In a Friday afternoon NCAA swimming showdown at Casey Aquatic Center in Raleigh, N.C., the NC State Wolfpack and Texas Longhorns faced off for the third straight year. In the end, neither meet was all that competitive in the team race, as the Texas women and NC State men each scored big wins.
The Texas women cruised to a 184-116 win over NC State. They got off to a hot start with a win in the 400 medley relay when the team of Claire Adams, Olivia Anderson, Remedy Rule and Rebecca Millard out-paced the top squad from NC State by more than two seconds and touched in 3:36.13.
Next up, NC State’s Hannah Moore out-paced Texas’ Joanna Evans in the 1000 free. Moore won the race in a quick 9:37.44, while Evans, an Olympian for the Bahamas, came in at 9:40.99. Texas went on a bit of a run after that, as Rule touched out Quinn Carrozza to win the 200 free (1:48.16 to 1:48.17), Adams won the 100 back (53.57) and Anderson took the victory in the 100 breast (1:01.15).
Lauren Case made it another win for the Longhorns in the 200 fly, coming in at 1:59.86, and then the Wolfpack finally got their second win with Ky-Lee Perry in the 50 free (22.48).
After a break, Perry won again, touching out Adams in the 100 free (49.31 to 49.39). Texas then resumed its winning ways with Carrozza taking the 200 back in a quick 1:56.08 and Anderson winning for the second time with a 2:13.85 in the 200 breast.
Evans got a bit of payback in the 500 free, beating out Moore 4:42.28 to 4:45.51. Rule got the win in the 100 fly (54.13), and the Longhorns’ Evie Pfeifer won the 400 IM (4:13.14), just edging out Moore (4:13.70).
To finish off the win, Adams, Rebecca Millard, Brooke Hansen and Rule won the 200 free relay for the Longhorns in 1:30.71, barely touching out the Wolfpack squad of Perry, Krista Duffield, Vasiliki Baka and Lexie Lupton.
Texas’ women also won both diving events, with Murphy Bromberg winning on one-meter (301.95) and Allison Gibson taking the three-meter (348.90).
For the second straight season, the Wolfpack men dominated the three-time NCAA champion Longhorns in dual meet action. With Olympians Ryan Held and Anton Ipsen leading the way, NC State won by a final score of 176 to 116.
The Wolfpack stormed to a win in the 200 medley relay, as Coleman Stewart, Jacob Molacek, Held and Justin Ress came in to finish in a quick time of 1:25.94.
Ipsen won the 1000 free in 8:49.75 and continued to not surrender event victories on their home turf. Ress won the 200 free in 1:36.21, easily defeating two-time NCAA champion and American record-holder Townley Haas (1:37.67). Stewart then won the 100 back (47.30), and Molacek grabbed first in the 100 breast (54.64).
Andreas Vazaios of the Wolfpack took first in the 200 fly in 1:43.63, while Joseph Schooling finished well back in third (1:46.16) for the Longhorns. Held then snatched big wins both the 50 and 100 free. Competing in those events for the first time all season, Held came in at 19.57 in the 50 and 43.16 in the 100.
Jonathan Roberts nearly pulled off Texas’ first win in the 200 back, but Hennessey Stuart got to the wall just ahead, 1:44.08 to 1:44.21. Patrick Schwarzenbach then won the 200 breast in 2:01.04 as NC State swept the top three spots in the event.
Ipsen won the 500 free in 4:18.84, beating 2016 NCAA champion Haas by almost seven seconds, as Haas touched in 4:25.42.
Texas finally got its first swimming win of the day in the 100 fly, when Olympic gold medalist Schooling popped a time of 47.17 to easily beat out his top Wolfpack challenger, Giovanni Izzo (47.17).
Vazaios got his second victory of the day in the 200 IM, touching in 1:45.98, and then Ress, Molacek, Mark McGlaughlin and Held won the 400 free relay 2:53.48.
Texas’ Jordan Windle won three-meter diving (465.60), and his teammate Jacob Cornish was first on one-meter (382.12)