2016 ACC Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 30

February 27th, 2016 ACC, College, News, Previews & Recaps


With all the diving points now added in, NC State is still firmly in the lead with 928 points and looks to be a lock to win its second-consecutive conference championship.  Louisville has 792.5 points, and with seven swimmers in A-finals tonight, they should be able to hold off Virginia Tech (688) and UNC (659.5).

Tonight’s finals will begin with the fastest heat of the 1650, where NC State’s Anton Ipsen comes in with the fastest seed time.  Three other Wolfpack swimmers had the fastest times in their respective events this morning.  Hennessey Stuart was the only swimmer below 1:40 in the 200 back, clocking in with a 1:39.76, and Simonas Bilis blasted a 41.77 in preliminaries.  In the 200 fly, Christian McCurdy recorded a time this morning that over a second faster than anyone else (1:43.03), but the remaining swimmers will all within 0.6 seconds of each other.  Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala will have lane four in the 200 breast A-final, and will be looking for his second win of the meet.

Keep refreshing this page for live event-by-event updates from Greensboro as they happen.

1650 Free – Finals

  1. Anton Ipsen, NC State – 14:44.95
  2. Adam Linker, NC State – 14:51.47
  3. Samuel Magnan, Virginia – 15:06.45

As expected, NC State’s Anton Ispen defended his title in the 1650 freestyle, swimming a 14:44.96, a NCAA automatic qualifying time.  Teammate Adam Linker made it a 1-2 Wolfpack sweep, as he touched in 14:51.47.  They were the only two swimmers under 15 minutes.  Third place went to Virginia freshman Samuel Magnan (15:06.45), swimming in the same, final, heat as Ipsen and Linker.  Duke sophomore Matthew Johnson had the fastest time out of the earlier heats, and his time of 15:08.84 was good enough for fourth place overall.

NC State has extended its lead, while Virginia Tech closed to within 68 points of Louisville, who did not earn any points in this event.

200 Back – Finals

  1. Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville – 1:39.28
  2. Hennessey Stuart, NC State – 1:39.58
  3. Justin Ress, NC State – 1:40.57

Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich lowered his own pool, meet, and conference records after a thrilling race with NC State’s Hennessey Stuart.  Tarasevich seemed to have a minor problem with the backstroke starting wedge immediately prior to the race’s start, but stayed close to Stuart through the first 50.  The two men then had the same exact split for the second 50, before Tarasevich pulled ahead of Stuart by .03 at the 150 mark.

The crowd was standing for the final 50, as the two swimmers matched each other almost stroke-for-stroke going into the final lunge for the wall.  In the end, Tarasevich touched just ahead of Stuart, winning 1:39.28 to 1:39.58.

NC State’s Justin Ress finished third in 1:40.57, followed by North Carolina’s Nicholas Graesser (1:40.83) and Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen (1:41.23).  All three of those times were faster than what it took to get a NCAA invite in this event last year.

100 Free – Finals

  1. Ryan Held, NC State – 41.69
  2. Simonas Bilis, NC State – 42.16
  3. Soeren Dahl, NC State – 42.85

NC State sophomore Ryan Held told us yesterday that he wanted to go 41 in the 100 freestyle.  He got his wish tonight.  Held, who won the 50 free Thursday night, was just behind teammate Simonas Bilis at the halfway mark, 19.75 to 19.96.  Held stayed underwater a bit longer on the turns, pulled ahead of Bilis, and put it away over the final few yards, touching in 41.69.  Bilis finished second in 42.16, after swimming 41.77 this morning.

The Wolfpack had four swimmers in this final, and took four of the top five spots.  Soeren Dahl took third in 42.85, and Joe Bonk touched in 43.00 for fifth.  In between those two was Georgia Tech’s Youssef Hammoud (42.92).

NC State continues to build on its dominating lead, and now has 1230 points.  Louisville is safely in second place with 904.5, while Virginia Tech is currently in third with 784, and UNC sits in fourth with 746.5.

200 Breast – Finals

  1. Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech – 1:52.87
  2. Yannick Kaeser, Virginia – 1:53.41
  3. Carlos Claverie, Louisville – 1:53.77

Brandon Fiala earned his second win of the meet, setting a new pool and meet record in 1:52.87.  Fiala looked particularly powerful on the start, staying underwater well over halfway down the pool, and only taking four strokes to the first wall.  He continued to build his lead over the first 100, and was ahead by a little over half a second at the halfway mark.

Virginia’s Yannick Kaeser and Louisville’s Carlos Claverie both closed the gap on Fiala by a few tenths on the third 50, but Fiala had the fastest split of the three men over the final lap to hold for the win.  Kaeser ended up in second place with a 1:53.41, and Claverie finished third in 1:53.77.

200 Fly – Finals

  1. Christian McCurdy, NC State – 1:41.42
  2. Zach Harting, Louisville – 1:42.95
  3. Ben Colley, North Carolina – 1:43.55

Christian McCurdy gave NC State its third win on the evening after leading from start to finish.  McCurdy had the fastest split in the field on each 50, appeared to nailed each of his turns, and stayed underwater for about half the pool on each length.  The result was a time of 1:41.42, a new pool, meet, and conference record.

Louisville freshman Zach Harting moved into second place during the second 50 and stayed there the rest of the race, finishing in 1:42.95.  Third place went to Ben Colley for the second year in a row, as he touched in 1:43.55.

Going into the final relay, NC State and Louisville are locked into first and second places, respectively.  UNC holds a narrow, 1.5 point, lead over Virginia Tech, meaning that the battle for third place will come down to the final relay.

400 Free Relay – Finals

  1. NC State – 2:48.52
  2. Notre Dame – 2:52.18
  3. North Carolina – 2:53.12

Suprising no one, NC State jumped out to an early lead and continued to build it throughout the race, with the foursome of Bilis, Held, Bonk, and Dahl finishing in 2:48.52, a new meet record.  Notre Dame took second out of lane one, touching in 2:52.18.  North Carolina took third in 2:53.12, and their finish ahead of Virginia Tech put them into third place overall for the meet.

Final Results

  1. NC State – 1402
  2. Louisville – 1067.5
  3. North Carolina – 897.5
  4. Virginia Tech – 892
  5. Georgia Tech – 776
  6. Virginia – 737
  7. Notre Dame – 678
  8. Duke – 643
  9. Florida State – 606
  10. Pittsburgh – 345
  11. Boston College – 192
  12. Miami – 92

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5 years ago

Christian McCurdy is also from NC State, not UNC.. That’s 4 of the 5 events led by NC State this morning!

5 years ago

Sam Magnan is going to be big for Virginia in the next few years.