2015 Men’s NCAAs Day 2 ACC Roundup – Sam Lewis: Swimming in a Shark Cage

Men’s NCAA DI Championships


10. NC State – 104.5
23. Louisville – 72
17. UNC – 49.5
18. Miami – 49
24. Georgia Tech – 14
26. Virginia Tech – 2
29. Florida St – 11
31. Notre Dame – 7

North Carolina Butterflier Sam Lewis Keeps Texas from Sweeping 1-6 in 100 Fly

North Carolina junior Sam Lewis might not necessarily be on the lookout for extreme adventure, but he experienced the equivalent of swimming in a shark cage on Friday night in the final of the 100 fly. The fifth-fastest qualifier in the now-famous heat with six Longhorns, Lewis found himself in lane 2 for finals. Just about as far as he could see to his left, as well as to his immediate right, were sharks in burnt orange.

Lewis didn’t seem to notice, though, as he kept his head down and cruised to a fifth-place finish in 45.66, just, .06 off his morning time which had been a career-best. It was the highest podium rung achieved by a Tarheel since Tom Luchsinger’s fifth in the 200 fly at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

In an admirable double, Lewis also scored points for UNC in the 100 back, where he placed 12th in 46.26. Lewis’ prelims time of 45.93 tied the school record. That marked the first time since 2010 that a Tarheel had scored in two individual events on the same day.

Quick Hits

  • In the only meet record to go down on Day Two, Miami diver Samuel Dorman crushed the field on the 3-meter board with 529.10 points. Dorman eclipsed the old mark by 33.3 points.
  • UVA’s JB Kolod broke the Virginia school record in 3-meter diving with his tenth-place 444.75 points.
  • Sophomore diver Jack Nyquist of UNC took 11th place in 3-meter diving with 432.10 points, becoming the first Tarheel diver since 1948 to score in two events at the same NCAA championship meet.
  • Florida State sophomore Jason Coombs, who won the consolation final of the 100 breast (52.11), and senior Connor Knight , who placed 16th in the 100 fly (46.42), both earned All-American honors for the Seminoles.
  • Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen came in tenth in the 400 IM with 3:42.67.
  • Simonas Bilis placed tenth in the 200 free with 1:33.68.
  • ACC relays had a banner day in Iowa City. The North Carolina State quartet of Ryan Held (1:33.62), David Williams (1:32.51), Soren Dahl (1:33.35) and Bilis (1:33.00) finished second to USC in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:12.48, which set both a school and a conference record. The Wolfpack also scored a 13th in the 200 medley relay team with Hennessey Stuart, Derek Hren, Dahl and Williams (1:24.77).
  • Louisville had a great 200 medley relay, with Grigory Tarasevich (21.54), Thomas Dahlia (23.38), Josh Quallen (19.98) and Trevor Carroll (19.00) combining for 1:23.90. The swim set a new school record and Tarasevich’s leadoff was the fastest 50 back in Louisville history as well.
  • Louisville set three more school records on Day Two: Nolan Tesone’s 3:44.36 in the prelims of the 400 IM was the fastest-ever by a Card. Pedro Coutinho set a school mark in finals of the 100 fly, when he went 45.84 to place 11th. Tarasevich lowered his own school record in the 100 back when he finished 10th in 45.97.
  • Also, the Cards’ Dahlia earned All-American honors in the 100 breast with his eighth-place finish (51.99), and their 800 free relay (Matthias Lindenbauer, Trevor Carroll, Jonathan Zoucha, and Rudy Edelen) took 14th.
  • UNC’s medley relay, consisting of Nic Graesser (21.52), Kurt Wohlrab (24.17), Lewis (20.22) and Logan Heck (19.68) finished 14th in 1:25.59.
  • Virginia Tech’s (Owen Burns, Lucas Bureau, Morgan Latimer, and Michal Szuba) and Notre Dame’s (Trent Jackson, Benjamin Jany, Reed Fujan, and Tommy Anderson) 800 free relays earned All-American honors with their respective 15th- and 16th-place finishes.

Photo Gallery

Sam Lewis (photo from UNC Swim and Dive on Twitter)

Sam Lewis (photo from UNC Swim and Dive on Twitter)

 Jason Coombs (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Jason Coombs (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Robert Owen (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Robert Owen (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

From Louisville Swim and Dive on Twitter

From Louisville Swim and Dive on Twitter

Samuel Dorman  (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Samuel Dorman (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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