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


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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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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”


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.


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.


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.


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%


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


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


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


Where did he do these times ?


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.


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


That Held guy is quite quick


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

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