2016 ACC Men’s Champs: Day Four Prelims Live Recap

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 11

February 27th, 2016 ACC, College, News


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.

NC State 928
Louisville 792.5
VT 688
UNC 659.5
GT 518
UVA 515
Duke 472
FSU 443
ND 441
Pitt 289
BC 160
Miami 88


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.

Top 8

  1. Hennessey Stuart (NCSU), 1:39.76
  2. Grigory Tarasevich (LOU), 1:40.33
  3. Aaron Greene (LOU), 1:40.94
  4. Justin Ress (NCSU), 1:41.29
  5. Robert Owen (VT), 1:41.36
  6. Nic Graesser (UNC), 1:41.42
  7. Nolan Tesone (LOU), 1:41.66
  8. Rob Whitacre (ND), 1:42.17


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.

  1. Simonas Bilis (NCSU), 41.77
  2. Ryan Held (NCSU), 42.56
  3. Joseph Bonk (NCSU), 42.92
  4. Youssef Hammoud (GT), 42.93
  5. Soeren Dahl (NCSU), 43.01
  6. Justin Plaschka (ND), 43.14
  7. Trevor Carroll (LOU), 43.20
  8. Jason McCormick (FSU), 43.21


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.

Top 8

  1. Brandon Fiala (VT), 1:52.96
  2. Moises Loschi (GT), 1:54.95
  3. Yannick Kaeser (UVA), 1:55.13
  4. Jason Coombs (FSU), 1:55.28
  5. Carlos Claverie (LOU), 1:56.32
  6. Kurt Wohlrab (UNC), 1:56.41
  7. Patrik Schwarzenbach (NCSU), 1:56.45
  8. Michael McBryan (UNC), 1:56.54


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.

  1. Christian McCurdy (NCSU), 1:43.03
  2. Zach Fong (UVA), 1:44.23
  3. Zach Harting (LOU), 1:44.40
  4. Austin Snyder (NCSU), 1:44.43
  5. Ben Colley (UNC), 1:44.71
  6. Thaxter Hensley (FSU), 1:44.74
  7. Joshua Quallen (LOU), 1:44.74
  8. Matthew Grauslys (ND), 1:44.82

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5 years ago

3 swimmers below 43. I’m calling it now NC state wins all the relays except for medley

Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

Simi would have had a good shot at the 100 fly as well. That would have been fun to see.

ct swim fan
5 years ago

Seems like a foregone conclusion that NC State will win this by over 200 points not even factoring in the 1650 where they have 3 of the top 5 seeds. I also believe Louisville loses Carroll and Tarasevich for the 400 free relay as they have already been in 4 relays.

Pack fan
5 years ago

I’m not even sure they couldn’t have won the 400 medley yesterday. They swam bonk as the free leg. Bilis or held could have swam faster and potentially made up the lost ground. Eventually an elite recruit will buy in to what is going on at state and the result will be incredible. There is no better place for someone like Hoffer. They develop swimmers like no other. They’re still holding back this week and they’re dominating the ACC. I follow this team very closely and know that they’re not even fielding their best swimmers in some events. 100 fly for example, Burkett is faster than both guys they put in yesterday. They haven’t even shown all their cards.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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