2016 NC State Invite: Ipsen Races to 4:13 Victory in 500 Free

2016 NC STATE INVITATIONAL

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  • Hosted by NC State University
  • Thursday, November 17th-Saturday, November 19th
  • 25 yards
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The first night of finals at the 2016 NC State GAC Invitational kicked off with the 200 free relays. On the women’s side, UNC raced to victory in 1:28.19 ahead of NC State’s 1:29.01. On the men’s side, however, it was NC State that came out on top, with Ryan Held leading off in 19.09 to help the team to a 1:17.94 victory. There’s an issue with most of the other splits in the results, so we’ll update with more splits if that gets fixed.

The 500 free was the first event individually, with NC State’s Anton Ipsen dominating the men’s race in a quick 4:13.40. Also under 4:20 to round out the top 3 were UNC’s Jordan Merilees (4:17.86) and NC State’s Adam Linker (4:17.97). The Wolfpack’s Hannah Moore got to the wall first on the women’s side to win it in 4:42.27. Also in the low 4:40s was Duke’s Verity Abel, who finished 2nd in 4:43.56.

All-American Alexia Zevnik kept the trend of Wolfpack wins going in the women’s 200 IM, nearly matching her prelims time to win in 1:56.82. Tennessee’s Meghan Small made big moves to clock a 1:57.27 for silver ahead of Duke’s Leah Goldman (1:57.33). A tight race in the men’s 200 IM saw NC State’s Soeren Dahl and Tennessee’s Sam McHugh battle to the finish, with Dahl touching first in 1:44.46, followed by McHugh in 1:45.07.

In the 50 free, UNC’s Caroline Baldwin broke up the NC State sweep of individual races, swimming to victory with a 21.98 with the only sub-22 on the women’s side tonight. NC State’s Ryan Held popped another 19-low to win the men’s race, touching in 19.17.

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Paul
4 years ago

Held was 19.0/19.1 from a flat start today.
Dressel was 18.7/19.2 from flat starts. But with a 1:42.7 2IM inbetween.
I don’t think Dressel has much to be scared of.

NC state has crazy depth in every event. I’m starting to doubt Texas’s “guaranteed” title being so “guaranteed”

NCSwimFan
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

State’s sprint events outside of Held are weaker than they were a year ago though. It’ll take strong relays for State to contend.

Isaac
Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 years ago

3/4ths of their sprinters are back from last season they’re just not swimming as fast yet. Hopefully McGlaughlin and/or Johnson have some big drops at the end of the season.

Rookery
Reply to  Isaac
4 years ago

Bilis is a big loss though. I agree with Paul about Dressel but not about NC States title chances. Wait until Texas has their invite and let’s see what happens.

Paul
Reply to  Rookery
4 years ago

To be clear, i wasn’t saying NC state is suddenly a huge title contender. I’m just saying Texas’s chances of winning have gone from 99.9% down to maybe 95%

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

If texas’s chances have dropped, it isn’t because of NC State; it’s because of Cal.

swimnerd
Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 years ago

they don’t rest too much mid-year, I’m sure they’ll be ready to go when it counts. but as stated below, losing Bilis is big for the 200-400 free relays

PVSFree
Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 years ago

They’ve still got Bonk and I’m sure Mack McGlaughlin will be able to put in some quick splits come March

Rickybooby
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

Where did he do these times ?

Person
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

Texas hasn’t exactly looked great so far, but maybe they’re working uber hard, as in harder than they have before. Also Licon seems to be injured. I still think they’ll win just because of how last year they had a “mediocre” meet and still blew everyone away.

Uberfan
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

If they don’t win it then who will? They’ve got too much depth in too many events to lose

Uberfan
4 years ago

That Held guy is quite quick

Person
4 years ago

Held NCAA predictions anyone? 18 something at least, I don’t know how low he can get down. Dressel still the favorite, I know it’s a post Olympic year and it’s a huge ask but… 17.99 please XD

MIKE
4 years ago

Out of topic. But why is nobody covering the Georgia Tech Invite¡

Swimmer
Reply to  MIKE
4 years ago

Exactly. Dressel is not swimming at this meet.

Coach J
4 years ago

Meet mobile show 18.73 Dressel led off relay??

Jonathan
Reply to  Coach J
4 years ago

Thats insane

Paul
Reply to  Jonathan
4 years ago

For a guy that’s gone 18.2 and won Olympic Gold?
Keep in mind he was 18.7 last fall as well. Dude is on a different planet than the rest of the NCAA.

Crazy fast? Yes.
Insane or Unexpected? Not really.

PKWater
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

Did you see his meet lineup for that afternoon? lead off on the relay (18.7) 2IM (1:42.77) 50 free (19.28) anchor on the 400 free relay (41.9) I would say that is a pretty impressive in season for a packed schedule. Makes me think that they are seeing what his body can handle come NCAAs.

Paul
Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

I saw the same thing. Going back to some interviews in late 2015/early 2016 with Gregg Troy, he made it clear that Dressel is extremely talented and hard-working across all four strokes, but his freestyle is what stood out the most and that’s what they focused on for the 2016 Olympic cycle. He also stated that afterwards they would be developing him into a more all-around guy, which can be seen in that in-season 1:42.77 2IM shortly after an 18.7.
I think they’re going to do continue to do really good job of developing Dressel into a multi-event threat over the next two years, while keeping his sprint freestyle up. His versatility and strength through multiple events is going… Read more »

Swimmer
Reply to  Coach J
4 years ago

Dressel is not swimming at this meet.

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Small but important typo point – paragraph 2, other swimmers under 2:20 for the 500? Perhaps 4:20 instead? Thanks for the great article otherwise.

Admin
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Thanks for pointing that out Coach, it’s been corrected.

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