ACC Men’s Championships, Day 3 Prelims: Youssef Ramadan, Evgenii Somov, Lukas Miller Set Meet Records

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Evgenii Somov; Photo Courtesy: Sarah D. Davis/theACC.com

The third day of the ACC Men’s Championships got off to a flying start with three meet records in the morning session.

Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan started it by going 44.53 in the 100 butterfly, taking down the meet record set in 2017 by NC State’s Ryan Held (44.79). It also downed the Greensboro Aquatic Center mark set in 2020 by Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero (44.83).

In the 200 freestyle, Lukas Miler of NC State went 1:32.28 in prelims. That breaks the meet record held jointly between Albiero and Scott Robison of Virginia from 2010 at 1:32.45.

Evgenii Somov of Louisville entered his name to the record books in the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 51.36. It shaves a tenth off the meet record held since 2017 by Peter Kropp of Duke. He also trimmed by a half second his pool record from last year.

Team Standings (Through Night Two)

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 8                       
 
  1. VA Tech                           454   
  2. Louisville, University of         428
  2. North Carolina State Universit    428   
  4. North Carolina, University of,    350
  5. Virginia, University of           335   
  6. Florida State University          320
  7. Georgia Institute of Technolog    278   
  8. Pittsburgh, University of         186
  9. Notre Dame, University of         179  
 10. Duke University                   162
 11. University of Miami (Fl)          120  
 12. Boston College                     98

Up-Mid-Down

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

100 butterfly

Albiero will be stalking Ramadan in the final with the second seed in 45.00. Third is Pitt’s Blaise Vera, continuing a great meet. Four of the finalists are seniors.

Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
==================================================================
         Conf: % 22.39  2/24/2021 Zachary Smith, ND-IN
     ACC Meet: & 22.39  2/24/2021 Zachary Smith, ND-IN
     American: @ 22.39  2/24/2021 Zachary Smith, ND-IN
   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 Ramadan, Youssef FR VT                  45.68      44.53^qA     
    r:+0.61  20.74        44.53 (23.79)
  2 Albiero, Nicolas SR Louisville          46.12      45.00 qA     
    r:+0.66  20.97        45.00 (24.03)
  3 Vera, Blaise     SR PITT                47.03      45.44 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  20.65        45.44 (24.79)
  4 Ivanov, Antani   JR VT                  46.09      45.51 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  21.20        45.51 (24.31)
  5 Manoff, Philip   JR VT                  46.15      45.60 qIV19  
    r:+0.62  21.15        45.60 (24.45)
  6 Ferraro, Christian SR GT                45.89      45.81 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  21.38        45.81 (24.43)
  7 Poelke, Boyd     FR UNC                 46.68      46.15 qB     
    r:+0.69  21.50        46.15 (24.65)
  8 Sobolewski, Luke SR NC State            46.07      46.17 qB     
    r:+0.68  21.21        46.17 (24.96)

400 individual medley

Casey Storch of Virginia leads the way in prelims at 3:44.24, but NC State is positioned to score significant points with three A-finalists. Eric Knowles is the second seed at 3:44.85. Just .01 back is teammate Erge Gezmis, who tied with Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland, champion of the 500 free. The top six swimmers are separated by less than a second.

Event 10  Men 400 Yard IM
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         Conf: % 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 Storch, Casey    JR UVA               3:45.71    3:44.24 qB     
    r:+0.67  23.35        50.45 (27.10)
        1:20.15 (29.70)     1:49.08 (28.93)
        2:20.06 (30.98)     2:51.53 (31.47)
        3:18.28 (26.75)     3:44.24 (25.96)
  2 Knowles, Eric    SR NC State          3:44.88    3:44.84 qB     
    r:+0.67  23.65        50.55 (26.90)
        1:19.83 (29.28)     1:48.64 (28.81)
        2:20.60 (31.96)     2:53.33 (32.73)
        3:19.63 (26.30)     3:44.84 (25.21)
  3 Hoagland, Jack   SO ND                3:43.78    3:44.85 qB     
    r:+0.74  23.90        51.43 (27.53)
        1:19.83 (28.40)     1:47.37 (27.54)
        2:18.41 (31.04)     2:50.98 (32.57)
        3:18.53 (27.55)     3:44.85 (26.32)
  3 Gezmis, Erge     SR NC State          3:50.67    3:44.85 qB     
    r:+0.71  24.14        51.54 (27.40)
        1:19.61 (28.07)     1:47.89 (28.28)
        2:20.30 (32.41)     2:53.17 (32.87)
        3:19.54 (26.37)     3:44.85 (25.31)
  5 Conway, Sean     SO UVA               3:47.07    3:45.06 qB     
    r:+0.68  23.81        50.82 (27.01)
        1:18.91 (28.09)     1:46.91 (28.00)
        2:18.87 (31.96)     2:51.49 (32.62)
        3:18.80 (27.31)     3:45.06 (26.26)
  6 Myburgh, Keith   JR VT                3:49.30    3:45.19 qB     
    r:+0.59  23.93        51.47 (27.54)
        1:20.45 (28.98)     1:48.97 (28.52)
        2:20.66 (31.69)     2:52.77 (32.11)
        3:19.77 (27.00)     3:45.19 (25.42)
  7 Dal Maso, Filip  JR VT                3:50.41    3:46.35 qB     
    r:+0.70  24.38        52.46 (28.08)
        1:21.32 (28.86)     1:49.64 (28.32)
        2:22.08 (32.44)     2:54.21 (32.13)
        3:20.66 (26.45)     3:46.35 (25.69)
  8 Moore, Michael   FR NC State          3:45.12    3:46.84 qB     
    r:+0.61  23.75        50.59 (26.84)
        1:19.06 (28.47)     1:46.59 (27.53)
        2:19.31 (32.72)     2:52.60 (33.29)
        3:19.99 (27.39)     3:46.84 (26.85)

200 freestyle

With Miller setting the pace, the Wolfpack have four of the top nine qualifiers in the race, Hunter Tapp and Noah Bowers breaking into the A final. Baturalp Unlu of Georgia Tech is the second seed, meaning the top two are freshmen, then there’s nearly a second back to third seed Philip Manoff of Virginia Tech.

 Event 11  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
         Conf: %   47.44  2/24/2021 Daniel Kertesz, GT-GA
     ACC Meet: &   47.44  2/24/2021 Daniel Kertesz, GT-GA
     American: @   47.44  2/24/2021 Daniel Kertesz, GT-GA
   U. S. Open: * 1:29.15  3/27/2019 Dean Farris, Harvard
         NCAA: $ 1:29.15  3/27/2019 Dean Farris, Harvard
         Pool: ^ 1:32.45  2/26/2020 Nicolas Albiero, Louisville-KY
                 1:32.05  A
                 1:34.21  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:36.32  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Miller, Lukas    FR NC State          1:33.83    1:32.28^qIV19  
    r:+0.61  21.42        44.90 (23.48)
        1:08.57 (23.67)     1:32.28 (23.71)
  2 Unlu, Baturalp   FR GT                1:33.31    1:32.87 qIV19  
    r:+0.67  21.54        44.97 (23.43)
        1:08.96 (23.99)     1:32.87 (23.91)
  3 Manoff, Philip   JR VT                1:34.46    1:33.78 qIV19  
    r:+0.64  21.40        45.11 (23.71)
        1:09.22 (24.11)     1:33.78 (24.56)
  4 Tapp, Hunter     SO NC State          1:34.40    1:33.81 qIV19  
    r:+0.80  21.77        45.26 (23.49)
        1:09.31 (24.05)     1:33.81 (24.50)
  5 Wright, Jack     SO UVA               1:34.88    1:34.36 qB     
    r:+0.72  22.15        46.14 (23.99)
        1:10.27 (24.13)     1:34.36 (24.09)
  6 Paulson, Colton  JR Louisville        1:34.91    1:34.86 qB     
    r:+0.68  22.28        46.39 (24.11)
        1:10.47 (24.08)     1:34.86 (24.39)
  7 Varjasi, Peter   SO Florida St        1:35.99    1:34.90 qB     
    r:+0.69  21.90        45.66 (23.76)
        1:10.28 (24.62)     1:34.90 (24.62)
  8 Bowers, Noah     SO NC State          1:36.82    1:34.99 qB     
    r:+0.69  21.89        45.89 (24.00)
        1:10.56 (24.67)     1:34.99 (24.43)

100 breaststroke

The vets are all there. First is Somov, one of four seniors in the final. Second is Virginia’s Joseph Barnum in 51.93. Fourth is North Carolina’s Valdas Abaliksta, and sixth is 200 IM champ Caio Pumputis of Georgia Tech.

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
         Conf: % 26.40  2/25/2021 Stephan Todorovic, BC-NE
     ACC Meet: & 26.40  2/25/2021 Stephan Todorovic, BC-NE
     American: @ 26.40  2/25/2021 Stephan Todorovic, BC-NE
   U. S. Open: * 49.69  3/23/2018 Ian Finnerty, Indiana-IN
         NCAA: $ 49.69  3/23/2018 Ian Finnerty, Indiana-IN
         Pool: ^ 51.85  2/28/2020 Evgenii Somov, Louisville-KY
                 51.67  A
                 52.52  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 54.27  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   SR Louisville          52.43      51.36^qA     
    r:+0.70  23.90        51.36 (27.46)
  2 Barnum, Joseph   SR UVA                 52.40      51.93 qIV19  
    r:+0.61  24.13        51.93 (27.80)
  3 Van Der Laan, Cooper  JR PITT           52.41      51.94 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  24.43        51.94 (27.51)
  4 Abaliksta, Valdas SR UNC                52.45      52.02 qIV19  
    r:+0.76  24.81        52.02 (27.21)
  5 Nichols, Noah    FR UVA                 52.94      52.09 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  24.30        52.09 (27.79)
  6 Pumputis, Caio   SR GT                  52.42      52.18 qIV19  
    r:+0.67  24.65        52.18 (27.53)
  7 Bottelberghe, Josh JR ND                53.35      52.31 qIV19  
    r:+0.70  24.57        52.31 (27.74)
  8 Pouch, AJ        SO VT                  53.72      52.47 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  24.88        52.47 (27.59)

100 backstroke

Albiero is the top seed in the 100 back to complete his daunting double. He went 45.26 in the morning, .07 quicker than NC State’s Kacper Stokowski. Louisville’s stoke prowess can gain the Cardinals some ground in this race, with Mitchell Whyte and Nikolaos Sofianidis also in the A final.

Event 13  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
         Conf: % 43.98  3/24/2019 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.04  2/28/2020 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: ^ 44.04  2/28/2020 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 Albiero, Nicolas SR Louisville          45.54      45.26 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  21.83        45.26 (23.43)
  2 Stokowski, Kacper SO NC State           47.50      45.33 qIV19  
    r:+0.62  21.73        45.33 (23.60)
  3 Barone, Kyle     JR GT                  45.30      45.43 qIV19  
    r:+0.62  21.37        45.43 (24.06)
  4 Whyte, Mitchell  JR Louisville          46.47      45.54 qIV19  
    r:+0.61  21.87        45.54 (23.67)
  5 Herbet, Mason    FR Florida St          47.14      45.93 qIV19  
    r:+0.62  21.83        45.93 (24.10)
  6 Sofianidis, Nikolaos  SR Louisville     46.98      46.22 qB     
    r:+0.63  22.21        46.22 (24.01)
  7 Grender, Justin  JR UVA                 47.11      46.35 qB     
    r:+0.67  22.17        46.35 (24.18)
  8 Webb, Forest     SO VT                  46.98      46.54 qB     
    r:+0.65  22.58        46.54 (23.96)

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