NCAA Division I Men’s Championships: NC State Delivers 200 Free Relay Title to Texas With Another DQ

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No team has been hit with more impactful relay disqualifications than NC State in the past few years, and the most costly happened tonight in the men’s 200-yard free relay.

After fighting through a preliminary disqualification this morning to regain the top seed in the event tonight, NC State lost its first NCAA relay title with a disqualification during a 1:15.16 swim.  That would have been NC State’s first national title since Cullen Jones in 2006.

N.C. State has made a habit with some huge relay disqualifications. In 2013, N.C. State lost its 800-yard free relay at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships after a swimmer jumped into the water to congratulate anchor David Williams for a win against Virginia.

Then, at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships, N.C. State drew a preliminary disqualification in this same event, the 200-yard free relay, for an early takeoff as well.

Texas claimed its fifth 200-yard free relay title as Matt Ellis, John Murray, Jack Conger and Kip Darmody posted a 1:15.86.  That’s Texas’ first win in the event since 1996.

Other Texas wins:

1989 Texas (Shaun Jordan, Keith Anderson, Alex Wittig, Doug Gjertsen), 1:18.44
1990 Texas (Shaun Jordan, Jack Currin, Doug Dickinson, Alex Wittig), 1:18.73
1991 Texas (Shaun Jordan, Brett Stone, Alex Wittig, Doug Dickinson), 1:18.32
1996 Texas (Brian Esway, Sean McGrath, Steve Martyak, Neil Walker), 1:17.90

California’s Tyler Messerschmidt, Seth Stubblefield, Fabio Gimondi and Ryan Murphy placed second overall in 1:16.02 with Auburn’s Arthur Mendes, Jacob Molacek, Michael Duderstadt and Kyle Darmody taking third in 1:16.04.

1 Texas                         1:15.91    1:15.86         40  
     1) Ellis, Matt JR                2) Murray, John JR              
     3) Conger, Jack SO               4) Darmody, Kip SR              
                  9.41        19.33 (19.33)
           28.10 (8.77)       38.18 (18.85)
           46.87 (8.69)       56.93 (18.75)
         1:05.83 (8.90)     1:15.86 (18.93)
  2 California                    1:16.57    1:16.02         34  
     1) Messerschmidt, Tyler JR       2) Stubblefield, Seth SR        
     3) Gimondi, Fabio SR             4) Murphy, Ryan SO              
                  9.31        19.24 (19.24)
           28.00 (8.76)       38.06 (18.82)
           47.22 (9.16)       57.34 (19.28)
         1:06.05 (8.71)     1:16.02 (18.68)
  3 Auburn                        1:16.35    1:16.04         32  
     1) Mendes, Arthur JR             2) Molacek, Jacob FR            
     3) Duderstadt, Michael SO        4) Darmody, Kyle SO             
                  9.46        19.58 (19.58)
           28.35 (8.77)       38.36 (18.78)
           47.18 (8.82)       57.32 (18.96)
         1:06.16 (8.84)     1:16.04 (18.72)
  4 Alabama                       1:16.52    1:16.54         30  
     1) Gkolomeev, Kristian SO        2) Gray, Alex SO                
     3) Kaliszak, Luke FR             4) Walsh, Brett JR              
                  9.26        18.98 (18.98)
           27.88 (8.90)       38.20 (19.22)
           47.17 (8.97)       57.36 (19.16)
         1:06.20 (8.84)     1:16.54 (19.18)
  5 Southern Califor              1:15.85    1:16.55         28  
     1) Condorelli, Santo SO          2) Carter, Dylan SO             
     3) Tribuntsov, Ralf FR           4) Spinazzola, Luca SR          
                  9.39        19.53 (19.53)
           28.28 (8.75)       38.27 (18.74)
           47.09 (8.82)       57.28 (19.01)
         1:06.37 (9.09)     1:16.55 (19.27)
  6 Missouri                      1:16.90    1:17.18         26  
     1) Margritier, Matt JR           2) Chadwick, Michael SO         
     3) Aragona, Christian SO         4) Tierney, Sam SR              
                  9.39        19.54 (19.54)
           28.53 (8.99)       38.44 (18.90)
           47.52 (9.08)       57.82 (19.38)
         1:06.89 (9.07)     1:17.18 (19.36)
  7 Michigan                      1:16.52    1:17.23         24  
     1) Powers, Paul FR               2) Tafuto, Vincent SO           
     3) Glanda, Justin SR             4) Ortiz, Bruno SR              
                  9.35        19.44 (19.44)
           28.64 (9.20)       38.98 (19.54)
           48.16 (9.18)       58.29 (19.31)
         1:07.09 (8.80)     1:17.23 (18.94)
 -- NC State                      1:15.79         DQ        
     1) Bilis, Simonas JR             2) Held, Ryan FR                
     3) Schiellerup, Andreas SO       4) Williams, David SR           
                  9.34        19.19 (19.19)
           27.83 (8.64)       37.78 (18.59)
           46.63 (8.85)       56.90 (19.12)
         1:05.19 (8.29)          DQ (18.26)
  1. Texas                              40   2. California                         34
  3. Auburn                             32   4. Alabama                            30
  5. Southern Cali                      28   6. Missouri                           26
  7. Michigan                           24   8. Arizona                            18
  9. Florida                            14  10. Unlv (M)                           12
 11. Louisville                          9  11. Ohio St                             9
 13. Stanford                            6  14. UNC                                 4
 15. Tennessee                           2

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, Live Results – Results

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