2020 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Day 2 Prelims: Korstanje Goes 19.07

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Evgenii Somov Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

A tight-to-the-vest morning session on Day 2 of the ACC Men’s Championships sets up an intriguing evening session. The top swimmers in both the 50 free and the 500 survived prelims in high places, and the balance in the 200 IM indicates an open race for finals.

ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Greensboro Aquatic Center

Ups, Downs, Mids through event 6 (in order of team finish from Wedesday)

NC State 4, 5, 4
Florida State 1, 5, 4
North Carolina 1, 1, 2
Virginia 4, 4, 1
Virginia Tech 3, 2, 3
Duke 0, 2, 2
Notre Dame 3, 2, 3
Pitt 2, 1, 0
Georgia Tech 1, 0, 2
Miami 0, 0, 0
Boston College 0, 0, 0
Louisville 5, 2, 3

The event-by-event recaps:

500 freestyle

Notre Dame’s Zach Yeadon kept it long and strong, defending his top seed with a 4:14.03. The junior has company, with Ross Dant of NC State and Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland within six-tenths. There’s a gap of more than a second and a half after fourth seed Eric Knowles of NC State (4:15.26). But Yeadon may have more in reserve in the evening session. The ACC record set by Matt McLean at 4:10.00 in 2009 is a nice even milestone to chase.

On the team front, Notre Dame put three swimmers in the A final, a huge haul given that 10 of the 12 teams have an A finalist on Night 2. (And of the two that don’t, Miami is diving only.) Louisville missed the A final but has two B and two C finalists.

Event 4  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
   Conference: % 4:09.13  1/26/2018 Anton Ipsen, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 4:10.00  2/26/2009 Matt McLean, Virginia
     American: @ 4:06.32  2/20/2020 Kieran Smith, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 4:06.32  2/20/2020 Kieran Smith, Florida
         NCAA: $ 4:06.32  3/23/2019 Kieran Smith, Florida
         Pool: ^ 4:11.21  2/22/2018 Anton Oerskov Ipsen, NCSU-NC
                 4:11.82  A
                 4:16.04  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 4:23.34  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Yeadon, Zachary  JR ND                4:14.31    4:14.03 qIV19  
    r:+0.78  22.81        47.62 (24.81)
        1:13.05 (25.43)     1:38.84 (25.79)
        2:04.84 (26.00)     2:30.98 (26.14)
        2:57.12 (26.14)     3:23.16 (26.04)
        3:48.95 (25.79)     4:14.03 (25.08)
  2 Dant, Ross       FR NC State          4:17.16    4:14.57 qIV19  
    r:+0.65  23.11        48.14 (25.03)
        1:13.56 (25.42)     1:38.92 (25.36)
        2:04.40 (25.48)     2:29.97 (25.57)
        2:55.87 (25.90)     3:21.90 (26.03)
        3:48.34 (26.44)     4:14.57 (26.23)
  3 Hoagland, Jack   FR ND                4:17.12    4:14.58 qIV19  
    r:+0.72  23.31        48.08 (24.77)
        1:13.57 (25.49)     1:39.45 (25.88)
        2:05.60 (26.15)     2:31.43 (25.83)
        2:57.51 (26.08)     3:23.58 (26.07)
        3:49.53 (25.95)     4:14.58 (25.05)
  4 Knowles, Eric    JR NC State          4:16.36    4:15.26 qIV19  
    r:+0.67  23.22        48.26 (25.04)
        1:13.51 (25.25)     1:38.73 (25.22)
        2:04.27 (25.54)     2:30.01 (25.74)
        2:56.33 (26.32)     3:22.88 (26.55)
        3:49.00 (26.12)     4:15.26 (26.26)
  5 Walker, John     FR UVA               4:15.27    4:16.89 qB     
    r:+0.76  23.16        48.38 (25.22)
        1:13.89 (25.51)     1:39.62 (25.73)
        2:05.75 (26.13)     2:31.67 (25.92)
        2:57.91 (26.24)     3:24.01 (26.10)
        3:50.54 (26.53)     4:16.89 (26.35)
  6 Ivanov, Antani   SO VT                4:21.05    4:17.52 qB     
    r:+0.67  23.63        49.21 (25.58)
        1:15.18 (25.97)     1:41.06 (25.88)
        2:07.27 (26.21)     2:33.66 (26.39)
        3:00.32 (26.66)     3:26.66 (26.34)
        3:52.72 (26.06)     4:17.52 (24.80)
  7 Dimitriou, Dimi  JR UNC               4:18.45    4:17.77 qB     
    r:+0.68  23.80        49.23 (25.43)
        1:15.26 (26.03)     1:41.33 (26.07)
        2:07.46 (26.13)     2:33.69 (26.23)
        2:59.77 (26.08)     3:26.11 (26.34)
        3:52.25 (26.14)     4:17.77 (25.52)
  8 McKeen, Sadler   JR ND                4:18.03    4:18.06 qB     
    r:+0.72  23.18        48.46 (25.28)
        1:14.22 (25.76)     1:39.92 (25.70)
        2:05.86 (25.94)     2:32.16 (26.30)
        2:58.76 (26.60)     3:25.21 (26.45)
        3:51.86 (26.65)     4:18.06 (26.20)

200 individual medley

This one is wide open. Louisville’s Evgenii Somov, who was 18th in last year’s ACC Men’s Championships, set a fast time in prelims at 1:43.68. Not far behind is Ted Schubert of Virginia, sixth last year, who was second in 1:43.68, with Daniel Sos (the fourth-place finisher in 2019) in third. All three were in the 1:43s. That leaves defending champ Caio Pumputis fourth at 1:44.67. He went 1:41.28 last year, the pool record.

Event 5  Men 200 Yard IM
==================================================================
   Conference: % 1:39.35  3/24/2019 Andreas Vazaios, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 1:41.25  2/28/2017 Andreas Vazaios, NCSU-NC
     American: @ 1:38.13  2/15/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: * 1:38.13  2/15/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: $ 1:38.13  2/15/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: ^ 1:41.28  2/24/2019 Caio Pumputis, GT-GA
                 1:41.34  A
                 1:43.82  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:46.77  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   JR Louisville        1:46.69    1:43.48 qIV19  
    r:+0.70  22.60        49.45 (26.85)
        1:18.07 (28.62)     1:43.48 (25.41)
  2 Schubert, Frede  SR UVA               1:45.83    1:43.68 qIV19  
    r:+0.65  22.61        48.04 (25.43)
        1:18.58 (30.54)     1:43.68 (25.10)
  3 Sos, Daniel      JR Louisville        1:44.86    1:43.70 qIV19  
    r:+0.69  22.65        48.10 (25.45)
        1:18.24 (30.14)     1:43.70 (25.46)
  4 Pumputis, Caio   JR GT                1:44.40    1:44.67 qB     
    r:+0.68  22.40        48.68 (26.28)
        1:18.90 (30.22)     1:44.67 (25.77)
  5 Gezmis, Erge     JR NC State          1:50.48    1:44.85 qB     
    r:+0.75  21.98        47.47 (25.49)
        1:18.87 (31.40)     1:44.85 (25.98)
  6 Helmbacher, Sam  SR Pitt              1:46.71    1:44.92 qB     
    r:+0.69  22.61        49.55 (26.94)
        1:19.32 (29.77)     1:44.92 (25.60)
  7 Storch, Casey    SO UVA               1:46.28    1:45.08 qB     
    r:+0.68  23.21        49.80 (26.59)
        1:19.40 (29.60)     1:45.08 (25.68)
  8 Tornqvist, Samu  JR VT                1:46.58    1:45.29 qB     
    r:+0.68  23.02        48.87 (25.85)
        1:19.51 (30.64)     1:45.29 (25.78)

50 freestyle

Nyls Korstanje isn’t a surprising top seed, going from a seed of 19.11 to 19.07. Top seed Blaise Vera isn’t far back at 19.32, tied for third, with Mihalis Deliyiannis in second.

But ties abound at the ACC Men’s Championships – Vera and Virginia Tech’s Thomas Hallock for third, plus ties for sixth, ninth and 17th. It took a 20.00 from Charles Gingrich of Duke to get the 24th and final seed in the evening.

Team-wise, Florida State filled finals with seven swimmers. But only Peter Varjasi (tied for sixth in 19.52) made the A final. NC State has three B finalists while Louisville, led by Deliyannis, snuck three into the A final.

Event 6  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
   Conference: % 18.56  3/23/2017 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     ACC Meet: & 18.68  2/28/2017 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
     American: @ 17.63  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: * 17.63  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         NCAA: $ 17.63  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: ^ 18.75  2/22/2018 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
                 18.96  A
                 19.35  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 19.96  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Korstanje, Nyls  SO NC State            19.11      19.07 qIV19  
     r:+0.62  9.12         19.07 (9.95)
  2 Deliyiannis, Mi  JR Louisville          19.75      19.25 qIV19  
     r:+0.67  9.32         19.25 (9.93)
  3 Vera, Blaise     JR Pitt                19.10      19.32 qIV19  
     r:+0.65  9.32        19.32 (10.00)
  3 Hallock, Thomas  JR VT                  19.81      19.32 qIV19  
     r:+0.65  9.21        19.32 (10.11)
  5 Barna, Andrej    SR Louisville             NT      19.43 qB     
     r:+0.61  9.40        19.43 (10.03)
  6 Sameh, Abdelrah  FR Louisville          19.92      19.52 qB     
     r:+0.66  9.42        19.52 (10.10)
  6 Varjasi, Peter   FR Florida St          19.45      19.52 qB     
     r:+0.71  9.46        19.52 (10.06)
  8 Baker, Ryan      SR UVA                 19.87      19.56 qB     
     r:+0.64  9.46        19.56 (10.10)

1 comment

  1. Dave Amezcua

    Blascovic from the Big 10 can beat that. He went sub- 19 in prelims.

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