Anton Ipsen, Simonas Bilis With Monster Days to Help N.C. State Men Beat Georgia

RALEIGH, North Carolina, October 18. A day after Georgia smoked North Carolina, the N.C. State Wolfpack had an answer for the Bulldogs with a 155-143 win.

The Wolfpack men broke a pool record in the 200-yard medley relay as Andreas Schiellerup, Derek Hren, Soren Dahl and David Williams raced their way to a 1:28.05.

Freshman Anton Ipsen smashed the top time in the nation in the 1000-yard free with a 9:01.83 for the win. That was well ahead of Carlos Omana’s 9:11.59 for Florida against Kentucky two days ago. UGA’s Kevin Litherland (9:16.69) and N.C. State’s Adam Linker (9:17.38) took second and third. Ipsen swept the distance events with another top-ranked time as he clocked a 4:22.03 in the 500-yard free. UGA’s Kevin Litherland (4:28.85) and Matias Koski (4:31.13) took second and third.

Simonas Bilis started his strong night with a winning 1:37.02 in the 200-yard free. That clipped Pawel Werner’s 1:37.08 for the top time in the NCAA. UGA’s Matias Koski (1:37.56) and Alec Cohen (1:38.76) finished second and third, with Koski demonstrating some consistency considering he just went 1:37.44 yesterday against North Carolina.

Bilas doubled up with a 19.96 in the 50-yard free, just the fifth swimmer to break 20 seconds so far this year. Teammate Ryan Held took second in 20.59 with UGA’s Michael Trice placing third in 20.66. Bilis closed out a three-win meet with a 43.74 in the 100-yard free. That put him second in the country, behind only Utah’s Nick Soedel. Held (44.86) and Trice (44.87) replicated the 50 free podium.

NC State’s Andreas Schiellerup took home the 100-yard back title in 48.60 with UGA’s Ty Stewart placing second in 48.98. NC State’s Hennesseey Stuart earned third-place honors in 49.19. Stuart bounced back in the 200 back with a 1:46.26 for the win, while Stewart placed second in 1:46.55. NC State’s Stephen Coetzer placed third in 1:47.80.

UGA’s Nic Fink countered the NC State onslaught with the first sub-54 second 100-yard breast of the season as he won in 53.99 to take the top of the rankings. NC State’s Derek Hren placed second in 54.50 with UGA’s Gunnar Bentz earning third in 56.03. Fink swept the breaststrokes with a 1:59.12 in the 200-yard breast. Chase Kalisz took second in 2:00.29 with Bentz earning third in 2:00.66.

NC State’s Christian McCurdy responded with a 1:44.77 to win the men’s 200-yard fly, taking down a big name as Chase Kalisz placed second in 1:44.83. UGA’s Pace Clark wound up third in 1:47.06. Clark returned in the 100-yard fly with a 48.00 for the win. McCurdy took second in 48.39 with NC State’s Soeren Dahl earning third in 48.49.

Kalisz shrugged off a pair of second-place finishes to post the top-ranked time in the country in the 200-yard IM with a 1:46.71. Bentz took second in 1:47.35 for second in the nation, while McCurdy wound up third in 1:47.79 for fourth in the NCAA.

NC State’s Held, Williams, Schiellerup and Bilis ended the meet with a 2:56.12 to win the 400-yard free relay, the fastest time in the country right now.

Ian Forlini swept the men’s diving events with 346.73 points in the one-meter and 367.95 points in the three-meter.

Results: NC State men vs. Georgia