ACC Men’s Championships, Day 3: DQ Drama Has Louisville in Lead

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Youssef Ramadan Photo Courtesy: Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech Athletics

Day 3 of the ACC Men’s Championships, unexpectedly, meant three teams in the lead at some point during the night session. First it was Virginia Tech, which took the early initiative with Youssef Ramadan’s win in the 100 butterfly. Then came NC State’s turn to defend its crown with its depth.

But a controversial disqualification in the 400 medley relay means that we flip the page to the final day of the meet with Louisville out front, including a boost from platform diving scores, completed last week and factored in after Friday’s competition.

Team Standings

(Includes platform diving scores and all Friday events)

   Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 15                      
 
  1. Louisville, University of         825   
  2. VA Tech                           800
  3. North Carolina State Universit    760   
  4. Virginia, University of           629
  5. North Carolina, University of,    567   
  6. Florida State University          536
  7. Georgia Tech                      507   
  8. Notre Dame, University of         425
  9. Pittsburgh, University of         288  
 10. Duke University                   272
 11. University of Miami (Fl)          207  
 12. Boston College                    148

100 butterfly

The Hokies started on an emphatic note thanks to Youssef Ramadan, who defended his top seed from morning prelims to win the 100 fly. After going 44.53 in the morning, he lowered his meet record to 44.32, in the process denying Nicolas Albiero of Louisville a repeat championships with a controlled swim from start to finish. Both he and Albiero clocked NCAA A cuts.

Virginia Tech just about maximized its points, with Antani Ivanov in third, leapfrogging Blaise Vera of Pitt from the morning, and Philip Manoff in fifth.

It expands Va Tech’s lead to 33 points over the Cardinals and 91 over NC State.

Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
         Conf: % 44.46  3/23/2019 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 44.79  3/1/2017  Ryan Held, NC State-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: ^ 44.53  2/26/2021 Ramadan Youssef, VT-VA
                 45.05  A
                 45.90  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 47.43  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ramadan, Yousse  FR VT                  44.53      44.32%A       32  
    r:+0.61  20.11        44.32 (24.21)
  2 Albiero, Nicola  SR Louisville          45.00      44.67&A       28  
    r:+0.63  20.76        44.67 (23.91)
  3 Ivanov, Antani   JR VT                  45.51      45.21 IV19    27  
    r:+0.62  21.18        45.21 (24.03)
  4 Vera, Blaise     SR PITT                45.44      45.29 IV19    26  
    r:+0.69  20.71        45.29 (24.58)
  5 Manoff, Philip   JR VT                  45.60      45.50 IV19    25  
    r:+0.62  21.20        45.50 (24.30)
  6 Poelke, Boyd     FR UNC                 46.15      46.02 B       24  
    r:+0.69  21.27        46.02 (24.75)
  7 Ferraro, Christ  SR GT                  45.81      46.05 B       23  
    r:+0.65  21.49        46.05 (24.56)
  8 Sobolewski, Luk  SR NC State            46.17      47.04 B       22  
    r:+0.69  21.51        47.04 (25.53)

400 individual medley

Jack Hoagland made it two ACC titles in as many nights, swimming away from the field in 3:40.99 to take 400 IM gold. He won the 500 free on Thursday.

The big jump was Keith Myburgh of Virginia Tech, who gave the Hokies’ title shot a boost by vaulting from sixth after prelims to second in 3:43.45, .01 ahead of NC State’s Erge Gezmis. The top seed from prelims, Virginia’s Casey Storch, ended up fourth.

Event 10  Men 400 Yard IM
=========================================================================
         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            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Hoagland, Jack   SO ND                3:44.85    3:40.99 IV19    32  
    r:+0.73  23.73        50.97 (27.24)
        1:18.69 (27.72)     1:45.92 (27.23)
        2:16.97 (31.05)     2:49.03 (32.06)
        3:15.29 (26.26)     3:40.99 (25.70)
  2 Myburgh, Keith   JR VT                3:45.19    3:43.45 B       28  
    r:+0.58  24.35        52.33 (27.98)
        1:21.09 (28.76)     1:49.75 (28.66)
        2:20.10 (30.35)     2:51.33 (31.23)
        3:18.06 (26.73)     3:43.45 (25.39)
  3 Gezmis, Erge     SR NC State          3:44.85    3:43.47 B       27  
    r:+0.70  24.07        51.57 (27.50)
        1:20.25 (28.68)     1:49.02 (28.77)
        2:20.82 (31.80)     2:52.89 (32.07)
        3:18.94 (26.05)     3:43.47 (24.53)
  4 Storch, Casey    JR UVA               3:44.24    3:44.31 B       26  
    r:+0.66  23.43        50.79 (27.36)
        1:19.92 (29.13)     1:48.64 (28.72)
        2:19.80 (31.16)     2:51.57 (31.77)
        3:18.21 (26.64)     3:44.31 (26.10)
  5 Moore, Michael   FR NC State          3:46.84    3:44.44 B       25  
    r:+0.59  23.76        51.13 (27.37)
        1:19.66 (28.53)     1:46.95 (27.29)
        2:19.09 (32.14)     2:52.05 (32.96)
        3:18.71 (26.66)     3:44.44 (25.73)
  6 Knowles, Eric    SR NC State          3:44.84    3:44.85 B       24  
    r:+0.69  23.77        51.20 (27.43)
        1:20.01 (28.81)     1:48.56 (28.55)
        2:20.85 (32.29)     2:53.74 (32.89)
        3:19.65 (25.91)     3:44.85 (25.20)
  7 Dal Maso, Filip  JR VT                3:46.35    3:45.45 B       23  
    r:+0.71  24.28        52.52 (28.24)
        1:21.81 (29.29)     1:50.18 (28.37)
        2:22.11 (31.93)     2:54.05 (31.94)
        3:20.65 (26.60)     3:45.45 (24.80)
  8 Conway, Sean     SO UVA               3:45.06    3:45.70 B       22  
    r:+0.68  23.79        51.10 (27.31)
        1:19.50 (28.40)     1:47.68 (28.18)
        2:19.95 (32.27)     2:52.52 (32.57)
        3:19.67 (27.15)     3:45.70 (26.03)

200 freestyle

Tip seeds for prelims are batting sub-.500 in the night setting. Luke Miller’s ACC Men’s Championships/Greensboro Aquatic Center pool record from the morning withstood the evening onslaught, but the NC State freshman had to settled for third in 1:32.93.

The win went to Baturalp Unlu of Georgia Tech, who got to the wall first in 1:32.40. Swimming like someone who wants to win a team title, Philip Manoff of Virginia Tech was second din 1:32.63. NC State went 3-4-8, with Hunter Tapp fourth, jumping into first place in the team standings.

Event 11  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         Conf: % 1:31.32  3/21/2018 Andreas Vazaios, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 1:32.28  2/24/2021 Lukas Miller, NC State-NC
     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: ^ 1:32.28  2/26/2021 Lukas Miller, NC State-NC
                 1:32.05  A
                 1:34.21  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:36.32  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Unlu, Baturalp   FR GT                1:32.87    1:32.40 IV19    32  
    r:+0.63  21.76        45.14 (23.38)
        1:08.84 (23.70)     1:32.40 (23.56)
  2 Manoff, Philip   JR VT                1:33.78    1:32.63 IV19    28  
    r:+0.63  21.16        44.57 (23.41)
        1:08.44 (23.87)     1:32.63 (24.19)
  3 Miller, Lukas    FR NC State          1:32.28    1:32.93 IV19    27  
    r:+0.62  21.41        44.84 (23.43)
        1:08.65 (23.81)     1:32.93 (24.28)
  4 Tapp, Hunter     SO NC State          1:33.81    1:33.93 IV19    26  
    r:+0.78  21.47        44.95 (23.48)
        1:09.30 (24.35)     1:33.93 (24.63)
  5 Paulson, Colton  JR Louisville        1:34.86    1:33.94 IV19    25  
    r:+0.68  21.96        45.75 (23.79)
        1:09.69 (23.94)     1:33.94 (24.25)
  6 Wright, Jack     SO UVA               1:34.36    1:34.18 IV19    24  
    r:+0.70  21.40        45.02 (23.62)
        1:09.48 (24.46)     1:34.18 (24.70)
  7 Varjasi, Peter   SO Florida St        1:34.90    1:34.32 B       23  
    r:+0.68  21.20        44.58 (23.38)
        1:09.06 (24.48)     1:34.32 (25.26)
  8 Bowers, Noah     SO NC State          1:34.99    1:34.49 B       22  
    r:+0.70  22.02        46.27 (24.25)
        1:10.66 (24.39)     1:34.49 (23.83)

100 breaststroke

ACC Men’s Championships/pool record in the morning. ACC record outright in the evening.

That’s how Evgenii Somov does it on the way to a third straight 100 breaststroke title. Somov controlled the field the entire way on the way to a time of 51.03 seconds. That undercuts Brandon Fiala’s conference record of 51.30 from 2017. Somov took down the meet record in the morning with his 51.36, striking Peter Kropp from the books.

Second was not the Virginia swimmer you might have expected: While Joseph Barnum dropped from the second seed to fifth, Noah Nichols rose from the fifth seed to third in 51.36. Cooper van der Laan of Pitt was third in 51.52. The top three all attained NCAA A cuts.

Event 12  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
         Conf: % 51.30  3/24/2017 Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
     ACC Meet: & 51.36  2/26/2021 Evgenii Somov, Louisville-KY
     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: ^ 51.36  2/26/2021 Evgenii Somov, Louisville-KY
                 51.67  A
                 52.52  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 54.27  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Somov, Evgenii   SR Louisville          51.36      51.03%A       32  
    r:+0.68  23.58        51.03 (27.45)
  2 Nichols, Noah    FR UVA                 52.09      51.36&A       28  
    r:+0.66  23.96        51.36 (27.40)
  3 Van Der Laan, C  JR PITT                51.94      51.52 A       27  
    r:+0.66  24.05        51.52 (27.47)
  4 Abaliksta, Vald  SR UNC                 52.02      51.74 IV19    26  
    r:+0.75  24.37        51.74 (27.37)
  5 Barnum, Joseph   SR UVA                 51.93      51.76 IV19    25  
    r:+0.58  24.09        51.76 (27.67)
  6 Pumputis, Caio   SR GT                  52.18      52.10 IV19    24  
    r:+0.64  24.46        52.10 (27.64)
  7 Bottelberghe, J  JR ND                  52.31      52.39 IV19    23  
    r:+0.72  24.39        52.39 (28.00)
  8 Pouch, Ananias   SO VT                  52.47      52.50 IV19    22  
    r:+0.70  24.75        52.50 (27.75)

100 backstroke

Kacper Stokowski got his hand to the wall first in a scintillating race where the top three finishers were separated by .29 seconds.

Georgia Tech’s Kyle Barone took the race out, he and Mitchell Whyte of Louisville clear ahead of the pack at the 50-yard mark, but Barone would fade to fourth in 45.93. Stokowski and top seed Nicolas Albiero closed hard, but it was NC State’s Stokowski who got in first in 44.82 to Albiero’s 44.85. Both are NCAA A cuts.

Louisville, which also had Nikolaos Sofianidis finish sixth, vaults Virginia Tech into second place with NC State out front.

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            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Stokowski, Kacp  SO NC State            45.33      44.82 A       32  
    r:+0.62  21.99        44.82 (22.83)
  2 Albiero, Nicola  SR Louisville          45.26      44.85 A       28  
    r:+0.66  21.66        44.85 (23.19)
  3 Whyte, Mitchell  JR Louisville          45.54      45.13 IV19    27  
    r:+0.58  21.50        45.13 (23.63)
  4 Barone, Kyle     JR GT                  45.43      45.93 IV19    26  
    r:+0.65  21.34        45.93 (24.59)
  5 Herbet, Mason    FR Florida St          45.93      46.10 B       25  
    r:+0.64  21.80        46.10 (24.30)
  6 Sofianidis, Nik  SR Louisville          46.22      46.72 B       24  
    r:+0.61  22.47        46.72 (24.25)
  7 Grender, Justin  JR UVA                 46.35      46.76 B       23  
    r:+0.65  22.42        46.76 (24.34)
  8 Webb, Forest     SO VT                  46.54      46.95 B       22  
    r:+0.69  22.76        46.95 (24.19)

400 medley relay

Twenty minutes to finalize the relay results is always bad news for someone, in this case NC State, which was disqualified for a 15-yard violation on backstroke. That denied the Wolfpack a podium spot, having finished second. Kacper Stokowski was out in 44.51, faster than the time used to win the 100 back, but he was judged not to have broken the surface of the water with his head before the 15-yard mark. NC State coaches were shown on the ACC Network broadcast with pictures of the infraction trying to dispute it, but to no avail.

It didn’t affect the winners Louisville, with Mitchell Whyte, Evgenii Somov, Nicolas Albiero and Abdelrahman Sameh taking charge to win in 3:02.91. They surged ahead on Albeiro’s leg and held off the pack.

Second was Georgia Tech, while NC State’s DQ means Virginia Tech, entering as the fifth seed, ends up on the podium in third. All three are NCAA A cuts.

Pitt was also disqualified for a 15-yard backstroke infraction, wiping out a 41.62 free split by Blaise Vera that would’ve been the fastest in the race.

The lack of points drops NC State to third. Louisville ends the day in first at 783 with Va Tech second in 767.

Event 14  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
         Conf: % 3:01.76  3/23/2018 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          C. Stewart, Molacek, Held, Ress
     ACC Meet: & 3:02.80  2/28/2020 Louisville, University of, Louisville-KY
                          M Whyte, E Somov, N Albiero, A Barna
     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: ^ 3:02.80  2/28/2020 Louisville, University of, Louisville-KY
                          M Whyte, E Somov, N Albiero, A Barna
                 3:05.95  A
                 3:07.74  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Louisville                    3:08.22    3:02.91 A       64  
     1) Whyte, Mitchell JR            2) r:0.13 Somov, Evgenii SR     
     3) r:0.24 Albiero, Nicolas SR    4) r:0.18 Sameh, Abdelrahman SO 
    r:+0.60  21.75        45.50 (45.50)
        1:08.67 (23.17)     1:36.08 (50.58)
        1:56.71 (20.63)     2:20.89 (44.81)
        2:40.26 (19.37)     3:02.91 (42.02)
  2 GT                            3:05.89    3:04.37 A       56  
     1) Barone, Kyle JR               2) r:0.38 Pumputis, Caio SR     
     3) r:0.18 Ferraro, Christian SR  4) r:0.08 Unlu, Baturalp FR     
    r:+0.64  21.61        45.83 (45.83)
        1:09.95 (24.12)     1:37.49 (51.66)
        1:58.13 (20.64)     2:22.35 (44.86)
        2:42.30 (19.95)     3:04.37 (42.02)
  3 VT                            3:08.48    3:05.53 A       54  
     1) Webb, Forest SO               2) r:0.48 Pouch, Ananias SO     
     3) r:0.26 Ivanov, Antani JR      4) r:-0.03 Ramadan, Youssef FR  
    r:+0.67  22.42        46.48 (46.48)
        1:10.74 (24.26)     1:38.65 (52.17)
        1:59.38 (20.73)     2:23.43 (44.78)
        2:42.96 (19.53)     3:05.53 (42.10)
  4 UVA                           3:07.90    3:06.88 B       52  
     1) Cole, William FR              2) r:0.43 Nichols, Noah FR      
     3) r:0.11 Edwards, Maxwell SO    4) r:0.14 Brownstead, Matthew FR
    r:+0.65  22.33        46.58 (46.58)
        1:10.77 (24.19)     1:38.45 (51.87)
        1:59.82 (21.37)     2:25.01 (46.56)
        2:44.68 (19.67)     3:06.88 (41.87)
  5 UNC                           3:09.07    3:07.39 B       50  
     1) Thames, Christopher SR        2) r:0.57 Abaliksta, Valdas SR  
     3) r:0.25 Poelke, Boyd FR        4) r:0.10 Messenger, William SR 
    r:+0.60  22.48        46.76 (46.76)
        1:11.07 (24.31)     1:38.64 (51.88)
        1:59.92 (21.28)     2:24.47 (45.83)
        2:44.48 (20.01)     3:07.39 (42.92)
  6 Florida St                    3:11.60    3:08.21         48  
     1) Herbet, Mason FR              2) r:0.42 Bastian, Izaak JR     
     3) r:0.18 McCusker, Max JR       4) r:0.22 Varjasi, Peter SO     
    r:+0.70  22.43        46.77 (46.77)
        1:11.05 (24.28)     1:38.85 (52.08)
        1:59.91 (21.06)     2:25.35 (46.50)
        2:45.64 (20.29)     3:08.21 (42.86)
  7 ND                            3:12.10    3:10.82         46  
     1) Fitzpatrick, John SO          2) r:0.42 Bottelberghe, Jshua JR
     3) r:0.24 Korndorffer, Chrles SO 4) r:0.22 Wilburn, Cason SO     
    r:+0.69  22.60        47.23 (47.23)
        1:12.00 (24.77)     1:40.33 (53.10)
        2:02.25 (21.92)     2:27.75 (47.42)
        2:47.77 (20.02)     3:10.82 (43.07)
  8 BC                            3:20.56    3:13.71         44  
     1) Roche, Samuel JR              2) r:0.33 Shepanzyk, Peter SR   
     3) r:0.33 Szekely, Matthew SO    4) r:0.25 Santana, Alexander SR 
    r:+0.58  22.74        47.15 (47.15)
        1:12.27 (25.12)     1:41.97 (54.82)
        2:03.49 (21.52)     2:29.57 (47.60)
        2:50.22 (20.65)     3:13.71 (44.14)
  9 Duke                          3:12.62    3:13.75         40  
     1) Hallaron, David JR            2) r:0.52 Zucker, Colson JR     
     3) r:0.12 Gingrich, Charlie SO   4) r:0.02 Reznick, Cole JR      
    r:+0.59  23.30        48.63 (48.63)
        1:13.91 (25.28)     1:43.20 (54.57)
        2:04.53 (21.33)     2:29.83 (46.63)
        2:50.46 (20.63)     3:13.75 (43.92)
 -- NC State                      3:08.37         DQ        
      Stroke Infraction swimmer #1: Head did not break the surface by 15 meters - back
     1) Stokowski, Kacper SO          2) r:0.09 Kusto, Rafal JR       
     3) r:0.25 Henderson, Noah SO     4) r:0.22 Tapp, Hunter SO       
    r:+0.68  21.65        44.51 (44.51)
        1:08.12 (23.61)     1:35.85 (51.34)
        1:56.91 (21.06)     2:22.28 (46.43)
        2:41.98 (19.70)          DQ (41.84)
 -- PITT                          3:11.92         DQ        
      Stroke Infraction swimmer #1: Head did not break the surface by 15 meters - back
     1) Goraj, Marcin FR              2) r:0.14 Van Der Laan, Coper JR
     3) r:0.30 Ahadzhanian, Serhii JR 4) r:0.38 Vera, Blaise SR       
    r:+0.70  22.69        48.40 (48.40)
        1:12.07 (23.67)     1:39.60 (51.20)
        2:01.33 (21.73)     2:26.29 (46.69)
        2:45.51 (19.22)          DQ (41.62)