2016 ACC MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
- When: Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Saturday, Feb. 27; Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
- Defending Champion: NC State (results)
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After a strong session that included a Wolfpack 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free, NC State holds a lead of more than 130 points over 2nd place Louisville with diving points factored in.
Simonas Bilis and Ryan Held, who’ve tangled in the 50 and 200 freestyles already this meet, will duel again today in the 100 free. This will be NC State’s strongest event of the day, and don’t be surprised if half (or more) of the top 8 in this event are made up of Wolfpack members.
Louisville also has a strong day ahead, with plenty of potential A-finalists across all events. The battle between VT and UNC is incredibly close for third, as is the team race between UNC and Georgia Tech right behind them. See full team scores (with diving) after last night’s finals session below.
200 BACK PRELIMS
Hennessey Stuart, an NC State sophomore, wasted no time in this race, getting out very quick in 47.89 and finishing up at 1:39.76. His teammate Justin Ress also made his way into the A final with a 1:41.29.
Sandwiched between those Wolfpack members were Louisville Cardinals Grigory Tarasevich (1:40.33) and Aaron Greene (1:40.94). Look for Tarasevich to challenge Stuart tonight.
- Hennessey Stuart (NCSU), 1:39.76
- Grigory Tarasevich (LOU), 1:40.33
- Aaron Greene (LOU), 1:40.94
- Justin Ress (NCSU), 1:41.29
- Robert Owen (VT), 1:41.36
- Nic Graesser (UNC), 1:41.42
- Nolan Tesone (LOU), 1:41.66
- Rob Whitacre (ND), 1:42.17
100 FREE PRELIMS
NC State’s Simonas Bilis tore it up, shredding a 41.77 in the penultimate heat to set new conference, meet, and school records. He was out in 20.11 and came back hard in a 21.66, taking the top spot for finals tonight by almost eight full tenths.
As expected, this was a Wolfpack party, with Bilis, Held, and Joe Bonk grabbing the top three positions and Soeren Dahl joining them in the top 8 at 5th.
- Simonas Bilis (NCSU), 41.77
- Ryan Held (NCSU), 42.56
- Joseph Bonk (NCSU), 42.92
- Youssef Hammoud (GT), 42.93
- Soeren Dahl (NCSU), 43.01
- Justin Plaschka (ND), 43.14
- Trevor Carroll (LOU), 43.20
- Jason McCormick (FSU), 43.21
200 BREAST PRELIMS
Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala, who took the 200 IM title earlier in the meet, blasted to new meet and pool records in the 200 breast. His time of 1:52.96 leads the field going into finals by nearly two full seconds.
Moises Loschi (1:54.95) of GT and Yannick Kaeser (1:55.13) of Virginia finished up in 2nd and 3rd. That was a school record for Loschi. Only UNC got more than one swimmer into the A final, with Kurt Wohlrab and Michael McBryan touching in 6th and 8th.
- Brandon Fiala (VT), 1:52.96
- Moises Loschi (GT), 1:54.95
- Yannick Kaeser (UVA), 1:55.13
- Jason Coombs (FSU), 1:55.28
- Carlos Claverie (LOU), 1:56.32
- Kurt Wohlrab (UNC), 1:56.41
- Patrik Schwarzenbach (NCSU), 1:56.45
- Michael McBryan (UNC), 1:56.54
200 FLY PRELIMS
NC State’s Christian McCurdy was the sole swimmer under 1:44 this morning, turning in a 1:43.03 to take the top seed going into finals.
The rest of the field is seriously bunched up– 2nd place Zach Fong of UVA and 8th place Matthew Grauslys of Notre Dame are only separated by 59 hundredths.
- Christian McCurdy (NCSU), 1:43.03
- Zach Fong (UVA), 1:44.23
- Zach Harting (LOU), 1:44.40
- Austin Snyder (NCSU), 1:44.43
- Ben Colley (UNC), 1:44.71
- Thaxter Hensley (FSU), 1:44.74
- Joshua Quallen (LOU), 1:44.74
- Matthew Grauslys (ND), 1:44.82