ACC Men’s Championships, Day 4 Prelims: Team Race Heats Up into Final Day

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Nick Albiero. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The ACC Men’s Championships are going to come down to the wire, with three teams in striking distance of the title. A relay DQ has NC State mired in third, but the Wolfpack typically finish meets strong. Louisville will have its work cut out to hold off the charge.

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

Ups, Mids, Downs

  1. NC State 6, 8, 3
  2. Virginia Tech 6, 4, 3
  3. Louisville 6, 3, 3
  4. Virginia 6, 3, 0
  5. North Carolina 2, 3, 4
  6. Pittsburgh 2, 3, 3
  7. Georgia Tech 2, 1, 0
  8. Notre Dame 1, 3, 7
  9. Florida State 1, 3, 5
  10. Duke 0, 1, 4
  11. Boston College 0, 0, 0

200 backstroke

Mitchell Whyte got Louisville off to a quick start Saturday morning with a 1:40.89 to nab the top seed in the finals. Justin Grender of Virginia was second with Samuel Tornqvist of Virginia Tech third. NC State’s Kacper Stokowski, winner of the 100 back, was fourth, one of five Wolfpack swimmers in the A and B finals.

Event 17  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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         Conf: % 1:37.71  2/29/2020 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 1:37.71  2/29/2020 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
     American: @ 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
   U. S. Open: * 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         NCAA: $ 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         Pool: ^ 1:37.71  2/29/2020 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
                 1:39.16  A
                 1:41.31  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:45.04  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Whyte, Mitchell  JR Louisville        1:43.55    1:40.89 qIV19  
    r:+0.60  23.09        48.80 (25.71)
        1:15.21 (26.41)     1:40.89 (25.68)
  2 Grender, Justin  JR UVA               1:41.26    1:41.05 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  23.74        49.03 (25.29)
        1:14.97 (25.94)     1:41.05 (26.08)
  3 Tornqvist, Samu  SR VT                1:42.46    1:41.60 qB     
    r:+0.64  24.03        49.69 (25.66)
        1:15.72 (26.03)     1:41.60 (25.88)
  4 Stokowski, Kacp  SO NC State               NT    1:41.69 qB     
    r:+0.63  23.28        48.87 (25.59)
        1:15.18 (26.31)     1:41.69 (26.51)
  5 Conway, Sean     SO UVA               1:43.00    1:41.84 qB     
    r:+0.68  24.17        49.99 (25.82)
        1:16.02 (26.03)     1:41.84 (25.82)
  6 Wever, Jack      JR Louisville        1:45.37    1:42.03 qB     
    r:+0.65  24.31        49.91 (25.60)
        1:15.83 (25.92)     1:42.03 (26.20)
  7 Thames, Christo  SR UNC               1:43.63    1:42.04 qB     
    r:+0.61  23.96        50.03 (26.07)
        1:16.05 (26.02)     1:42.04 (25.99)
  8 Healy, John      JR NC State          1:43.22    1:42.34 qB     
    r:+0.66  23.96        49.73 (25.77)
        1:16.13 (26.40)     1:42.34 (26.21)

100 freestyle

It’s going to be a showdown in an event where the top four seeds are a quarter-second apart. Leading the way is Youssef Ramadan, winner of the 100 fly, with a time of 42.27. His Virginia Tech teammate Philip Manoff is eighth as the Hokies chase a podium spot.

Pitt’s Blaise Vera is the second seed at 42.37, looking for a gold to cap his stellar career. Matt Brownstead, the 50 free champ is third in 42.38, with Abdelrahman Sameh of Louisville fourth.

Event 18  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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         Conf: % 41.05  2/24/2018 Ryan Held, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 41.41  2/24/2018 Ryan Held, NC State-NC
     American: @ 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: * 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         NCAA: $ 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: ^ 41.31  12/6/2014 Nathan Adrian, CAL-PC
                 41.71  A
                 42.53  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 43.80  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Ramadan, Yousse  FR VT                  43.10      42.27 qIV19  
    r:+0.61  19.87        42.27 (22.40)
  2 Vera, Blaise     SR PITT                43.56      42.37 qIV19  
    r:+0.70  19.86        42.37 (22.51)
  3 Brownstead, Mat  FR UVA                 42.03      42.38 qIV19  
    r:+0.59  20.34        42.38 (22.04)
  4 Sameh, Abdelrah  SO Louisville          43.74      42.54 qB     
    r:+0.65  20.47        42.54 (22.07)
  5 Tapp, Hunter     SO NC State            42.70      42.66 qB     
    r:+0.77  20.44        42.66 (22.22)
  6 Varjasi, Peter   SO Florida St          42.91      42.77 qB     
    r:+0.71  20.48        42.77 (22.29)
  7 Eastman, Michae  JR Louisville          43.53      42.93 qB     
    r:+0.67  20.46        42.93 (22.47)
  8 Manoff, Philip   JR VT                  43.64      42.96 qB     
    r:+0.62  20.17        42.96 (22.79)

200 breaststroke

Evgenii Somov, fresh off a win in the 100 breast, may be the favorite. But the Louisville senior isn’t the top seed. That honor goes to Notre Dame’s Josh Bottelberghe by .07 seconds in 1:53.34. Pitt’s Cooper van der Laan is third with Caio Pumputis of Georgia Tech fourth.

In the team race, Somov is Louisville’s only rep in the A or B final. NC State is locked out of the A final with two B finalists.

There were some key DQs as Virginia’s Matthew Otto was called for a one hand touch as he would have been seeded seventh while Virginia Tech’s Keith Myburgh would have been in the B-Final.

Event 19  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         Conf: % 1:50.79  3/25/2019 Caio Pumputis, GT-GA
     ACC Meet: & 1:51.46  3/2/2019  Caio Pumputis, GT-GA
     American: @ 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas-ST
   U. S. Open: * 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas-ST
         NCAA: $ 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas-ST
         Pool: ^ 1:51.46  3/2/2019  Caio Pumputis, GT-GA
                 1:52.61  A
                 1:54.04  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:58.43  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Bottelberghe, J  JR ND                1:56.55    1:53.34 qIV19  
    r:+0.72  25.83        54.43 (28.60)
        1:23.57 (29.14)     1:53.34 (29.77)
  2 Somov, Evgenii   SR Louisville        1:56.11    1:53.41 qIV19  
    r:+0.71  25.57        54.88 (29.31)
        1:24.16 (29.28)     1:53.41 (29.25)
  3 Van Der Laan, C  JR PITT              1:55.98    1:53.42 qIV19  
    r:+0.65  25.57        54.55 (28.98)
        1:24.14 (29.59)     1:53.42 (29.28)
  4 Pumputis, Caio   SR GT                1:53.47    1:53.44 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  25.39        53.81 (28.42)
        1:23.22 (29.41)     1:53.44 (30.22)
  5 Nichols, Noah    FR UVA               1:56.91    1:53.49 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  25.39        53.92 (28.53)
        1:23.20 (29.28)     1:53.49 (30.29)
  5 Abaliksta, Vald  SR UNC               1:55.19    1:53.49 qIV19  
    r:+0.79  25.53        54.05 (28.52)
        1:23.29 (29.24)     1:53.49 (30.20)
  7 Coll Marti, Car  FR VT                1:54.76    1:54.13 qB     
    r:+0.62  25.79        54.51 (28.72)
        1:23.74 (29.23)     1:54.13 (30.39)
  8 Barnum, Joseph   SR UVA               1:54.36    1:54.14 qB     
    r:+0.64  25.60        54.40 (28.80)
        1:24.05 (29.65)     1:54.14 (30.09)

200 butterfly

Louisville’s Nick Albiero is shooting for his third straight conference title in the 200 butterfly with a 1:40.79 this morning to lead the qualifiers as he is ahead of Virginia Tech’s Antani Ivanov (1:41.59) and Georgia Tech’s Christian Ferraro (1:41.69).

The Hokies also qualified junior Dylan Eichberg (1:42.47) to the A-Final while NC State will have three A-Finalists in Noah Bowers (1:43.43), Zachary Brown (1:44.16) and Noah Henderson (1:44.24).

 Event 20  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
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         Conf: % 1:38.57  3/28/2018 Andreas Vazaios, NC State-NC
     ACC Meet: & 1:38.65  2/29/2020 Nicolas Albiero, Louisville-KY
     American: @ 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas-ST
   U. S. Open: * 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas-ST
         NCAA: $ 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
         Pool: ^ 1:38.65  2/29/2020 Nicolas Albiero, Louisville-KY
                 1:40.76  A
                 1:42.35  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:46.69  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Albiero, Nicola  SR Louisville        1:41.98    1:40.79 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  22.78        48.54 (25.76)
        1:14.14 (25.60)     1:40.79 (26.65)
  2 Ivanov, Antani   JR VT                1:41.73    1:41.59 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  22.65        48.33 (25.68)
        1:14.72 (26.39)     1:41.59 (26.87)
  3 Ferraro, Christ  SR GT                1:42.64    1:41.69 qIV19  
    r:+0.65  22.31        48.18 (25.87)
        1:14.45 (26.27)     1:41.69 (27.24)
  4 Eichberg, Dylan  JR VT                1:44.91    1:42.47 qB     
    r:+0.54  22.72        48.76 (26.04)
        1:15.25 (26.49)     1:42.47 (27.22)
  5 Bowers, Noah     SO NC State          1:46.35    1:43.43 qB     
    r:+0.67  22.89        49.56 (26.67)
        1:16.21 (26.65)     1:43.43 (27.22)
  6 Fong, Joshua     SO UVA               1:43.76    1:43.60 qB     
    r:+0.66  23.72        50.28 (26.56)
        1:16.68 (26.40)     1:43.60 (26.92)
  7 Brown, Zachary   JR NC State          1:42.57    1:44.16 qB     
    r:+0.65  23.41        50.35 (26.94)
        1:17.24 (26.89)     1:44.16 (26.92)
  8 Henderson, Noah  SO NC State          1:43.26    1:44.24 qB     
    r:+0.63  22.77        48.93 (26.16)
        1:15.83 (26.90)     1:44.24 (28.41)