2016 NC State Invitational: Ipsen Rocks 14:39 Mile in Day 3 Finals


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Thursday, November 17th-Saturday, November 19th
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1. NC State- 2133
2. Notre Dame- 1593
3. Duke- 1361
4. UNC- 1196
5. Air Force- 1042
6. Tennessee- 897
7. West Virginia- 530
8. Virginia- 47

NC State distance standout Anton Ipsen finished out the 2016 NC State GAC Invitational with a blistering 14:39.63 to win the men’s 1650 free. That time put him over 20 seconds ahead of anyone else in the field. Behind him, freshman Jack McIntyre (15:00.52) and senior Adam Linker (15:04.78) completed the top 3 sweep for NC State.

The Wolfpack’s Ryan Held, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, won his 3rd event of the meet in the men’s 100 free. Held touched the wall in a speedy 42.40 for another Wolfpack win. Coming in behind him were Notre Dame’s Tabahn Afrik (43.04) and Tennessee’s Kyle DeCoursey (43.14).

Notre Dame’s Matt Grauslys pulled in a win for the Fighting Irish in the men’s 200 fly. His 1:44.29 was a full 3 seconds faster than anyone else. Picking up 2nd behind him was UNC’s Michael Meyer, an All-American transfer from Arizona and South African Olympian, in 1:47.34.


1. NC State- 1938
2. UNC- 1845.5
3. Duke- 1561.5
4. Notre Dame- 1213.5
5. Tennessee- 887.5
6. West Virginia- 553
7. Marshall- 508
8. Miami- 467
9. Virginia- 45

NC State All-American Alexia Zevnik pulled off an impressive double on the final night with back-to-back event wins. Her first win came in the 200 back, where she swam a 1:53.05 to outswim freshman teammate Mackenzie Glover (1:53.85) and UNC’S Hellen Moffitt (1:54.89). Zenvik then turned around to win the 100 free in a quick 48.08.

Moffitt picked up another 3rd place finish later in the session with her 2nd swim of the night in the 200 fly. In that event, her teammate Sarah Koucheki was the fastest swimmer with her 1:55.84. Duke’s Isa Paez (1:56.61) and Moffitt (1:56.84) followed for 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The women’s 1650 free saw NC State’s distance duo of Hannah Moore and Rachel Muller take a 1-2 finish for the Wolfpack. Moore dominated the race, winning it with a 16:09.65, while Muller picked up 2nd with a 16:25.08.

Additional Event Winners:
Men’s 200 back- Hennessey Stuart, NC State, 1:41.31
Women’s 200 breast- Kayla Brumbaum, NC State, 2:09.89
Men’s 200 breast- Kevin Fanter, Air Force, 1:56.85
Women’s 400 free reklay- NC State (Zevnik, Perry, Dufield, Caldwell), 3:13.35
Men’s 400 free relay (Ress, Dahl, Johnson, Held), 2:52.28

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samuel huntington
4 years ago

NC State seemed to underwhelm just a little at this meet

Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Not sure what you saw. I thought they were pretty darn impressive. Not shaved. Minimal rest and suits from what I’ve heard. Those are pretty fast times considering. Don’t forget they get a huge pickup at semester too

samuel huntington
Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

what do you mean by “huge pickup at semester”?

Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Greek Olympian. 1:57 long course 2IM

Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Several top 5 times in the country from several swimmers in various strokes who were not shaved not rested. Not sure what it would take to overwhelm you.

samuel huntington
Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

I think the loss of Bilis is huge. The relays are not quite as complete as last year. They have a hole in breaststroke. Compared to what I’ve seen the last two years, it was a little underwhelming.

Ct swim fan
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

People have to be careful when comparing times at this time of year. Some teams rest and shave and suit up fully while others do it to varying degrees. Only the teams really know to what degree they are rested. I will say this for NC State, when comparing results from meets where swimmers were not rested, shaved or in suits their times stack up near the top.

Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Sounds like no matter what times were put up you don’t want to believe that NC State is a great swim team. Losing Bilis was huge. The team is more complete than last year. The distance group has upped its game with Ipsen Linker and MacIntyre Warner adds breast stroke depth. Stewart adds to the backstroke and McGlaughln is the new sprinter. Believe what you want to believe- the team is deeper and more complete. Last year NC State was 4th at NCAAs The highest finish by any team without any individual winners-the highest of any team.

4 years ago

Really confused at what’s happening with the UNC men?? Where is Ryan Torie and top-15 recruit Brocato? Thought they’d be challenging NC State for first at this meet

Reply to  Cheeseburger
4 years ago

Ha, ok at this point you must be a UVA or State swimmer looking to rub it in. No idea where Torie is. Brocato Is swimming just not very fast.

Challenge NC state???. So comical. Mark it down. UNC men won’t challenge NC state until they hire a new coach. UNC is irrelevant to NC state now. NC State is at a completely different level of swimming.

I’ll say it again. This is worst UNC men have looked in 30 years. UNC women look better, but they were obviously pretty rested and shaved and lost to an NC state women’s team not rested as much and not shaved.

Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

UNC women were not shaved and were not fully tapered. Take that as you will.

Reply to  FactCheck
4 years ago

Dropping half seconds in 50 free. Going almost a full second faster in 50s than in season. Lots of best times.

Let’s put it this way…compare the % of best times on UNC women side to Teams that really weren’t rested and shaved.

Say what you want. If Baldwin goes 21.3 at the end of season or their 200 free relay goes 1:26 then I’ll believe you.

Otherwise you’re full of nonsense. They’re probably telling their women that they weren’t. But it’s obvious and mark it down. I’ll compare the times for you at the end of season.

If they had a new coach, I’d maybe consider the idea. But Nope, nothing new

Reply to  FactCheck
4 years ago

Oh and for the record. I’d love it if you were right. I want nothing more for UNC to become the great team they have the potential to be. Then the ACC could reach its potential. Everyone wins.

Just saying, you don’t break school records etc without decent rest.

4 years ago

I think it’s fair to say that this week has had some pretty insane swims 🙂

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