2020 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Day 3 Prelims: Albiero, Stewart Split Opening Duel

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Nicholas Albiero Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Friday at the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will feature a two-part individual battle between Nicolas Albiero and Coleman Stewart, plus the 400 medley relay in the evening. If the morning appetizer is any indication, it’ll be fast. The prelims recap:

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

Ups, Downs, Mids (based on team order after Thursday night)

NC State 8, 7, 2
Virginia 8, 3, 3
Florida State 2, 2, 6
Louisville 6, 6, 4
Virginia Tech 4, 4, 5
North Carolina 3, 2, 4
Notre Dame 3, 8, 5
Duke 0, 2, 6
Pitt 4, 1, 2
Georgia Tech 2, 5, 2
Miami 0, 0, 0
Boston College 0, 0, 1

100 butterfly

Albiero struck first in his signature event, but Stewart isn’t far behind. Albiero was first in prelims with a pool-record 44.83 with Stewart second in 45.00. Both are NCAA A cuts. Third was Philip Manoff of Virginia Tech, with NC State’s Nyls Korstanje lurking in fourth. In the team category, NC State stands to score big with four swimmers in the A final.

Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
==================================================================
   Conference: % 44.46  3/29/2019 Coleman Stewart, 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: ^ 44.83  2/28/2020 Nicolas Albiero, Louisville-KY
                 45.05  A
                 45.90  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 47.43  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Albiero, Nicola  JR Louisville          46.72      44.83^qA     
    r:+0.64  21.06        44.83 (23.77)
  2 Stewart, Colema  SR NC State            46.29      45.00 qA     
    r:+0.64  20.70        45.00 (24.30)
  3 Manoff, Philip   SO VT                  46.18      45.61 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  21.01        45.61 (24.60)
  4 Korstanje, Nyls  SO NC State            46.08      45.92 qB     
    r:+0.66  21.05        45.92 (24.87)
  5 Hensley, Noah    SR NC State            46.46      46.02 qB     
    r:+0.64  21.22        46.02 (24.80)
  6 Sobolewski, Luk  JR NC State            46.50      46.09 qB     
    r:+0.69  21.52        46.09 (24.57)
  7 Ivanov, Antani   SO VT                  46.57      46.13 qB     
    r:+0.62  21.74        46.13 (24.39)
  8 Vera, Blaise     JR Pitt                47.00      46.21 qB     
    r:+0.67  21.10        46.21 (25.11)

400 individual medley

Fresh off finishing third in the 500 free, Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland grabbed the top seed in the 400 IM with a time of 4:43.45. He’s a tenth ahead of NC State’s Eric Knowles, and 200 IM champ Ted Schubert is third at 3:44.01 in what appears to be the clear top echelon from the morning.

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
                 3:39.16  A
                 3:43.42  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 3:51.46  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Hoagland, Jack   FR ND                3:46.38    3:43.45 qB     
    r:+0.74  24.30        52.45 (28.15)
        1:20.82 (28.37)     1:48.56 (27.74)
        2:21.00 (32.44)     2:52.72 (31.72)
        3:18.88 (26.16)     3:43.45 (24.57)
  2 Knowles, Eric    JR NC State          3:47.80    3:43.64 qB     
    r:+0.69  23.83        50.85 (27.02)
        1:19.50 (28.65)     1:47.47 (27.97)
        2:18.83 (31.36)     2:51.49 (32.66)
        3:17.93 (26.44)     3:43.64 (25.71)
  3 Schubert, Frede  SR UVA               3:45.48    3:44.01 qB     
    r:+0.69  23.15        49.60 (26.45)
        1:18.18 (28.58)     1:46.30 (28.12)
        2:18.41 (32.11)     2:50.96 (32.55)
        3:17.88 (26.92)     3:44.01 (26.13)
  4 Dal Maso, Filip  SO VT                3:49.28    3:45.36 qB     
    r:+0.67  24.02        52.13 (28.11)
        1:21.24 (29.11)     1:49.24 (28.00)
        2:21.43 (32.19)     2:53.65 (32.22)
        3:19.93 (26.28)     3:45.36 (25.43)
  5 Storch, Casey    SO UVA               3:44.43    3:45.45 qB     
    r:+0.70  23.90        51.64 (27.74)
        1:20.84 (29.20)     1:49.36 (28.52)
        2:20.14 (30.78)     2:51.42 (31.28)
        3:18.77 (27.35)     3:45.45 (26.68)
  6 Helmbacher, Sam  SR Pitt              3:50.09    3:46.09 qB     
    r:+0.68  23.58        50.85 (27.27)
        1:19.77 (28.92)     1:48.32 (28.55)
        2:19.53 (31.21)     2:51.85 (32.32)
        3:19.25 (27.40)     3:46.09 (26.84)
  7 Conway, Sean     FR UVA               3:49.16    3:47.43 qB     
    r:+0.72  24.07        51.85 (27.78)
        1:20.32 (28.47)     1:48.84 (28.52)
        2:21.34 (32.50)     2:54.14 (32.80)
        3:21.44 (27.30)     3:47.43 (25.99)
  8 Vorster, Eben    SR Pitt              3:58.27    3:48.09 qB     
    r:+0.72  23.95        51.25 (27.30)
        1:20.93 (29.68)     1:50.08 (29.15)
        2:22.44 (32.36)     2:55.64 (33.20)
        3:22.16 (26.52)     3:48.09 (25.93)

200 freestyle

Sam Schilling leads a balanced final heat in which the eight finalists are separated by just 1.3 seconds. Schilling set the pace at 1:33.42, with Louisville’s Colton Paulson second in 1:33.76 and Sadler McKeen of Notre Dame third in 1:33.90. One slight surprise is that both Zach Yeadon of Notre Dame (the 500 free champ) and Peter Varjasi of Florida State (who was third in the 100 free) missed the A final in 10th and 11th, respectively.

 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: @ 1:29.15  3/27/2019 Dean Farris, Harvard
   U. S. Open: * 1:29.15  3/27/2019 Dean Farris, Harvard
         NCAA: $ 1:29.15  3/27/2019 Dean Farris, Harvard
         Pool: ^ 1:32.46  2/26/2016 Simonas Bilis, NCSU-NC
                 1:32.05  A
                 1:34.21  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:36.32  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Schilling, Samu  JR UVA               1:35.91    1:33.42 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  21.81        45.68 (23.87)
        1:09.48 (23.80)     1:33.42 (23.94)
  2 Paulson, Colton  SO Louisville        1:35.30    1:33.76 qIV19  
    r:+0.70  22.13        46.04 (23.91)
        1:09.87 (23.83)     1:33.76 (23.89)
  3 McKeen, Sadler   JR ND                1:34.86    1:33.90 qIV19  
    r:+0.67  21.76        45.33 (23.57)
        1:09.30 (23.97)     1:33.90 (24.60)
  4 Baker, Ryan      SR UVA               1:37.64    1:34.11 qIV19  
    r:+0.65  21.61        45.43 (23.82)
        1:09.66 (24.23)     1:34.11 (24.45)
  5 Sungalia, Tomas  SO UNC               1:35.79    1:34.51 qB     
    r:+0.72  22.05        46.07 (24.02)
        1:10.10 (24.03)     1:34.51 (24.41)
  6 Wright, Jack     FR UVA               1:37.37    1:34.63 qB     
    r:+0.71  22.26        46.11 (23.85)
        1:10.67 (24.56)     1:34.63 (23.96)
  7 Stone, Lane      JR VT                1:35.59    1:34.67 qB     
    r:+0.74  22.26        46.09 (23.83)
        1:10.28 (24.19)     1:34.67 (24.39)
  8 Gezmis, Erge     JR NC State          1:36.58    1:34.72 qB     
    r:+0.72  22.06        45.88 (23.82)
        1:10.34 (24.46)     1:34.72 (24.38)

100 breaststroke

Evgenii Somov will chase his third straight ACC Men’s Championships 100 breast title, clocking the top seed at 51.93. His biggest opposition on paper, Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis, was sixth in prelims at 52.90. The second seed goes to Keefer Barnum in 52.38 with a pair of UNC Swimmers, Valdas Abaliksta and Jacob Rauch in third and fourth, respectively.

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
                 51.67  A
                 52.52  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 54.27  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   JR Louisville          52.34      51.93 qIV19  
    r:+0.69  24.31        51.93 (27.62)
  2 Barnum, Keefer   JR UVA                 52.50      52.38 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  24.36        52.38 (28.02)
  3 Abaliksta, Vald  JR UNC                 53.30      52.55 qB     
    r:+0.78  24.79        52.55 (27.76)
  4 Rauch, Jacob     SO UNC                 54.21      52.73 qB     
    r:+0.66  24.81        52.73 (27.92)
  5 Van Der Laan, C  SO Pitt                53.67      52.85 qB     
    r:+0.70  24.81        52.85 (28.04)
  6 Pumputis, Caio   JR GT                  53.01      52.90 qB     
    r:+0.68  25.09        52.90 (27.81)
  7 Bottelberghe, J  SO ND                  54.14      52.95 qB     
    r:+0.73  24.85        52.95 (28.10)
  8 Bastian, Izaak   SO Florida St          53.51      53.05 qB     
    r:+0.65  24.98        53.05 (28.07)

100 backstroke

Stewart staked his claim in his specialty with a 44.48 to gain the top seed. He’ll be chasing his meet record (44.36) and conference record (43.98) tonight, and maybe even give the American record of Ryan Murphy (43.49) a scare. Second is Louisville’s Mitchell Whyte in 44.78 with Albiero third in 45.14, a second ahead of third place.

Event 13  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
   Conference: % 43.98  3/24/2019 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.36  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
                 44.95  A
                 46.06  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 47.77  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Stewart, Colema  SR NC State            44.82      44.48 qA     
    r:+0.65  21.64        44.48 (22.84)
  2 Whyte, Mitchell  SO Louisville          46.25      44.78 qA     
    r:+0.56  21.63        44.78 (23.15)
  3 Albiero, Nicola  JR Louisville          46.71      45.14 qIV19  
    r:+0.62  21.99        45.14 (23.15)
  4 Clark, Joseph    SR UVA                 46.01      46.14 qB     
    r:+0.67  22.03        46.14 (24.11)
  5 Barone, Kyle     SO GT                  47.87      46.17 qB     
    r:+0.66  21.78        46.17 (24.39)
  6 Hensley, Noah    SR NC State            47.21      46.27 qB     
    r:+0.64  22.18        46.27 (24.09)
  7 Alaniz, Griffin  SR Florida St          45.44      46.30 qB     
    r:+0.67  21.98        46.30 (24.32)
  8 Sofianidis, Nik  JR Louisville          47.06      46.47 qB     
    r:+0.63  22.27        46.47 (24.20)

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