2019 ACC Men’s Swimming Championships: NC State Sets 400 Medley Relay Meet Record with 44.36 Stewart Leadoff

coleman stewart
Photo Courtesy: Sarah D. Davis/theACC.com

NC State Junior Coleman Stewart tied his own ACC and Meet Record in the 100 Backstroke final on the third night of competition at the 2019 ACC Men’s Swimming Championships. He was also the runner-up in the 100 Butterfly behind Florida State’s Kanoa Kaleoaloha. To end the session, Stewart re-broke the mark in the leadoff leg of the 400 Medley Relay.

Virginia senior Brendan Casey and Louisville teammates Bartosz Piszczorowicz and Evgenii Somov held onto their top seeds from the preliminaries in the 400 IM, 200 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, respectively.

With one day remaining, NC State has the lead with 919.5 points. They are currently followed by Louisville with 784 and Virginia with 695.

                      Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 14                      
 
  1. North Carolina State Universit  919.5   2. Louisville, University of         784
  3. Virginia, University of           695   4. Florida State University        572.5
  5. VA Tech                         545.5   6. Notre Dame, University of         473
  7. Duke University                   450   8. Pittsburgh, University of         371
  9. Georgia Institute of Technolog    360  10. North Carolina, University of,  282.5
 11. Boston College                    111  12. University of Miami (Florida)     101

Live results

100 Butterfly

Florida State’s Kanoa Kaleoaloha dropped a 44.93 to win the 100 Butterfly. The senior did not make the A final in this event last year where he swam a 46.16 for tenth. Out nearly-even at the fifty, he was able to edge out NC State’s Coleman Stewart who earned runner-up honors in 45.09. The swim is Stewart’s second best swim of his career.

Teammate Noah Hensley had a similar battle for third with Louisville sophomore Nicolas Albiero. Hensley took the race 45.33 to 45.37. Both men were under last year’s NCAA invited time.

Bryce Keblish and Zachary Fong of Virginia took fifth and sixth, respectively in 45.51 and 45.70. NC State’s James Bretscher (45.88) and Pittsburgh’s Blaise Vera (46.29) rounded out the heat.

 Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 44.79  3/1/2017  Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.79  3/1/2017  Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     American: @ 42.80  3/23/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: * 42.80  3/23/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         NCAA: $ 42.80  3/23/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: ^ 44.96  2/23/2018 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
                 45.24  A
                 45.89  IV18 Invited to 2018 NCAA
                 47.43  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Kaleoaloha, Kan  SR FSU                 45.66      44.93^A       32  
    r:+0.75  20.89        44.93 (24.04)
  2 Stewart, Colema  JR NC State            45.18      45.09 A       28  
    r:+0.64  20.90        45.09 (24.19)
  3 Hensley, Noah    SR NC State            45.79      45.33 IV18    27  
    r:+0.66  21.08        45.33 (24.25)
  4 Albiero, Nicola  SO Louisville          45.74      45.37 IV18    26  
    r:+0.64  21.15        45.37 (24.22)
  5 Keblish, Bryce   SR UVA                 45.53      45.51 IV18    25  
    r:+0.64  20.66        45.51 (24.85)
  6 Fong, Zachary    SR UVA                 45.65      45.70 IV18    24  
    r:+0.63  21.39        45.70 (24.31)
  7 Bretscher, Jame  SR NC State            45.72      45.88 IV18    23  
    r:+0.64  21.45        45.88 (24.43)
  8 Vera, Blaise     SO PITT                45.99      46.29 B       22  
    r:+0.65  21.05        46.29 (25.24)

400 IM

Virginia senior Brendan Casey improved on his third-place finish in this event from last year by taking the title in 3:39.93. The swim was just off the NCAA cut and Conference Record but was a lifetime best by two seconds. Casey used a strong backstroke leg to separate himself from the competition, out-splitting the field in 53.71.

NC State’s Eric Knowles also earned a personal best time with his second-place swim of 3:42.09. Pittsburgh’s Sam Helmbacher did likewise with a strong breaststroke leg and an overall time of 3:42.30.

Louisville’s Daniel Sos (3:42.96), Virginia’s Casey Storch (3:43.87) and Fred Schubert (3:43.89), Virginia Tech’s Sam Tornqvist (3:46.51) and Notre Dame’s Andrew Winton (3:51.11) rounded out the heat.

 Event 10  Men 400 Yard IM
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 3:38.00  3/27/2009 Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech
     ACC Meet: & 3:38.43  3/1/2017  Robert Owen, VT-VA
     American: @ 3:33.42  3/24/2017 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
   U. S. Open: * 3:33.42  3/24/2017 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
         NCAA: $ 3:33.42  3/24/2017 Chase Kalisz, Georgia
         Pool: ^ 3:39.52  2/23/2018 Ted Schubert, UVA-VA
                 3:39.37  A
                 3:43.89  IV18 Invited to 2018 NCAA
                 3:51.46  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Casey, Brendan   SR UVA               3:41.42    3:39.93 IV18    32  
    r:+0.65  23.50        49.75 (26.25)
        1:16.66 (26.91)     1:43.46 (26.80)
        2:15.32 (31.86)     2:47.65 (32.33)
        3:13.91 (26.26)     3:39.93 (26.02)
  2 Knowles, Eric    SO NC State          3:42.91    3:42.09 IV18    28  
    r:+0.72  23.71        50.58 (26.87)
        1:19.51 (28.93)     1:47.74 (28.23)
        2:19.02 (31.28)     2:50.86 (31.84)
        3:16.61 (25.75)     3:42.09 (25.48)
  3 Helmbacher, Sam  JR PITT              3:43.15    3:42.30 IV18    27  
    r:+0.68  23.69        50.83 (27.14)
        1:19.25 (28.42)     1:47.36 (28.11)
        2:18.34 (30.98)     2:50.26 (31.92)
        3:16.79 (26.53)     3:42.30 (25.51)
  4 Sos, Daniel      SO Louisville        3:42.79    3:42.96 IV18    26  
    r:+0.68  23.66        50.83 (27.17)
        1:19.18 (28.35)     1:46.75 (27.57)
        2:18.41 (31.66)     2:50.74 (32.33)
        3:17.44 (26.70)     3:42.96 (25.52)
  5 Storch, Casey    FR UVA               3:43.28    3:43.87 IV18    25  
    r:+0.68  23.76        50.93 (27.17)
        1:19.79 (28.86)     1:48.58 (28.79)
        2:18.59 (30.01)     2:50.10 (31.51)
        3:17.49 (27.39)     3:43.87 (26.38)
  6 Schubert, Frede  JR UVA               3:42.59    3:43.89 IV18    24  
    r:+0.65  23.37        49.77 (26.40)
        1:17.98 (28.21)     1:45.68 (27.70)
        2:17.91 (32.23)     2:50.80 (32.89)
        3:17.75 (26.95)     3:43.89 (26.14)
  7 Tornqvist, Samu  SO VT                3:46.74    3:46.51 B       23  
    r:+0.70  23.77        51.32 (27.55)
        1:19.87 (28.55)     1:47.58 (27.71)
        2:19.34 (31.76)     2:51.96 (32.62)
        3:19.45 (27.49)     3:46.51 (27.06)
  8 Winton, Andrew   FR ND                3:46.89    3:51.11 B       22  
    r:+0.70  23.88        51.11 (27.23)
        1:20.59 (29.48)     1:49.77 (29.18)
        2:21.29 (31.52)     2:54.08 (32.79)
        3:23.26 (29.18)     3:51.11 (27.85)

200 Freestyle

Louisville trio Bartosz Piszczorowicz (1:33.51), Zach Harting (1:33.52) and Colton Paulson (1:34.52) scored some valuable points for the Cardinals with their one-two-seven finish. Teammate Andrej Barna also won the ‘B’ final in 1:34.56. Their efforts surged them from third to second in the team standings after this event.

NC State and Virginia also had multiple swimmers in the heat. Andreas Vazaios was third (1:33.72) and Justin Ress was eighth (1:34.74) for the Wolfpack while Ryan Baker (1:33.88) and George Wozencraft (1:33.94) took fifth and sixth for the Cavaliers. Virginia Tech’s Lane Stone was fourth with a big best time of 1:33.82.

 Event 11  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 1:31.32  3/21/2018 Andreas Vazaios, NC State
     ACC Meet: & 1:32.45  2/26/2010 Scot Robison, Virginia   -VA
     American: @ 1:29.50  3/23/2018 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
   U. S. Open: * 1:29.50  3/23/2018 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
         NCAA: $ 1:29.50  3/23/2018 Townley Haas, Texas-ST
         Pool: ^ 1:32.46  2/26/2016 Simonas Bilis, NCSU-NC
                 1:32.13  A
                 1:34.44  IV18 Invited to 2018 NCAA
                 1:36.32  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Piszczorowicz,   FR Louisville        1:33.49    1:33.51 IV18    32  
    r:+0.67  21.41        45.05 (23.64)
        1:09.49 (24.44)     1:33.51 (24.02)
  2 Harting, Zach    SR Louisville        1:33.52    1:33.52 IV18    28  
    r:+0.66  22.23        46.31 (24.08)
        1:09.96 (23.65)     1:33.52 (23.56)
  3 Vazaios, Andrea  SR NC State          1:34.06    1:33.72 IV18    27  
    r:+0.73  22.12        45.47 (23.35)
        1:09.24 (23.77)     1:33.72 (24.48)
  4 Stone, Lane      SO VT                1:34.01    1:33.82 IV18    26  
    r:+0.71  22.23        45.79 (23.56)
        1:09.80 (24.01)     1:33.82 (24.02)
  5 Baker, Ryan      JR UVA               1:33.98    1:33.88 IV18    25  
    r:+0.63  21.53        45.72 (24.19)
        1:09.96 (24.24)     1:33.88 (23.92)
  6 Wozencraft, Geo  SO UVA               1:34.11    1:33.94 IV18    24  
    r:+0.69  21.66        45.63 (23.97)
        1:09.71 (24.08)     1:33.94 (24.23)
  7 Paulson, Colton  FR Louisville        1:34.63    1:34.52 B       23  
    r:+0.72  21.89        45.89 (24.00)
        1:10.06 (24.17)     1:34.52 (24.46)
  8 Ress, Justin     SR NC State          1:34.43    1:34.74 B       22  
    r:+0.66  21.42        45.53 (24.11)
        1:10.04 (24.51)     1:34.74 (24.70)

100 Breaststroke

Evgenii Somov kept it rolling for Louisville with a 51.90 in the 100 Breaststroke. This is the first time Somov has been under 52 seconds in this event as he was just off the Pool Record and NCAA ‘A’ cut. Right behind was Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis also got a best time in 52.07 for second. Virgina’s Keefer Barnum took the final podium spot in 52.64.

NC State’s Daniel Graber (52.74), Duke’s Jud Howard (52.79), Florida State’s Izaak Bastian (52.81) and North Carolina’s Valdas Abaliksta (52.92) and Sterling Smith (53.64) placed fifth through eighth.

 Event 12  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 51.30  3/24/2017 Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech
     ACC Meet: & 51.46  3/1/2017  Peter Kropp, Duke-NC
     American: @ 49.69  3/23/2018 Ian Finnerty, Indiana-IN
   U. S. Open: * 49.69  3/23/2018 Ian Finnerty, Indiana-IN
         NCAA: $ 49.69  3/23/2018 Ian Finnerty, Indiana-IN
         Pool: ^ 51.86  2/26/2016 Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
                 51.73  A
                 52.75  IV18 Invited to 2018 NCAA
                 54.27  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   SO Louisville          52.26      51.90 IV18    32  
    r:+0.71  24.30        51.90 (27.60)
  2 Pumputis, Caio   SO GT                  52.49      52.07 IV18    28  
    r:+0.69  24.33        52.07 (27.74)
  3 Barnum, Keefer   SO UVA                 52.87      52.64 IV18    27  
    r:+0.65  24.51        52.64 (28.13)
  4 Graber, Daniel   SR NC State            52.52      52.74 IV18    26  
    r:+0.69  24.68        52.74 (28.06)
  5 Howard, Jud      SR Duke                52.70      52.79 B       25  
    r:+0.73  25.15        52.79 (27.64)
  6 Bastian, Izaak   FR FSU                 53.16      52.81 B       24  
    r:+0.64  24.73        52.81 (28.08)
  7 Abaliksta, Vald  SO UNC                 53.03      52.92 B       23  
    r:+0.76  24.76        52.92 (28.16)
  8 Smith, Sterling  FR UNC                 53.08      53.64 B       22  
    r:+0.68  24.30        53.64 (29.34)

100 Backstroke

NC State’s Stewart tied his ACC, Meet and Pool Records from this morning’s prelims session with a time of 44.44 in the final. He was followed closely by Albiero, who picked up an NCAA ‘A’ cut and personal best in the event with his swim go 44.88. The Cardinals also had two other swimmers in the heat with efforts from Mitchell Whyte (45.38) and Nik Sofianidis (46.09).

Virginia’s Joe Clark posted a quick 45.22 for third, while NC State’s Hensley was fifth in 45.49. Duke’s Max St. George (46.28) and Notre Dame’s Jack Montesi (46.48) rounded out the heat.

 Event 13  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
   Conference: % 44.44  3/1/2019  Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.44  3/1/2019  Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     American: @ 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
   U. S. Open: * 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         NCAA: $ 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         Pool: ^ 44.44  3/1/2019  Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
                 45.12  A
                 46.14  IV18 Invited to 2018 NCAA
                 47.77  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Stewart, Colema  JR NC State            44.44      44.44%A       32  
    r:+0.66  21.31        44.44 (23.13)
  2 Albiero, Nicola  SO Louisville          45.49      44.88 A       28  
    r:+0.66  21.88        44.88 (23.00)
  3 Clark, Joseph    JR UVA                 45.35      45.22 IV18    27  
    r:+0.67  21.90        45.22 (23.32)
  4 Whyte, Mitchell  FR Louisville          45.63      45.38 IV18    26  
    r:+0.65  21.78        45.38 (23.60)
  5 Hensley, Noah    SR NC State            45.50      45.49 IV18    25  
    r:+0.67  22.02        45.49 (23.47)
  6 Sofianidis, Nik  SO Louisville          46.19      46.09 IV18    24  
    r:+0.70  22.24        46.09 (23.85)
  7 St. George, Max  SR Duke                46.00      46.28 B       23  
    r:+0.70  22.44        46.28 (23.84)
  8 Montesi, Jack    JR ND                  46.33      46.48 B       22  
    r:+0.63  22.16        46.48 (24.32)

400 Medley Relay

NC State’s team of Stewart, Daniel Graber, Nyls Korstanje and Giovanni Izzo narrowly edged out the Louisville squad of Albiero, Somov, Harting and Barna 3:03.26 to 3:03.75. Despite a charging 41.50 split from Barna, the Cardinals did not quite have enough to catch NC State after a solid lead built at the 200 mark. Stewart’s leadoff split of 44.36 was a best time and new ACC Record, while the overall swim broke the Meet Record as well. Clark, Barnum, Keblish and Baker took home the bronze medal for Virginia in 3:05.14.

 Event 14  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
   Conference: % 3:01.76  3/23/2018 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          C. Stewart, Molacek, Held, Ress
     ACC Meet: & 3:04.24  2/23/2018 North Carolina State Universit, NC State-NC
                          A Vazaios, J Molacek, R Held, J Ress
     American: @ 3:01.51  3/24/2017 California
                          R Murphy, C Hoppe, M Josa, M Jensen
   U. S. Open: * 2:59.22  3/23/2017 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
         NCAA: $ 2:59.22  3/23/2017 Texas
                          J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, J Conger
         Pool: ^ 3:04.24  2/23/2018 North Carolina State
                          A Vazaios, J Molacek, R Held, J Ress
                 3:06.78  A
                 3:08.33  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                      3:04.88    3:03.26&A       64  
     1) Stewart, Coleman JR           2) r:0.18 Graber, Daniel SR     
     3) r:0.33 Korstanje, Nyls FR     4) r:0.15 Izzo, Giovanni SO     
    r:+0.65  21.77        44.36 (44.36)
        1:08.21 (23.85)     1:36.25 (51.89)
        1:56.78 (20.53)     2:21.19 (44.94)
        2:40.44 (19.25)     3:03.26 (42.07)
  2 Louisville                    3:08.45    3:03.75&A       56  
     1) Albiero, Nicolas SO           2) r:0.26 Somov, Evgenii SO     
     3) r:0.25 Harting, Zach SR       4) r:0.21 Barna, Andrej JR      
    r:+0.65  22.06        45.55 (45.55)
        1:09.48 (23.93)     1:37.45 (51.90)
        1:58.18 (20.73)     2:22.25 (44.80)
        2:41.70 (19.45)     3:03.75 (41.50)
  3 UVA                           3:09.43    3:05.14 A       54  
     1) Clark, Joseph JR              2) r:0.10 Barnum, Keefer SO     
     3) r:0.13 Keblish, Bryce SR      4) r:0.11 Baker, Ryan JR        
    r:+0.69  21.95        45.57 (45.57)
        1:09.85 (24.28)     1:37.74 (52.17)
        1:58.29 (20.55)     2:23.22 (45.48)
        2:42.89 (19.67)     3:05.14 (41.92)
  4 FSU                           3:09.57    3:05.50 A       52  
     1) Muratovic, Emir SR            2) r:0.37 Bastian, Izaak FR     
     3) r:0.12 Kaleoaloha, Kanoa SR   4) r:0.21 Pisani, William SR    
    r:+0.64  21.93        46.22 (46.22)
        1:10.46 (24.24)     1:38.78 (52.56)
        1:59.07 (20.29)     2:23.73 (44.95)
        2:43.18 (19.45)     3:05.50 (41.77)
  5 PITT                          3:13.07    3:08.61         50  
     1) Smutny, Luke JR               2) r:0.18 Fauteux, John SR      
     3) r:0.26 Remenyi, Armin SO      4) r:0.38 Vera, Blaise SO       
    r:+0.59  22.97        47.80 (47.80)
        1:11.68 (23.88)     1:40.35 (52.55)
        2:01.91 (21.56)     2:26.98 (46.63)
        2:46.07 (19.09)     3:08.61 (41.63)
  6 GT                            3:06.87    3:08.93         47  
     1) Correia, Rodrigo SR           2) r:0.25 Pumputis, Caio SO     
     3) r:0.21 Ferraro, Christian SO  4) r:0.30 Lim, Darren FR        
    r:+0.68  22.29        46.12 (46.12)
        1:10.67 (24.55)     1:38.72 (52.60)
        2:00.27 (21.55)     2:25.64 (46.92)
        2:46.17 (20.53)     3:08.93 (43.29)
  6 Duke                          3:10.91    3:08.93         47  
     1) St. George, Maximilian SR     2) r:0.10 Howard, Jud SR        
     3) r:0.34 Hartley, Nathaniel SO  4) r:0.22 Legard, Yusuke SR     
    r:+0.68  22.28        45.76 (45.76)
        1:09.99 (24.23)     1:37.88 (52.12)
        1:59.63 (21.75)     2:25.69 (47.81)
        2:46.06 (20.37)     3:08.93 (43.24)
  8 VT                            3:12.85    3:09.17         44  
     1) Tornqvist, Samuel SO          2) r:0.11 Szabo, Norbert SR     
     3) r:0.15 Ivanov, Antani FR      4) r:0.15 Stone, Lane SO        
    r:+0.70  22.54        46.87 (46.87)
        1:11.10 (24.23)     1:39.40 (52.53)
        2:01.06 (21.66)     2:25.93 (46.53)
        2:46.44 (20.51)     3:09.17 (43.24)