)
        2:08.38 (26.32)     2:35.00 (26.62)
        3:01.84 (26.84)     3:28.50 (26.66)
        3:55.62 (27.12)     4:22.61 (26.99)

200 IM

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios blasted a 24.56 backstroke split—by far the fastest in the field—to pull ahead of everyone else in the heat, and he kept Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala at bay on the breaststroke leg before pulling away on the free. Vazaios finished in 1:41.25 to post the top time in the country, one one-hundredth of the 1:41.26 posted by Georgia’s Chase Kalisz in December.

The time also crushed Pavel Sankovich’s ACC conference and meet record of 1:41.92 set in 2014. Vazaios had been just off that mark in prelims with his time of 1:41.94.

Fiala, last year’s ACC champion in the event, finished second in 1:42.09, just holding off NC State’s Soeren Dahl, who touched in 1:42.26. Another Wolfpack swimmer, Justin Ress, touched fifth in 1:43.44.

UNC’s Michael Meyer finished fifth in 1:44.00, while VT’s Robert Owen, the 2016 ACC champion in the 400 IM, touched sixth in 1:44.63. Another Hokie, Norbert Szabo, finished seventh in 1:44.80, and FSU’s Jason Coombs took eighth in 1:45.05.

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            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Vazaios, Andrea  JR NCSU              1:41.94    1:41.25%A       32  
    r:+0.68  22.40        46.96 (24.56)
        1:16.43 (29.47)     1:41.25 (24.82)
  2 Fiala, Brandon   SR VT                1:42.59    1:42.09 A       28  
    r:+0.65  21.90        47.99 (26.09)
        1:16.96 (28.97)     1:42.09 (25.13)
  3 Dahl, Soeren     SR NCSU              1:42.32    1:42.26 IV16    27  
    r:+0.76  22.60        49.01 (26.41)
        1:18.11 (29.10)     1:42.26 (24.15)
  4 Ress, Justin     SO NCSU              1:43.23    1:43.44 IV16    26  
    r:+0.66  22.40        48.03 (25.63)
        1:19.17 (31.14)     1:43.44 (24.27)
  5 Meyer, Michael   SR UNC               1:43.88    1:44.00 IV16    25  
    r:+0.67  22.92        49.11 (26.19)
        1:19.17 (30.06)     1:44.00 (24.83)
  6 Owen, Robert     SR VT                1:44.30    1:44.63 B       24  
    r:+0.75  23.38        48.60 (25.22)
        1:19.84 (31.24)     1:44.63 (24.79)
  7 Szabo, Norbert   SO VT                1:44.34    1:44.80 B       23  
    r:+0.67  22.24        48.20 (25.96)
        1:18.81 (30.61)     1:44.80 (25.99)
  8 Coombs, Jason    SR FSU               1:44.03    1:45.05 B       22  
    r:+0.63  22.74        48.97 (26.23)
        1:18.79 (29.82)     1:45.05 (26.26)

50 free:

Even sporting a full beard, NC State’s Ryan Held won the shortest race on the program by a full bodylength and seven tenths of a second, finishing in 18.68. The time breaks the ACC record of 18.76 set by former teammate Simonas Bilis last season and ranks No. 2 in the country this year behind Caeleb Dressel’s 18.46.

Held also improved to seventh all-time in the event, and the only two Americans that have ever been quicker are Dressel and Nathan Adrian.

While Held won the race by seven tenths, the next six finishers were split by only seven one-hundredths. Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka came out on top of that pack with his time of 19.38, just one one-hundredth ahead of Florida State’s Chad Mylin (19.40).

Just one one-hundredth back from Mylin was Louisville’s Trevor Carroll (19.40), and another one-hundredth behind was FSU’s Jason McCormick (19.41). Two one-hundredths split the next two finishers: Notre Dame’s Daniel Speers (19.43) and NC State’s Andreas Schiellerup (19.45). Rounding out the field was Virginia Tech’s Ian Ho (19.71).

Event 6  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 18.76  3/26/2016 Simonas Bilis, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 18.77  2/28/2017 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            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Held, Ryan       JR NCSU                18.77      18.68%A       32  
     r:+0.64  8.98         18.68 (9.70)
  2 Plaschka, Justi  JR Notre Dame          19.54      19.38 IV16    28  
     r:+0.60  9.32        19.38 (10.06)
  3 Mylin, Chad      JR FSU                 19.46      19.39 IV16    27  
     r:+0.67  9.37        19.39 (10.02)
  4 Carroll, Trevor  SR Louisville          19.61      19.40 IV16    26  
     r:+0.63  9.39        19.40 (10.01)
  5 McCormick, Jaso  SR FSU                 19.59      19.41 IV16    25  
     r:+0.68  9.30        19.41 (10.11)
  6 Speers, Daniel   SO Notre Dame          19.45      19.43 IV16    24  
     r:+0.61  9.51         19.43 (9.92)
  7 Schiellerup, An  SR NCSU                19.44      19.45 IV16    23  
     r:+0.69  9.44        19.45 (10.01)
  8 Ho, Ian          SO VT                  19.58      19.71 B       22  
     r:+0.60  9.56        19.71 (10.15)

200 free relay

North Carolina State got a big lead from Ryan Held (18.90) on the leadoff leg, Justin Ress (18.86) and Joe Bonk (19.34) maintained the lead, and Andreas Schiellerup (19.17) pulled away on the anchor leg. The Wolfpack touched in 1:16.27, surviving a challenge from the upstart Florida State team that ended up settling for second in 1:16.84.

The Seminoles’ foursome of Jason McCormick, Chad MylinEmir Muratovic and William Pisani was followed in third place by Notre Dame’s squad of Justin PlaschkaDaniel SpeersTabahn Afrik and Reed Fujan. The Irish posted a time of 1:17.37.

Also finishing among the top eight were Louisville (1:18.12), Virginia (1:18.45), Virginia Tech (1:18.69), Duke (1:19.01) and Georgia Tech (1:19.79).

Event 8  Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 1:15.09  3/24/2016 North Carolina State Universit, NC State-NC
                          S Bilis, J. Bonk, A Schiellerup, R Held
     ACC Meet: & 1:15.62  2/26/2015 North Carolina State Universit, NC State-NC
                          S Bilis, R Held, A Schiellerup, D Williams
         Pool: * 1:14.88  3/24/2016 Texas, Texas
                          B Ringgold, J Schooling, J Conger, J Murray
         NCAA: # 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
     American: @ 1:15.26  3/24/2011 Stanford, Stanf
                          A Coville, A Staab, J Allen, A Wayne
   U. S. Open: ! 1:14.08  3/28/2009 Auburn
                          J Andkjaer, G Louw, K Norys, M Targett
                 1:17.77  A
                 1:18.46  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NCSU                          1:17.94    1:16.27 A       64  
     1) Held, Ryan JR                 2) r:0.09 Ress, Justin SO       
     3) r:0.31 Bonk, Joseph SR        4) r:0.29 Schiellerup, Anreas SR
    r:+0.63  18.90        37.76 (18.86)
          57.10 (19.34)     1:16.27 (19.17)
  2 FSU                           1:17.33    1:16.84 A       56  
     1) McCormick, Jason SR           2) r:1.45 Mylin, Chad JR        
     3) r:0.20 Muratovic, Emir SO     4) r:0.18 Pisani, William SO    
    r:+0.68  19.50        38.16 (18.66)
          57.56 (19.40)     1:16.84 (19.28)
  3 Notre Dame                    1:18.70    1:17.37 A       54  
     1) Plaschka, Justin JR           2) r:0.12 Speers, Daniel SO     
     3) r:0.20 Afrik, Tabahn SO       4) r:0.08 Fujan, Reed SR        
    r:+0.61  19.61        38.47 (18.86)
          58.08 (19.61)     1:17.37 (19.29)
  4 Louisville                    1:17.95    1:18.12 B       52  
     1) Barna, Andrej FR              2) r:0.30 Boland, David SR      
     3) r:1.87 Quallen, Joshua SR     4) r:0.16 Lindenbauer, Mahias SR
    r:+0.66  19.76        39.27 (19.51)
          58.52 (19.25)     1:18.12 (19.60)
  5 UVA                           1:18.60    1:18.45 B       50  
     1) Lockman, Matthew SR           2) r:0.30 Whiteside, John FR    
     3) r:0.22 Kouvaris, Gust SO      4) r:0.31 Georgiadis, Peter JR  
    r:+0.67  19.76        38.98 (19.22)
          58.76 (19.78)     1:18.45 (19.69)
  6 VT                            1:19.69    1:18.69         48  
     1) Ho, Ian SO                    2) r:0.15 Fiala, Brandon SR     
     3) r:0.03 Pierce, Harrison JR    4) r:0.21 Benedict, Brent SO    
    r:+0.58  19.88        39.44 (19.56)
          58.88 (19.44)     1:18.69 (19.81)
  7 Duke                          1:19.61    1:19.01         46  
     1) Legard, Yusuke SO             2) r:0.16 Seaberg, Michael SR   
     3) r:0.12 Williams, Miles FR     4) r:0.01 Pena, Alexander JR    
    r:+0.64  20.38        40.05 (19.67)
          59.70 (19.65)     1:19.01 (19.31)
  8 GT                            1:20.18    1:19.79         44  
     1) Goerzen, Alexander SR         2) r:0.14 Southern, Benjamin SR 
     3) r:0.09 Borowicz, Robert SR    4) r:0.12 Harasz, Noah JR       
    r:+0.71  20.14        40.43 (20.29)
        1:00.23 (19.80)     1:19.79 (19.56)

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