ACC Men’s Championships Day 2 Heats: Louisville Sprints 4 into 50 Free A Final

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Caio Pumputis; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

In an otherwise balanced morning session at Day 2 of the ACC Men’s Championships, Louisville stands to make a big splash with four A-finalists in the 50 free.

Abdelrahman Salmeh is the top seed with a 19.14. But three other Cardinals climbed into the A final: Mihalis Deliyannis, Michael Eastman and Tanner Cummings, in the sixth through eighth spots.

It gives Louisville a foothold in the event to vault form third after Day 1 toward the top. NC State has three A-finalists in the 500 free and Virginia has three in the 200 individual medley, but the Cardinals take precedence.

ACC Men’s Championships Team Scoring

(note that scoring includes all three diving events, held last week)

                      
 
  1. North Carolina, University of,    304   2. VA Tech                           249
  3. Louisville, University of         238   4. University of Miami (Fl)          207
  5. Florida State University          205   6. Georgia Tech                      191
  7. North Carolina State University   174   8. Duke University                   152
  9. Pittsburgh, University of         120  10. Virginia, University of           106
 11. Notre Dame, University of          82  12. Boston College                     66

Up-Mid-Down

  • NC State 5-6-2
  • Virginia 5-2-4
  • Louisville 5-1-5
  • Virginia Tech 4-5-2
  • Georgia Tech 2-1-1
  • Florida State 1-4-2
  • Notre Dame 1-2-4
  • Pitt 1-1-1
  • North Carolina 0-1-3
  • Duke 0-1-0
  • Boston College 0-0-0

500 freestyle

Ross Dant of NC State defended his top seed entering the meet, throwing down a morning 4:12.54. The top three seeds are sophomores, with Jack Hoagland following in 4:13.04 and Virginia’s John Walker in 4:14.96. Hoagland is hoping to get Notre Dame off the deck after Wednesday’s 200 medley relay disqualification has them mired in last place.

In fourth is Florida State freshman Yordan Yanchev, who dropped 19 seconds from his best yards time to take fourth in 4:15.02. No surprise for the Bulgarian record holder in the 400-meter free.

Event 4  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
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         Conf: % 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: ^ 4:10.39  2/27/2020 Zachary Yeadon, ND-IN
                 4:11.82  A
                 4:16.04  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 4:23.34  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Dant, Ross       SO NC State          4:14.04    4:12.54 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  23.02        48.03 (25.01)
        1:13.30 (25.27)     1:38.54 (25.24)
        2:03.95 (25.41)     2:29.57 (25.62)
        2:55.35 (25.78)     3:21.10 (25.75)
        3:47.18 (26.08)     4:12.54 (25.36)
  2 Hoagland, Jack   SO ND                4:15.39    4:13.04 qIV19  
    r:+0.74  23.00        47.88 (24.88)
        1:13.15 (25.27)     1:38.83 (25.68)
        2:04.71 (25.88)     2:30.85 (26.14)
        2:56.90 (26.05)     3:22.94 (26.04)
        3:48.19 (25.25)     4:13.04 (24.85)
  3 Walker, John     SO UVA               4:18.34    4:14.96 qIV19  
    r:+0.71  23.15        48.46 (25.31)
        1:13.80 (25.34)     1:39.71 (25.91)
        2:05.50 (25.79)     2:31.51 (26.01)
        2:57.81 (26.30)     3:23.86 (26.05)
        3:49.71 (25.85)     4:14.96 (25.25)
  4 Yanchev, Yordan  FR Florida St        4:34.38    4:15.02 qIV19  
    r:+0.69  23.41        48.65 (25.24)
        1:14.01 (25.36)     1:39.59 (25.58)
        2:05.18 (25.59)     2:31.21 (26.03)
        2:57.12 (25.91)     3:23.21 (26.09)
        3:49.24 (26.03)     4:15.02 (25.78)
  5 Ivanov, Antani   JR VT                4:17.96    4:16.21 qB     
    r:+0.72  23.06        48.16 (25.10)
        1:13.50 (25.34)     1:39.05 (25.55)
        2:04.66 (25.61)     2:30.70 (26.04)
        2:56.86 (26.16)     3:23.41 (26.55)
        3:50.10 (26.69)     4:16.21 (26.11)
  6 Knowles, Eric    SR NC State          4:14.07    4:16.40 qB     
    r:+0.67  23.26        48.55 (25.29)
        1:14.15 (25.60)     1:39.81 (25.66)
        2:05.89 (26.08)     2:32.11 (26.22)
        2:58.57 (26.46)     3:25.15 (26.58)
        3:51.58 (26.43)     4:16.40 (24.82)
  7 Unlu, Baturalp   FR GT                4:19.19    4:16.47 qB     
    r:+0.65  23.64        49.09 (25.45)
        1:15.04 (25.95)     1:40.94 (25.90)
        2:06.83 (25.89)     2:32.97 (26.14)
        2:59.43 (26.46)     3:26.02 (26.59)
        3:52.07 (26.05)     4:16.47 (24.40)
  8 Plage, James     FR NC State          4:18.33    4:17.82 qB     
    r:+0.73  23.49        48.80 (25.31)
        1:14.41 (25.61)     1:40.49 (26.08)
        2:06.84 (26.35)     2:32.93 (26.09)
        2:59.31 (26.38)     3:25.75 (26.44)
        3:52.16 (26.41)     4:17.82 (25.66)

200 individual medley

The 2019 champion is out to regain his title in a senior-laden final. Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis, who was the silver medalist last year, set the pace in prelims at 1:43.67. Second is Virginia’s Samuel Schilling, one of three Cavaliers in the final. NC State’s Erge Gezmis (seventh) and Louisville’s Evgenii Somov (third), who finished third and fourth respectively in the event last year, are also in the hunt. Big time drops for Virginia Tech, who pushed four swimmers into the B final.

Event 5  Men 200 Yard IM
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         Conf: % 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              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Pumputis, Caio   SR GT                1:41.90    1:43.67 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  21.79        47.77 (25.98)
        1:17.48 (29.71)     1:43.67 (26.19)
  2 Schilling, Samu  SR UVA               1:45.17    1:44.18 qB     
    r:+0.65  22.50        48.79 (26.29)
        1:18.84 (30.05)     1:44.18 (25.34)
  3 Somov, Evgenii   SR Louisville        1:49.74    1:44.55 qB     
    r:+0.70  22.27        49.48 (27.21)
        1:18.50 (29.02)     1:44.55 (26.05)
  4 Conway, Sean     SO UVA               1:44.38    1:44.57 qB     
    r:+0.67  23.26        48.80 (25.54)
        1:19.51 (30.71)     1:44.57 (25.06)
  5 Bowers, Noah     SO NC State          1:47.24    1:44.69 qB     
    r:+0.67  22.45        48.31 (25.86)
        1:19.80 (31.49)     1:44.69 (24.89)
  6 Coll Marti, Car  FR VT                1:43.80    1:44.78 qB     
    r:+0.62  22.60        48.79 (26.19)
        1:19.04 (30.25)     1:44.78 (25.74)
  7 Gezmis, Erge     SR NC State          1:48.51    1:44.83 qB     
    r:+0.69  22.81                     
            1:19.64 ( )     1:44.83 (25.19)
  8 Storch, Casey    JR UVA               1:46.06    1:44.98 qB     
    r:+0.66  23.02        49.37 (26.35)
        1:19.25 (29.88)     1:44.98 (25.73)

50 freestyle

A 50 free final without an NC State swimmer seems odd, but the Wolfpack were locked out, with three in the B final, including Noah Henderson in ninth. Peter Varjasi of Florida State, who was third last year, is also in the B final. Last year’s runner up Sameh sets the pace, with a showdown against Virginia freshman Matt Brownstead on tap. Pitt’s Blaise Vera, off the sizzling fly split Wednesday, is third, and Virginia Tech has two in the final.

 Event 6  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
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         Conf: % 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 Sameh, Abdelrah  SO Louisville          19.51      19.14 qIV19  
     r:+0.63  9.27         19.14 (9.87)
  2 Brownstead, Mat  FR UVA                 19.26      19.19 qIV19  
     r:+0.61  9.19        19.19 (10.00)
  3 Vera, Blaise     SR PITT                19.46      19.30 qIV19  
     r:+0.64  9.14        19.30 (10.16)
  4 Ramadan, Yousse  FR VT                  19.58      19.37 qB     
     r:+0.58  9.42         19.37 (9.95)
  5 Hallock, Thomas  SR VT                  19.88      19.41 qB     
     r:+0.64  9.23        19.41 (10.18)
  6 Deliyiannis, Mi  SR Louisville          19.93      19.44 qB     
     r:+0.68  9.31        19.44 (10.13)
  7 Eastman, Michae  JR Louisville          20.08      19.50 qB     
     r:+0.63  9.39        19.50 (10.11)
  8 Cummings, Tanne  JR Louisville          20.12      19.51 qB     
     r:+0.58  9.35        19.51 (10.16)