Beata Nelson Closes NC State Invite With 1:49 200 Back; Coleman Stewart Posts 1:39 2Back

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Beata Nelson posted the nation's top time in the 200 backstroke. Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

Wisconsin senior Beata Nelson continued her impressive weekend at the NC State Invitational in Greensboro as she won the 200 backstroke with a 1:49.51. Nelson won her third event of the weekend at the NC State Invite as she put up the nation’s top time in the 200 backstroke, finishing ahead of NC State’s Emma Muzzy (1:52.22) and Katharine Berkoff (1:52.29) as Muzzy was actually quicker in the morning at 1:51.80 to put her fifth in this weekend’s power rankings.

Nelson also picked up wins in the 200 IM and 100 back, posting the nation’s top time in both events as well. She is the reigning NCAA champion and will have the target on her back this season, but she showed she isn’t bothered by that thus far, staying composed throughout the invite with three number one times.

Beata Nelson was joined by MJ Mao as winners for the Badgers on Saturday night as Mao won the 200 breast at 1:55.55, sitting seventh in the nation this weekend.

The other biggest swim of the night came from NC State’s Coleman Stewart, who won the 200 back at 1:39.98. It was actually the first time Stewart had swam the 200 back all season and he showed he is still in shape to swim it well, finishing ahead of Arizona State’s Zachary Poti (1:41.34) and Wisconsin’s Cameron Tysoe (1:41.92). Stewart is now second in Division I this weekend as Poti is fourth.

The Wolfpack were also able to get wins from Ross Dant in the 1650 (14:53.72), Nyls Korstanjee in the 100 free (42.67), Sophie Hansson in the 200 breeast (2:08.31) and Zach Brown in the 200 fly (1:43.99). The Wolfpack didn’t put up any nation-leading times from the other invites this weekend but NC State has been known to be a great rested team and they should be much better come February and March.

Arizona State’s Emma Nordin won the 1650 (15:58.90), Auburn’s Julie Meynen won the 100 free (47.73) and Arizona State’s Lindsay Looney won the 200 fly (1:56.49).

Women’s 1650

  1. Emma Nordin, Arizona State, 15:58.90
  2. Kate Moore, NC State, 16:01.64
  3. Cierra Runge, Arizona State, 16:05.75

Men’s 1650

  1. Ross Dant, NC State, 14:53.72
  2. Eric Knowles, NC State, 15:05.35
  3. Ben Olszewski, Arizona State, 15:10.27

Women’s 200 Back

  1. Beata Nelson, Wisconsin, 1:49.51
  2. Emma Muzzy, NC State, 1:52.22
  3. Katharine Berkoff, NC State, 1:52.29

Men’s 200 Back

  1. Coleman Stewart, NC State, 1:39.98
  2. Zachary Poti, Arizona State, 1:41.34
  3. Cameron Tysoe, Wisconsin, 1:41.92

Women’s 100 Free

  1. Julie Meynen, Auburn, 47.73
  2. Claire Fisch, Auburn, 48.20
  3. Alyssa Marsh, Duke, 48.23

Men’s 100 Free

  1. Nyls Korstanje, NC State, 42.67
  2. Carter Swift, Arizona State, 42.81
  3. Miles Williams, Duke, 43.05

Women’s 200 Breast

  1. Sophie Hansson, NC State, 2:08.31
  2. Julia Poole, NC State, 2:09.75
  3. Silja Kansakoski, Arizona State, 2:10.30

Men’s 200 Breast

  1. MJ Mao, Wisconsin, 1:55.55
  2. Rafal Kusto, NC State, 1:56.84
  3. Spencer Rowe, Auburn, 1:57.38

Women’s 200 Fly

  1. Lindsay Looney, Arizona State, 1:56.49
  2. Jade Foelske, Arizona Stat, 1:57.18
  3. Easop Lee, Duke, 1:57.49

Men’s 200 Fly

  1. Zach Brown, NC State, 1:43.99
  2. Noah Henderson, NC State, 1:44.85
  3. Alexander Colson, Arizona State, 1:44.98

Women’s 400 Free Relay

  1. Auburn, 3:12.52
  2. NC State, 3:13.31
  3. Duke, 3:15.20

Men’s 400 Free Relay

  1. Arizona State, 2:49.94
  2. NC State, 2:50.50
  3. Wisconsin, 2:55.18

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